Food Day 'informative'

I would like to thank those people responsible for organizing the various Food Day seminars on Oct. 26. I had the pleasure of attending several of the seminars, food fermentation, cooking of local, foraged foods and sustainable farming practices.

There were others I could not attend but heard they were quite informative and well prepared.

If it were possible to have more Food Days throughout the year, I believe more people would attend and realize the educational value of understanding what healthy, local foods are all about.

Thank you to all who presented and all those who attended!

Kirk Sparks

Food Council lauded

The Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Branch, would like to express appreciation to the Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands for hosting Food Day activities held during the week of Oct. 21.

There were exciting and educational activities related to healthy fresh food preparation, supporting local farmers, utilizing local farmers' markets, gardening, wild food identification and foraging, raising backyard chickens and healthy beverage selection. What a wonderful variety of opportunities for learning more about healthy eating as a positive effort toward achieving wellness! All activities enhanced the "farm to fork" concept for growing fresh food locally and supporting local food growers as part of a healthy Del Norte lifestyle.

The Wild Edible Mushroom class was held by mycologist Bob Burch from Jacksonville, Ore. The class began at the Family Resource Center, and then traveled to the South Fork of the Smith River area. The day was beautiful, and the opportunity to learn about wild mushrooms was made more meaningful by observing them in their natural habitat. The opportunity for physical activity along with instruction was a definite bonus.

The Canning and Preserving class was held by Jacki Bennett from the UC Davis Cooperative Extension. The class encouraged food preservation through canning and dehydration. Home canning can be a healthier choice for persons with allergies to preservatives and flavor enhancers found in commercially processed foods while maintaining the nutritional value of fresh food.

It would be interesting to have a workshop in new recipes using both fresh and preserved foods such as healthy homemade pizza and a workshop in smoking locally raised meat and fish.

Other interesting classes included winter gardening and cooking with foraged foods. Even the new book, "It's Picnic Day, Potter!"was launched as part of Food Day. And our Ms. Sunny Baker from DHHS, Public Health Branch, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Program, provided healthy beverage choices during her "Rethink Your Drink" presentation.

Congratulations, Community Food Council, especially to Angela Glore and Connor Caldwell for the success of Food Day 2013. We look forward to next year!

Melody Cannon, Program Manager, Public Health Branch, Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services

Zombies run was fun

The Fred Endert Municipal Swimming Pool sponsored a fund-raising event called, "Zombie: Run From the Horde," on Saturday, Nov. 3. I want to thank the following businesses and organizations that gave generous donations and helped make the run a big success:

Northcoast Roller Derby, Home Depot, Massage for Health, Northwoods, Rumiano's, Cristina's Mexican Restaurant, Java Hut Express, McDonald's and the City of Crescent City.

The pool plays an important role in our community. Almost every child in the county receives at least one session (three hours) of swimming lessons. We have classes for seniors to help with mobility, exercise and recreation times that improve one's overall health and a number of other programs that improve people's lives.

Thank you again for helping to make that happen!

Matt Hildebrandt, Fred Endert Pool manager

Veterans Day Parade

To all who supported the 2013 Veterans Day parade and dinner, we thank you!

Without the generous support of both the Del Norte Sunrise and Crescent City Rotary Clubs, the Lions Club, the Masonic Lodge, Viet Now and VFW Post 1381, we would not have been able to feed our community's veterans and spouses.

Thanks to the USCG honor guard from the Cutter Dorado, the parade's co-grand marshals, the participating U.S. and Hmong veterans, the community adult and youth groups, the firefighters, the first responders and the DNHS band that rode or marched in the parade.

Thanks to the men, women and children of our city who lined the streets to honor their community's veterans.

Finally, thanks to all our community veterans who have served or currently serve their great nation as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you veterans, one and all, for preserving our nation's freedom and liberty.

2013 Veterans Day Parade and Dinner Committee

Thanksgiving dinner

A special thank you to the following businesses and organizations for their generous donations and help with this year's Del Norte Community Thanksgiving Dinner: BPOE Elks #1689, Cholwell, Benz and Hartwick, Crescent City Car Club, Community Assistance Network, Del Norte Ambulance, Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Del Norte High School Rotary Interact Club, Del Norte Triplicate, Emblem Club No. 175, Fil/Am Association of Crescent City and Brookings, Four Paws Pet Hospital, Full Spectrum Services, Girls Scouts of Del Norte, Glen's Bakery, KCRE/KPOD radio stations, Mission Linen Supply, Northwoods Rest-aurant, Pelican Bay State Prison Employees, Redwood Coast Transit, Rural Human Services; Safeway, Walmart, Wayne Bolman Distributing, Wier's Mortuary Chapel.

A sincere thank you as well to all of the individuals who helped make this year's dinner a wonderful success! Your donations of food, time and money are greatly appreciated. To our guests who came down and enjoyed this year's community family dinner and shared in the Thanksgiving spirit, a big thank you. If we forgot someone we are truly sorry.

This year we served approximately 775 dinners.

See you next year!

Bev Young and Teri Sandler, dinner organizers

Bazaar a success

The 2013 Smith River UMC Holiday Bazaar was a great success! Thank you so much for your time and effort in publicizing our Bazaar.Your help in getting the word out is very much appreciated.

Mike and Becki McCain