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Many hands, light work

Del Norte High School sophomore Michael Levi hangs Thanksgiving artwork from local elementary students Wednesday at the fairgrounds. Del Norte Triplicate / Melea Burke
Volunteers expect to serve around 800 turkey dinners 
at annual holiday celebration 

Volunteers have been hard at work this week scouring the main hall at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds to get it ready for Thanksgiving.

Volunteers will fire up the kitchen at 7 a.m. today to get all the sides prepared by show time at noon. The star of the community Thanksgiving dinner will be the 40 turkeys that were donated by Cholwell, Benz and Hartwick, ordered by Northwoods Restaurant and roasted at various locations throughout town.

Federal audit questions tribe’s use of grants

An audit from the U.S. Department of Justice’s solicitor general released this month questions $112,123 in federal grant funding used by the Yurok Tribe’s Hoe-Kue-Moh Corporation, a nonprofit organization providing legal services for tribal members.

The audit also says that required financial and progress reports submitted by Hoe-Kue-Moh contained discrepancies. Hoe-Kue-Moh has since implemented policies and procedures that address and will avoid future discrepancies found by the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General, according to the audit.

Tree-trimming Tradition

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

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.’”

Birth: Ginsberg

Axel Emery Ginsberg
Axel Emery Ginsberg was born Oct. 31, 2014, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches. 

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

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

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

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.

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