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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. 


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.


Birth: Bigham

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Marlie Kaye Bigham
Marlie Kaye Bigham was born Nov. 8 at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.


Birth: Davis

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Johanna Jean Davis
Johanna Jean Davis was born Aug. 20 at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. She weighed 2 pounds, 10.3 ounces and measured 16.1 inches. Johanna’s parents are Charley and Kristina Davis. She joins brothers Gabe and Little Charley. 


Birth: Rolen

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David James Rolen Jr.
David James Rolen Jr. was born Oct. 12 in Crescent City. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19¼ inches. David’s parents are David and Destiny Rolen of Crescent City. His siblings are DeJa Payne and Thomas and Cyndal Harte.

 


Lions Club tackles litter

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Left to right: Anne Mostovoy, Roger Gitlin, Sheila Coop, Jamie O’Brien, John Foster and Jim Coop. Submitted
Lions Club members donned hard hats and Caltrans vests to pick up litter along a 2-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 on Nov. 9.


Gray Matters: Fostering healthy lifestyles

It takes a village.

How many times have we heard this phrase? What it’s really about is remembering a basic fact of life: people need other people to live and to thrive. The Senior Village Movement is spreading like proverbial wildfire because it promises, and delivers, what many seniors are looking for: a way to live independently yet remain connected.


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