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A standing ovation began Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting after 2007 was officially declared the andquot;Year of the Childandquot; in Del Norte County.

andquot;There are priorities we want to focus on this year,andquot; said District Five Supervisor David Finigan. andquot;Our children should be our focus.andquot;

Finigan said he wants Del Norte County to be a pioneer in providing child services, and he hopes other counties will follow.

District Two Supervisor Martha McClure echoed Finigan's statement.

andquot;There is nothing truer than, 'You are as strong as your children,'andquot; she said.