C.A.N. Thanksgiving – Christmas Season Food Drive 2016

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Feed the Need and make a difference in the lives of of our neighbors in Del Norte and nearby communities. For just $10, the Crescent City Safeway store will donate a pre-packaged bag of staple, non-perishable food items to the C.A.N. Food Bank. We encourage everyone to visit Safeway and help us Feed the Need and end hunger in our community.

Gift wrapped C.A.N. donation boxes are also located at the entrances to Crescent City Safeway. Please place non-perishable food in these boxes.

C.A.N. donation boxes are also located at:

• Wal-Mart (inside) • Java Hut Coffee Bar

• Tomasini‘s Restaurant (960 3rd St.)

• Vita Cucina (corner of M St. & Front Street)

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Canned Food Drive 

Please join Del Norte Association of Realtors this Thanksgiving season to make a difference for someone in need.

The D.N.A.O.R. food drive runs through Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

All collected items will go to C.A.N. Food Bank. Items may be dropped off at any local Real Estate Office.

Our own ‘invisible children’

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by Sandy Blakely, for the Del Norte Triplicate 

There’s a lot of buzz in the world about the firm, “Kony 2012” and the “invisible children” of Africa who are being kidnapped, brutalized and murdered by Joseph Kony and his army of terrorists.

While I would in no manner minimize those atrocities and the plight of the African nations being held in the thrall of Joseph Kony, I can’t help but think of the our own “invisible children” here in Del Norte County.

We don’t have a terrorist warlord brutalizing our children, but there is a segment of our population that suffers under the rule of a heartless despot and his name is “hunger.”

CAN meeting to focus on Community Gardens

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by Triplicate Staff

This Saturday, Community Assistance Network (CAN) and partners will be hosting a meeting for Del Norte County’s community gardens.

The meeting will be for all community gardeners — and anyone who wants to get involved with the gardens this year — to discuss plans for the coming season.

The meeting will be a chance to sign up for space in the local community gardens this year, meet other gardeners and organize gardens.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Wellness Center Conference Room located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Northcrest Drive.

 

Coastal Voices: CAN is in Transition

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by Angela Glore for the Triplicate

Community Assistance Network is in transition.

You may have read about the resignations of our executive and deputy directors in this newspaper. You also may have read that CAN was not included in this year’s Community Development Block Grant applications from Del Norte County or the City of Crescent City.

These and other events present challenges to our organization, but they are challenges we are working to overcome. Our Board of Directors and staff are pulling together to make sure that one thing does not change: Our doors are still open and we continue to provide services to the community.

CAN’s original and still-central service is its food bank. We supply hundreds of families with food every month. Low-income families pick up a box each month at the time they need it most. We distribute food boxes every week and that hasn’t changed.

We strive to put together nutritious, well-rounded boxes, but the reality is that finances sometimes get in the way. When we don’t have cash to order low-cost staples (rice, beans, pasta, onions and oranges) from Redwood Empire Food Bank, our boxes are filled with the donated food we have on hand. Boxes can be slim when donations are low.

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New Playground in the Works

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by Angela Glore, Director of Food Programs, for Del Norte Triplicate

Current and former employees of the Redwood National and State Parks showed up in force to help unload 8,300 pounds of play equipment for the Wellness Center. Submitted

Current and former employees of the Redwood National and State Parks showed up in force to help unload 8,300 pounds of play equipment for the Wellness Center. Submitted

The community garden at the Del Norte Community Health Center will soon feature a beautiful new playground, the final big piece in a two-year project to expand the Wellness Center campus.

A Community Clinics Initiative grant from Tides and The California Endowment is financing the creation of the community garden, walking paths and the playground.

The concept is built around a holistic view of wellness in which healthy food and daily physical activity play big roles in health and wellness.

Open Door Community Health Centers, the Del Norte County Healthcare District, and Community Assistance Network are partners in both the grant and the work of building the campus extension.

 The project took a big step toward completion recently when the playground equipment arrived from Pennsylvania. The community came out in force to help unload the 8,300 pounds of slides, ladders and play structures. Installation will take place within the next few months, dependent on contractors and weather. Once complete, the playground will feature two play areas, one for younger children and one for older kids. Each area will have a walking path around it so that parents can keep an eye on playing children while also getting to exercise themselves

Kitchen Classroom

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Youths feed themselves in Sunset Class
by Kelley Atherton, Del Norte Triplicate

Maria Raya, left, and Jessie Rice serve up chicken wings at Sunset High School on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Maria Raya, left, and Jessie Rice serve up chicken wings at Sunset High School on Tuesday. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Some local teenagers are being taught how to cook from scratch so that they don’t rely on fast food for sustenance.

 The Food and Cookin’ 101 class at Sunset High School is a pilot project of the Community Food Council to give youths the skills needed to eat healthier, said Angela Glore, a member and director of food programs for the Community Assistance Network.

“The idea was to start with some basics: nutrition, food safety, things like that,” Glore said. Lessons have expanded into  teaching knife skills, budgeting and using crock pots — “how to go from money in your pocket to a meal on the table.”

On Tuesday, Sunset High School students were divided into various kitchen stations. Some were browning chicken, others were making honey barbecue sauce and the rest were preparing chocolate chip cookies.

“They chose the recipes!” said Tara Johnson, one of the cooking instructors.

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Volunteers Plant Saplings at School

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24 fruit trees at Mountain Elem. will provide food
by Kelley Atherton, Del Norte Triplicate

Deborah Kravitz, left, the program coordinator for the Network for a Health California in local schools, and Sara Haug, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA, fill in dirt around a tree sapling. Del Norte Triplicate/Kelley Atherton

Deborah Kravitz, left, the program coordinator for the Network for a Health California in local schools, and Sara Haug, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA, fill in dirt around a tree sapling. Del Norte Triplicate/Kelley Atherton

About 40 local residents worked together Saturday to dig soil and rocks out of the ground and plant a crop of fruit trees for Mountain Elementary School in Gasquet.

In about two hours, 24 apple, pear, plum, peach and cherry trees were planted, creating an orchard for the K-5 school. In a few years the trees will provide fruit for the school and the Gasquet community.

The trees were purchased with a $500 grant from Jamba Juice that First 5 Del Norte applied for to use for Mountain School, said Connor Caldwell, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA who is a development coordinator for the Community Assistance Network (CAN).

The parent-teacher organization wanted a garden at the school and as funding was being collected, the Jamba Juice grant was discovered, said Michael Waddle, a First 5 Service Corps VISTA who is a community coordinator for CAN. Waddle and Patti Vernelson, the executive director of First 5 Del Norte, wrote the grant to develop an orchard alongside a garden at the school.

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Holiday Giving Along America’s Wild River Coast

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for Del Norte Triplicate

Wild Rivers Community Foundation is awarding 21 organizations in Del Norte and Curry counties with checks to help with their holiday programs this year. A reception at Howonquet Hall on Wednesday will give each grantee the opportunity to accept the check and also to talk about individual programs and how they provide support to needy children and families during the holidays.  

These funds were made possible through the generous donations of 21 organizations in Oregon and California.  They will also be recognized at the reception.

The Holiday Partnership Program is an annual program at Wild Rivers Community Foundation.  This year the awards, ranging from $200 to $900, will go to 12 organizations in Del Norte County, including Crescent City and the community of Smith River.  It will help nine organizations in Curry County, including Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford.

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‘It’s harder this year’

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Organizations try to provide food to needy
by Emily Jo Cureton, Del NorteTriplicate

Volunteer Lisa Morris prepares distribution bags. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Volunteer Lisa Morris prepares distribution bags. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson

Say eight Del Norters sit down to Christmas dinner. Chances are at least one of them is unemployed, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

“It’s just harder this year,” Debra Brixey said as she filled out an application for a Christmas food basket from Rural Human Services on Friday.

Ever since she lost her job as a professional caretaker last year, she occasionally comes to the RHS food bank, which supplies about three meals a month to qualifying clients.

“These are people that have been successful long-time workers and all of the sudden they get laid off and they have a family,” RHS special projects coordinator Ron Phillips said of many of the food bank’s clients. 

Another woman filling out an application for holiday food on Friday got laid off in the summer of 2010. She’s a certified nursing assistant with two kids still at home. She didn’t want to give her name.

“It’s embarrassing when you have to come in here and you don’t have a job. It’s a pride thing,” she said. “I love my job and I do miss helping people. It’s like I’m stuck.”

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Coastal Voices: Farmers Market Brightens Community

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by Terri McCune-Oostra, for Del Norte Triplicate

Congratulations to our community! It is because of you and your continued support of the Crescent City Farmers market that this year has been the most successful in our history.

You may not realize it, but as you shop our local vendors every week, you have been supporting up to 50 local small businesses. Your hard-earned dollars go to a local family, which in turn spends its hard-earned dollars locally.

This year also saw the expansion of our EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) program.  This program allows participants in the “Cal Fresh” food program to scan their cards and receive market tokens.

Sutter Coast Hospital, through a generous donation, helped support this endeavor by donating to new recipients who scan their EBT card for a minimum of $10, an additional $5 in market tokens.

The Community Assistance Network (CAN) also received a grant to help advertise and market the EBT use at the market, helping our local vendors boost their income from EBT sales by over 200 percent.

Each year, community members have told us to start the market sooner and make it last longer, into the fall. This year, the market started two weeks sooner and will continue until the last Saturday in November, extending the season by one and one half months. We still have two more weeks for the market, so just in case it is raining and you don’t see the vendors in the Del Norte County Fair’s parking lot, they will be waiting for you, in the Arts and Crafts Building.