Dutch Bros Coffee is partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise funds and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. May is ALS Awareness Month. All Dutch Bros net proceeds from coffee sales on May 4 will be donated to the MDA to help fund local programs for families they serve.

andquot;All of us at Dutch Bros are proud to partner with the MDA on this very important cause,andquot; said Travis Boersma, owner of Dutch Bros. andquot;We encourage everyone to stop by their participating Dutch Bros Coffee location to start their day with a smile and help us help MDA.andquot;

The Muscular Dystrophy Association was formed in the early 1950s to combat neuromuscular diseases. Since then it has become the world's leading private research organization and service provider for those afflicted with ALS.

Jerry Lewis is the MDA National Chairman. In addition to serving the special needs of those afflicted with ALS and their families, MDA leads the search for a treatment or cure through its aggressive worldwide research program.

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Jon Alexander opens law office

Former Del Norte County deputy district attorney and D.A. candidate Jon Alexander opened a law office at 508 H Street, across from the County Courthouse, this month. He offers legal counseling for personal injury and criminal defense cases.

andquot;I've been an attorney for 22 years,andquot; Alexander said. andquot;I had my own firm in Orange County for 18 years, where I was also a public defender and judge pro-tem.andquot;

Alexander was recently appointed commissioner of the county's juvenile justice commission and is chairman of the Del Norte County Meth Summit, an anti-meth organization.

andquot;I think the future of any community is its youth, so I try to do anything I can to help support kids,andquot; he said. andquot;That's something I care very much about.andquot;

Alexander moved to Del Norte County more than two years ago to be closer to his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

For further information, call 464-2700.

Counseling service re-opens

Marriage and family therapist Jacque Cummings recently re-opened her Crescent City professional counseling office at 431 H Street after spending the past three years in Germany counseling soldiers and their families for the military.

Cummings had a private practice in Crescent City for two years prior to going to Germany, and she worked at the Del Norte County Mental Health Department for the previous five years.

andquot;I work with individuals, couples and families,andquot; she said. andquot;I want to start group therapy on women's issues, and I'll be doing therapy online at;

Cummings works with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

andquot;One of my specialties is the panic disorder,andquot; she said. andquot;I've been very successful treating agoraphobia. Some women I treated were afraid to go out of the house, and now they're gainfully employed. I've also treated children, which often involves working with parents and schools.andquot;

For further information, call 954-9541.

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