Steve Chittock

Thanks to all those involved in downtown Halloween activities

I would like to take a minute to thank all of the Crescent City downtown businesses who provided treats for our local children on Halloween day.

It was a fun and safe event for them with the parade, getting treats from the businesses along Third Street, and the costume contest in the old Daly's building. You wouldn't see anything like this in a large city! I moved here in 1971 when downtown Crescent City was thriving; now they need our support more than ever.

Our local churches also deserve a big thank-you for providing a safe place for families on Halloween night; each year I am amazed when our family goes to the Four Square Church Halloween carnival to see the amount of candy, hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy that is given away. It is incredible. The kids have so much fun playing the games; it is safe and fun for the entire family.

Thank-you to everyone involved and all the long hours it must take to plan and make it happen each year; and I know there are several other churches and organizations that provide similar programs. How nice it is to live in a small town!andensp;

Teresa Throop

Crescent City

Partnership shows what is possible when we work together

As the final report is being prepared for the Ford Family Foundation (of Roseburg, Ore.) from the Wild Rivers Coast Leadership Class, we are reminded of how our communities poured on the support for our project to improve access within the Brookings and Crescent City Kidtown parks.

The Ford Family Foundation's primary goal is to improve the vitality of rural communities in this general region. It accomplishes this task by enhancing the capacities of chosen communities with cutting edge programs, including strengthening the leadership qualities of diverse community members.

Each leadership class undertakes a project as part of its training. In our case, southern Curry County and Del Norte County are linked as a region, and therefore were linked as a "class." The project needed to be expressed in both communities, and Project Kidtown fit the bill. Primarily, both parks were outfitted with all-weather, rubberized matting to improve "user friendliness" within the parks for physically challenged kids and parent/caregivers (secondarily, small repairs and additional wood chips were included in the project).

Numerous persons and service groups stepped forward with generous monetary and physical support for the project, which ultimately cost over $14,000, and expended well over 400 man-hours. We, as a class, would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of those groups, agencies, and individuals who made this project possible. Both communities are better for the effort, not only regarding our children, but regarding what is possible when we work together as the Wild Rivers Coast. What a grand thing.

Moira Fossum

Randy Bancroft

Wild Rivers Coast

Leadership Class