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Emblem Club seeks table hosts for annual Spring Fling

It’s Spring Fling time again with Crescent City Emblem Club 175. 

Planned for noon on Saturday, April 25, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds main building, the annual fundraising luncheon and auction supports scholarships for Del Norte High School students.

The event includes a live auction, door prize drawings and entertainment by the Northcoast Chorale. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 each and are available at Wendy’s Beauty Salon, Del Norte Office Supply and at the door. 

For more information or to decorate and host an auction table, call Pauli Dorman at 465-4736.

Freemasons honor outstanding students

Submitted District Superintendent Don Olson, right, introduces the “most outstanding male” student, Dylan Jennings, at Wednesday’s ceremony. Submitted
Del Norte County’s Freemasons, teachers, parents and grandparents celebrated student achievement Wednesday by honoring a boy and girl from each public school.

These students received certificates of achievement and $100 checks from Crescent City’s Freemasons Lodge No. 45. Two more students, Del Norte High School’s Dylan Jennings and Shayla Campbell, were named the most outstanding male and female in Del Norte County Unified School District.

Jennings and Campbell received certificates of achievement from the local Masonic Lodge and checks of $250.


Volunteers to renovate playground

A local community service organization is seeking volunteers to help restore and improve the Kid Town playground at Beachfront Park.

Local representatives with JustServe will spearhead the improvement of the playground on April 25, which will include cleanup and painting. Tools, paint, cleaning products and onsite supervision will be provided by Crescent City staff. Public Works Director Eric Wier will be on hand to supervise the work.

The group is seeking volunteers 16 and older.


Anniversary: Knitter

Harry and Judy Knitter of Cave Junction, Ore., celebrated their 50th anniversary with their daughter Lynn and son-in-law Marty. Harry Carl Knitter Jr. married Judith Ann Blagden on April 10, 1965, at the Smith River Methodist Church.  

Harry worked for Simpson Timber Company and the Del Norte County Road Department. Judy worked for Simonson Lumber Company and the Del Norte County Assessor. The Knitters retired to Cave Junction in 2005, where they enjoy motorcycle riding, gardening and volunteering at the Kerbyville Museum.

Elks installs officers

Crescent City Elks Lodge installed officers for 2015-16 on Saturday with dinner and dancing.



Scholastic: Walker

Griffin Walker, a senior at Del Norte High School, has received a $2,500 National Merit Corporation scholarship.

Walker is one of 700 recipients of the National Merit Achievement scholarship, according to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The scholarships were awarded on a regional representation basis in proportion to the population of black Americans.

Walker was named a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program in October. She is the first Del Norte High School student to receive this honor, school counselor Melisa Monteon said in October. 

Walker moved with her family to Del Norte from Orange County five years ago. She plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

Garage Sale Review: What does your sign say about your garage sale?

Spelling errors aside, a descriptive, easy-to-read sign can help draw crowds to your sale. Del Norte Triplicate / Aaron West
Buenos días, you deal-diggin’ dingbats! For this week’s Garage Sale Review, I thought it’d be useful to begin looking into an element of the garage sale world that’s so universal, familiar, and integral to the weekend junk-buying process that without it, scholars argue, yard sales in their current form simply couldn’t exist. Like oxygen or the mystical Sasquatch, this fundamental factor of garage sale life is lurking all around us, yet it usually goes unseen and forgotten. As you probably guessed, I’m talking about yard sale signs. 

Like a drill or a hammer, the yard sale sign is one of the most powerful tools that both a garage sale seller as well as a garage sale shopper has in their toolbelts, along with markers and a staple remover, for efficiently dismantling rival yard sale signs (it’s a spacious belt). (Actually, the belt is metaphorical.) But if handled irresponsibly, yard sale signs can quickly become one of your least useful tools, the kind of tool that actually takes apart whatever you’re working on, also like a drill or a hammer.

Senior Sleuth: Finding the good in hardship

Dr. Greg Duncan gets the credit for this column today about Marilyn Cook. He suggested that I interview her because “her story is uplifting and quite unusual. Most seniors with loss of both legs do not walk independently or drive.”

Marilyn’s story also exemplifies the theme of my Easter show on KFUG 101.1 FM, 3–4 pm, “Sunday Afternoon Hymns and Prayer.” As I said on the show, I believe we are here on earth to find the good. And when we find the good, we find God because God and good are one and the same. It’s a simple philosophy, but it has served Marilyn well.

Marilyn moved here in 2000 from Orange County to be with her younger son and his family. She said, “My dad, who passed away that year, loved the redwoods. We used to come here on vacation every summer. 




Church Notebook: God speaks to those who listen

Did the rain stop in time for your Easter Sonrise service?

If it was scheduled later than ours it may have. But, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, it was raining and cold, so we had our service in the church. And by the time we were finished, it had stopped, so those who scheduled at 7:30 may have been able to hold the services outside.

Ours is always scheduled to start a bit before sunrise so that we can see it from the time it just peeks up over the horizon down at the beach. The beauty of each individual event varies, but is always special.

Grist for the Mill: Our diets can help conserve in drought

Last month, I wrote about living in food deserts – places where there isn’t adequate access to affordable, healthy foods. This month, I’m focusing on food in deserts and the desert I’m talking about is California.

The prolonged drought in California is dominating headlines after Governor Brown’s announcement of mandatory water restrictions. California residents are being asked to cut water use by 25 percent in the absence of rain and snowpack this winter. 

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