Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Local 'mega-fans,' Mountain School, drug dropoff day

When Crescent City's Masonic Lodge burned down last June 29, more than a building was lost.

"Over 150 years of records and memories of fellowship, love and charitable deeds of like-minded, good men were simply erased," said John Pricer, master of Lodge No. 45. "Since that time, the active members of the Lodge have been working diligently to rebuild. It took the members weeks and weeks of planning and preparation to get to this day."

The day he was referring to was last Tuesday, when Lodge leaders gathered for a ground-breaking for a new building at the same Ninth Street site.

"The new lodge, when complete, will be available for community activities, conferences, meetings, and fundraisers," Pricer said. "It will have a large dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen where even gourmet chefs will be able to prepare meals."

The groundbreaking was dedicated to past and present members of the Masonic community, including Eastern Star, Job's Daughters and DeMoley.

"In this new lodge, new memories will rise up like the Phoenix from the ashes, and Masonic traditions and charities will continue to prosper," Pricer said.

A monstrous opening

"Love in the Time of Monsters," an independent feature film shot in Del Norte last summer, had its Los Angeles premiere Thursday at the Downtown Independent.

Hundreds of people attended the showing, including local community theater activist Jenny Young, who assisted with casting and also had a small role, and Ellen Schaub, owner of the Patrick Creek Lodge where most of the film was shot.

"It was great to see such a large turnout and to see Del Norte on the big screen," said Humboldt-Del Norte County Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine.

As you may recall from last summer's hubbub, the movie tells the story of two sisters who travel to a roadside tourist trap where they battle toxic monsters dressed in bigfoot costumes to save the ones they love.

When will it be shown in Del Norte? "The producers are working on it," Cassandra said. "Hopefully soon."

For more information regarding Love in the Time of Monsters, visit

'We're like mega-fans'

Crescent City residents Jeff and Kathy Reed never thought they'd end up on the 6 o'clock news when they went to check out the San Francisco Giants' World Series trophies in Medford last month.

A local news station reporter spotted the fancy Giants shirt Jeff was sporting and asked for a brief interview.

The trophies were on a 35-city tour to give diehard Giants fans the opportunity to ooh and ahh over them after the team won championships last season and in 2010.

Jeff bought the button-down shirt with an elaborate Giants montage about eight years ago. He doesn't wear it for just any occasion. "They're not cheap to buy and they don't wash well," he said.

"We're like mega-fans," said Kathy, who's been loving the Giants ever since the team moved from New York in 1958 to San Francisco.

"My husband had to be converted after we met," she said. "He's a Florida boy. Then our children never stood a chance (of becoming supporters of any other team).

"We're looking forward to them winning the World Series again."

Now that's dedication.

Help out Mountain School

The Gasquet Mountain School is in need of silent auction items for its May 18 annual pancake fundraiser beginning at 8 a.m. Monies raised will go toward field trips and educational activities for students.

If you'd like to donate an item, call 457-3211.

The Gasquet Mountain School PTO wants to thank last year's sponsors: Barbra Clausen, The Mail Room, Hiouchi Hamlet, Del Norte Office Supply, The Home Depot, Jed Smith Redwood Burl Co., Wright's Framing, Tsunami Kenpo Karate, Crescent Ace Hardware, Babich Construction, Debbie White, Camille Garcia, Wild Bill, Walmart, Off the Map, Rick Bennett, Coast True Value and Patti Alexander.

Ditch the pharmaceuticals

Here's a chance to properly discard unwanted or expired prescription drugs that might be cluttering up the medicine cabinet.

Sheriff's Explorers will operate a drop-off point for old medications Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot across the street from the Sheriff's Office at Fifth and G streets. Another one will be set up at the Yurok Tribal Police office in Klamath.

The DEA's "Take-back Program" helps to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. Pharmaceutical drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused, and when flushed down the drain can contaminate the water supply.

"Drop them off with no questions asked about where they came from," said Del Norte County Sheriff's Deputy Enrique Ortega.