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Tree-trimming Tradition

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Festival of Trees co-chairs Sandy Myers, Ellie Latt and Charlotte Fleshman (co-chair Brenda Harris is not pictured). Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
‘Homespun’ theme wins People’s Choice Award; other crowd favorites are trees made of wood, posts 

More than 40 decorated Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes stood at the perimeter of the main building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Teddy bears and stuffed animals hid in the eaves of some trees; others had toy trains chugging away underneath and shiny baubles hanging from their boughs. 


Grassroots effort to beautify Redwood School

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Hand-drawn plans detail the Redwood Curb Appeal project. Submitted
Sixty-five years ago, Susan Taylor’s grandfather donated the land Redwood School was built on. Now, the retired teacher is teaming up with the school district, teachers and parents to beautify the elementary school’s entryway.

“I went to all of the different campuses of the town schools and I thought, ‘Wow, I’m impressed,’” Taylor said. “I went to Redwood ... it looked like an abandoned old building. It looked like nobody cared. I thought, ‘I’m retired; I have the time. I need to do something about it.’”


Church Notebook: Giving thanks for family

Just a few more days to Thanksgiving.

Many of you will be surrounded by your families — maybe even all of your children and grandchildren if you are fortunate enough to all be in sufficient proximity to gather.


Happy Feet

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Bess Maxwell Elementary student Marco Martinez tries on his new pair of shoes after a shopping trip to Payless. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Shawna Wilson was somewhat nervous when 24 kids streamed into Payless ShoeSource on Friday, but she said she was looking forward to it. 

The youngsters, second- and third-graders from Bess Maxwell Elementary School, lined up in front of the store manager and her associate Tiffany Lopez to have their feet measured. Once they learned their size, the kids combed the aisles, looking for the perfect pair of sneakers as their substitute teacher, Cathy Woodward, looked on.

“You may use your walking feet and look for shoes,” Woodward said. “Do not grab them off the shelves and do not take them out of the box unless you put them back.”


Decking the Halls

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Christmas trees decorated and donated by local businesses and individuals will be raffled off during this weekend’s Festival of Trees. Del Norte Triplicate file photo
The main building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds will become a woodland of decorated Christmas trees Friday and Saturday as the Emblem Club gears up for its largest fundraiser of the year.

The 20th annual Festival of Trees will raffle off more than 40 Christmas trees donated and decorated by local businesses and individuals. Members of the public can view the trees and purchase their tickets starting at 2 p.m. Friday. 


Sharing joy through song

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The North Coast Chorale and the Crescent City Children’s Choir will present their annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 319 E. St. in Crescent City. This is a venue that has excellent acoustics.

Sixty community members strong, the chorale has been in rehearsal since mid-August, preparing a program that includes a variety of works such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Mary’s Lullaby,” “O Come, Oh Come,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Ubi Caritas,” and “What Child is This,” among others. 


Shooters to compete for turkeys

It’s called a turkey shoot, and even though folks won’t be taking aim at the star of many a Thanksgiving spread, a lucky few will bring a bird home.

Shooters of all ages will try to hit clay pigeons at the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club’s November Fun Shoot on Sunday. The Fun Shoot will be open to the public, but shooters will only be able to use shotguns, said Steve Bigham, the club’s vice president. The event will be held rain or shine.


Toiletries sought for care packages

Del Norte County’s literacy program is collecting small bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Band-Aids, matches and other personal care items through the end of this month.

Del Norte Reads is collecting personal care items small enough to fit in a Ziploc sandwich bag or a pocket, said literacy manager Kelley Nolan. The program hopes to coordinate with members of the faith-based community and other social service organizations to get the items to those who need it.


Local KOA wins org.’s top awards for 8th year

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A sign directs visitors to the award-winning Crescent City KOA. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
The owners of the local KOA campground have received the KOA President’s and Founder’s awards by Kampgrounds of America Inc. for the eighth year in a row.

Kevin and Joan Fallon, owners of the Crescent City / Redwoods KOA, have received the awards since 2008. They’ve operated the local KOA campground since 2005.


Birth: Anderson

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Dean Wayne Anderson
Dean Wayne Anderson was born Oct. 12 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20 inches.


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