Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

Crescent City's festivities; a flying 98-year-old; and the loss of Eleanor Peepe

Was that a great Fourth of July celebration? Rather than giving you my post-game assessment, I'll let a couple of e-mails do the job. The first is from Bicoastal Media Radio manager Renandeacute; Shanle-Hutzell to Chamber Executive Director Jeff Parmer. Some excerpts:

"Wanted to reach out and say thanks for all your work on the Fourth of July. The Beachfront layout was very good. The food vendors were great, on the grassandhellip;bringing more people to the actual beachfront. The Margaritaville stand was a hit ... Of course, how you got the weather to cooperate, that's the real compliment! andhellip; It was still 63 degrees at 8 p.m. and the wind magically died down for the fireworks."

And from Jeff's response:

"I thanked Renandeacute; for her kind words but also told her that I can't take all the credit... It truly was a group effort. I and the Chamber have received very favorable comments from parade participants, food and marketplace vendors as well as from the general public. Good job, everyone! Let's make next year even better!"

By the way, here are the winners of the second annual Palmer Westbrook Ranch BBQ Wars Battle at the Beach that had mouths watering in the park Thursday.

andbull; Tri tip: Richard Juneau, first place; John Skaggs, second

andbull; Chicken: Team Mombos, first place; Richard Juneau, second

andbull;Pork ribs: Team Mombos, first; Thomas Family BBQ, second

And one more bit of post-Fourth of July housecleaning: The parade's grand prize winner was Del Norte 4-H, which also won first place in the non-profit float category.

Flying at 98

Among the winners of drawings for free helicopter rides at Cal-Ore Life Flight's recent open house was a Crescent City resident born long before the first choppers were in the air.

That was Mable Byrd, 98, climbing aboard during the June 22 event at Crescent City Airport to familiarize people with the operation and the chance to buy benefit packages that would ease the way should a medical flight ever be necessary.

Mable enjoyed the ride, said her daughter, Mary Rhodes, also of Crescent City. Her mother grew up in a one-room log cabin with a dirt floor on a New Mexico homestead.

Losing Eleanor

Unfortunately, Crescent City lost one of its grand older ladies on the Fourth of July with the passing of Eleanor Peepe, 87.

You may recall a Triplicate feature last December about Eleanor, who had about 400 versions of Santa Claus inside a display case in her living room. She also had a kind word for everyone who passed by her house.

She is the wife of the late Crescent City mayor, William Peepe, who died in 2009.

Funeral services will be held at Wier's Mortuary Chapel on Friday at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery.