Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Relay For Life got a big boost last week when it received a donation of $5,000 from a local organization.

Members of the Pelican Bay Chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) presented a check to committee members of the local Relay For Life during a meeting held at the Del Norte Health Care District.

"This is our 14th year donating to the local Relay For Life," said Mary Statham, president of the Pelican Bay chapter of CCPOA. "Relay For Life has supported our members, those who have passed and those that are still with us, through the years."

Jeri Ann Scherer, the event chairperson for the local Relay For Life, said she was very pleased to be the recipient of CCPOA's generosity again this year. "It's awesome to receive such a large donation," she said. She wanted to pass on "a huge thank you" to CCPOA.

Jeri Ann has been involved with Relay For Life for 10 years. Three years ago she herself was diagnosed with cervical cancer. "I was lucky," she said, "they caught it very early."

The local event will be held overnight July 20-21 at the Del Norte High School track. But Relay for Life events are widespread to raise money for cancer research, assist those who are suffering, remember people no longer with us and honor survivors. "We've got to do all we can do to fight back and bring awareness," Jeri said.

In addition to the participants doing laps, the event includes raffles, silent auctions and games "to get the community to come and hang out with us," Jeri said.

And what happens when the big event concludes?

"We turn around and start all over again" planning for next year, Jeri said.

Local teams have been raising money all year, but it's not too late to get involved. For more information, call Laura Read, 951-0582.

Hospital's Haiti exhibit opens

A picture can say a thousand words, goes the saying, and in the case of Dody Ufford's paintings, this is especially true.

Dody, a physician's assistant at Sutter Coast Hospital, went on a relief mission to Haiti 10 days after the country's devastating earthquake in 2010. Deeply moved by all she witnessed, she took a multitude of photographs and last summer, with no artistic training, started to paint those images.

To a hallway full of attendees at her opening reception at Sutter Coast Hospital last week, she explained the circumstances behind each painting.

"Mozart and Mayhem" was done from a photograph Dody took of a young woman playing the violin as a city burned in the distance. With thick smoke and ash in the air, the woman was oblivious to the "mayhem" surrounding her.

Dody continues to make regular trips to Haiti, bringing vitamins and books for the people, especially the children. She started a nonprofit organization, "Haiti One Voice," to aid her efforts.

Her exhibit, "Aftershock - People of Haiti," will be on display at the hospital through July. For information, call Dody at 951-9122 or go to her website at

All about veterans

If you're a veteran or care about one, you should be aware of an event being held Friday in Crescent City for the first time.

During Veteran's Resource Day at the Veteran's Memorial Hall, 810 H St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., informationand assistance will be available regarding a myriad of services available to vets.

There may be a lot more available than vets realize, including benefits, counseling, education, employment opportunities, housing, health care and transportation.

"A lot of them don't even know we're here," said Samantha Isdell, office assistant at the local Veteran's Service Office.

A Mobile Vet Centerwill be on-site to assist vets with verifying service availability. They can get help with starting claims and locating file information, among other things.

And if the experts can't fully serve their needs Friday, "we can send them to a place that does," said Samantha.

A complimentary light soup will be served by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. For more information, call 464-2154.