Around Del Norte

By Laura Wiens, The Triplicate January 30, 2013 04:17 pm

New Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11 commander Bill Barlow, left, and vice-commander Greg Stewart.
New Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11 commander Bill Barlow, left, and vice-commander Greg Stewart. Del Norte Triplicate / Rick Postal
Change in command 

Consider the command of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8-11 a his and hers thing.

On Sunday in a ceremony at Torero’s Mexican restaurant, Bill Barlow took over as flotilla commander again — replacing his wife, Becky Barlow.

“Bill and I have been flip-flopping for five years,” said Becky.

With 31 active members, this is no small operation. Like all U.S. Coast Guard auxiliaries, Flotilla 8-11 is a volunteer, non-military component of the Coast Guard, with a mission to promote boating safety and assist the Coast Guard in completion of its civil responsibilities. Membership is open to all U.S. citizens, 17 and older.

“We’re one of two flotillas in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary that has a Coast Guard-issued rescue boat,” Bill Barlow said. The other one is in Hawaii.

Some years, as many as 40 requests for assistance have been answered by the local flotilla in its service to the Crescent City commercial and sport boating community. 

Flotilla volunteers visit schools to talk to children about water safety, they give out life jackets every spring — more than 100 last year alone — and they conduct pre-season inspections of fishing vessels.

In addition to Barlow, Greg Stewart also took on a new post Sunday, that of vice-flotilla commander.

Could this mean that next year, the flotilla commander will not carry the last name of Barlow?

“We do not want a dynasty,” Bill Barlow said of the recent spousal swapping of the command.

There’s a lot of off-water work for the flotilla, Becky Barlow said, and more people need to be involved in running things.

“We’re always looking for volunteers,” Bill Barlow said. “There’s lots of stuff for people to do. There’s always a void that we have to fill.”

During the ceremony, special recognitions went to Coast Guard Chief Warren Officer Curtis Barthel, Chief Joshua Mann and Petty Officer Michael Volz, as well as DeAnna Stewart, Tom Dennis and Aaron Bohling.

For more information about the organization, call Bill or Becky Barlow at 465-4881.

Calvin Maready, left, with Wilbur and Rick Mcglaughn. Submitted photo
Calvin Maready, left, with Wilbur and Rick Mcglaughn. Submitted photo
Off to greener fairways

If the Del Norte Golf Course ever had a mascot, Wilbur the black Lab was it.

For more than a decade, Wilbur, estimated to be 18, was a mainstay at the golf course until he passed away last week.

“He was the golf course dog,” said his owner, Kirk Burrows, who lives just down the road.

Burrows, the Del Norte High golf coach, said he “inherited” Wilbur when his original owner moved away. “My home was ‘base,’” he said. “Whoever had the best meal, that’s where he stayed the night.”

“There was only one Wilbur,” said Chuck Blackburn, a golf veteran who’s played the course for many years. He fondly recalled his regular encounters with Wilbur.

“He’d see me pull up and his tail would start wagging,” said Chuck. “I’d say, ‘Wilbur, how are you?’ One pat on the head and that was enough, he’d keep moving on.”

“Wil’ was always looking for his next meal, said Burrows. “Think of Yogi Bear, he’d get in people’s cars and steal their lunches.”

“He was a character,” said Blackburn. “We certainly lost an icon.”

Beth Liles of Sutter Coast Hospital conducts drawings for door prizes during the Thursday Chamber mixer.
Beth Liles of Sutter Coast Hospital conducts drawings for door prizes during the Thursday Chamber mixer. Del Norte Triplicate / Richard Wiens
The doctors were in

A handful of medical pros from Del Norte and Curry counties were honored last Thursday at a Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce mixer.

The event unfolded in the banquet room at the Oceanfront Lodge. The sponsors, Del Norte Community Health Center, Physicians Recruitment and Retention Committee, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and Sutter Coast Hospital, pulled off something of a catering trifecta: Fabulous Foods by Julie and Northwoods Restaurant provided an array of hors d’oeuvres, and Vita Cucina brought dessert. Jon Parmentier entertained the crowd by playing guitar.

It was a treat for the senses.

Jon Parmentier on Friday at the Gallery for Arts & Culture.
Jon Parmentier on Friday at the Gallery for Arts & Culture. Del Norte Triplicate / Laura Wiens
One night later …

Speaking of the Del Norte musician, Parmentier was the headliner at a Friday reception at the Gallery of Arts & Culture.

He performed songs from his new CD, “AquaTerraStrata,” as appreciative gallery visitors browsed.

“This is so much different than the other CDs,” said Parmentier, who has produced four CDs after making six “albums” in the late-’80s. “It’s experimental,” music to relax by, he added.

If you missed the reception, you don’t have to go far to find the music, which is sold at Jefferson State Books and Del Norte Office Supply. For more information, call 464-4745.

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