June 1976:A busy timefor beginnings

June 22, 2007 12:00 am

In June, 1976, a flag pole was added to Beachfront Park.At the request of the Bicentennial Committee, a used street light pole was set in concrete furnished by Hemmingsen Concrete for the sum of $200. The flag pole was placed near the Hollow Log, another feature of the park. A flag will proudly wave over the park.

An addition to the Beachfront Parkplay area were three "riding" animals, according to Pat Jabbora, park director.

Crescent City Soroptimist's Club placed the last three of the ten lights at the cemetery to complete the improvement project they began in 1970. The whole project included the bench, gate and landscaping at the entrance to the Crescent City Cemetery. Gladys Sanders was the president and Carol Cleveland was the vice president at the time the project was concluded.

Tsunami training drill

A disaster drill combining all the county's response teams aided in the aftermath of a simulated tsunami on South Beach. The two-hour drill began with the call for emergency services and continued until the last "victim" had been transported, treated and put in bed in Seaside Hospital and all was secured. Observers included Lois Halls, an instructor at College of the Redwoods nursing program, and Barbara Mann, an R. N. at Seaside who has been engaged in trainings of this kind for 10 years.

Nursing students and high school students played the roles of victims.

The "victims" were on a picnic and outing when the "wave" struck and washed them into piles of driftwood. First aid was rendered at the scene as the responders took over the disaster.

New items and places

Totem Village, on U.S. Hwy. 101 north, was under construction in June 1976. Howard Cronk had the idea for affordable housing for low-income families. There are one, two and three bedroom townhouse units. It was one of two new housing construction projects. The other was the Roosevelt subdivision. Five of the 105 lots owned by Bill Gagne will have new homes with floor space between 1,300 and 1,640 square feet. Homes were selling for approximately $25,000.

The first automated stop light in the county was installed at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive. It was hoped that the light would prevent many of the accidents happening at that busy intersection. Public Works Director Ross Cox estimated the cost of the project to be in excess of $30,000.

The "Tour Thru Tree" in Klamath was officially opened with a ceremony attended by Miss Del Norte, Terri McNeely; Bernard McClendon, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors; George Yamor, representing the Redwood Empire Association; and Walt Thompson of the Oregon Coast Association. The tourist attraction is owned by Harold Del Ponte who also owns Klamath Camper Corral.

Sharon McKinney is a Del Norte Historical Society volunteer.