Steve Chittock

Troop Support float a reminder that we have heroes in our midst

Our Troop Support float was a wonderful experience in teamwork of new people coming to support us in our new venture to celebrate a military presence in our community as witnessed when our Dorado Coast Guard crew appeared to help.

We especially thank: Snoozies Shavings for use of their truck and trailer along with driver Jason Pollen; Parkway Feed for the loan of the hay bales; Gale Kennedy for delivery bales to Coast Guard Station; Mrs. Wanner, Sports and Family Chiropractic, Benita Cabrera and VFW #1381 for use of military flags; Wally Griffin for butcher paper roll; Sharon Grisbaum for use of the CD player and tapes; Susan Anderson for tee shirts; Raydean Conklin, decorating manager, and all of those caring souls that helped in so many ways.

The intention of our float was to remind the public we have heroes in our midst to be respected and thanked for the mission they provide our nation. Yes, there are those here who have no caring thought for them or who are against the need of having national armies, and they are entitled to their opinions under our constitutional rights; however, for those of us who cherish the cost of freedom, we must rise to the cause of helping these young men and women and their families in any way possible. We do this by sending care boxes while they are deployed and need to assist them on returning. Showing respect and gratitude is the first step. This was the intent and purpose of our float.

We honor the military men and vets on our float: Edward Conklin, Commander Nolan Cuevas and Jay Lovelace (Coast Guard), John Espitia, Jimmy Deal, Steve Castellan, Nancy McCartney, Lacy Thomas, David Bree and Bob Ames.

We gratefully acknowledge VFW Commander Jim McGill, Chaplain Stan Jones, bugler Scott Cook who played "Taps," plus all the veterans that lined up for Roll Call after the parade.

The two Humvees that stood parallel to the vets group were provided by Brian Lenover, John Espitia and their group from the National Guard unit in Eureka.

Troop Support will provide an Adopt-a-Soldier project on Saturdays at Farmers Market. We thank everyone for their kind words and donations at our booth. See you there!

Jan Martin

Crescent City

Thanks to those showing support for upcoming Relay for Life event

Have you noticed that Crescent City is positively purple? A purple pathway of hope is beginning to form from the highway south of town, winding up 101 and Northcrest and continuing up Washington Boulevard to the high school.

As a dedicated volunteer for the American Cancer Society, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the business owners who are showing their community support for the upcoming Relay For Life event by allowing Relay team volunteers to tie purple ribbons to the fronts of their stores and offices.

Please help spread the word about what these mean, and make sure that these ribbons remain hanging proudly for the next two weeks as a symbol of our community's commitment to a cancer-free future.

On the trees by the high school you will see ribbons not only of purple, but blue and red also. These colors symbolize our battle cry of Celebrate! Remember and fight back! Please join me in doing just that at our tenth annual Relay For Life event, July 24 and 25. Although the ribbons will come down at the end of the month, remember that there "is no finish line, until we find a cure."

Michele Hart

Crescent City

College of the Redwoods has an outstanding program here

As your Del Norte representative on the College of the Redwoods District Board let me assure you that the recent announcement of the warning placed on the college ("College back on warning status," July 9) will not affect the operation of our Del Norte campus or the college. We have an outstanding program here now, and we will continue to provide quality education for Del Norte.

Registration for fall is currently underway.

Rick Bennett