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Happy Anniversary!

Alvin and Charlene Poff of McKinleyville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013 with their family. During their retirement they have both enjoyed gardening, traveling and being with their family and friends.

Alvin and Charlene Poff of McKinleyville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013 with their family. During their retirement they have both enjoyed gardening, traveling and being with their family and friends.


Wilcox receives Student Achievement Award

Katelyn Wilcox, a 2012 graduate of McKinleyville High School, has been honored by the wilcoxUniversity of Idaho where she recently completed her freshman year. She was selected as one of ten outstanding freshmen from a class of over 1,000 students and was presented with a  Student  Achievement Award.

In addition, having attained a 4.0 g.p.a. in her fishery resources major, she made the Dean’s List in the College or Natural Resources.  U of I has an enrollment exceeding 12,000 and is recognized as the state’s primary research university.

Katelyn Wilcox in Alaska

Katelyn Wilcox in Alaska

Katelyn’s studies  at U of I prepared her for her summer job in a fish hatchery in Klawock, Alaska.  She will return to U of I in August to begin training as a resident assistant in one of the University dormitories.  Katelyn in the daughter of Cindy and Mark Wilcox and the sister of Forrest Wilcox, all of McKinleyville.

History presentation at Dow’s Prairie Grange

Dow’s Prairie Grange and Pierson’s are hosting the second in a series of local history presentations on Friday, July 26.  Local historian and author Mr. Jerry Rohde will present a program entitled “High Seas” that tells the story of naval malfeasance on the shores of Samoa, where the first submarine H-3 was grounded and then the cruiser USS Milwaukee wrecked while attempting to rescue the sub.

Additional characters involved in this colorful story include the Great White Fleet, Charlie Chaplin’s brother, and the Mercer-Fraser company.

The program is free and open to the community.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.  The Grange is located at 3995 Dow’s Prairie Road.

The third and final summer history program will be on Friday, August 23rd and is entitled “Highway.”

This presentation features the famous route through the redwoods along the section from Richardson Grove to Del Norte County.  This was the original Redwood Highway that brought tourists, trucks, and all types of travelers from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay and beyond.  Postcards and photos from this bygone time of travel will depict our natural beauty.

The Grange has its pancake breakfast and flea market on the third Saturday of each month.  Prospective members are invited to join in a potluck and meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.

Got a big project?

The Mad River Rotary Club is soliciting community input to help the club select its major project for this year.  The presentation will be given at the Mad River Rotary Club Fall Festival Dinner and Auction held on Oct. 19.

Mad River Rotary serves the communities of McKinleyville, Fieldbrook, Trinidad, Orick, and Blue Lake.  Mad River Rotary has funded projects for youth, seniors and community groups including the construction of the McKinleyville Law Enforcement Facility, bleachers for the Hiller Sports Complex, scoreboard and greenhouse for McKinleyville High School, McKinleyville Senior Center, and funding for S.C.O.P.

Projects such as the LEF and bleachers were multi-year projects.  Annual funding generally ranges is in the $6,000 to $10,000. All applicants must be a non-profit or governmental agency.

If you are interested in having your project considered for funding, please mail Mad River Rotary a project description along with a proposed budget and information about your group or organization. Mad River Rotary will evaluate all project ideas submitted by 5 p.m., July 26, 2013, mailed to Mad River Rotary, PO Box 2698, McKinleyville, CA 95519-2698.  After screening, finalists will be contacted for a more detailed application and an interview at a club meeting.

Kids’ Club in McK

McKinleyville Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for Kids’ Club –  a safe, fun, dynamic and affordable after school program for kindergarten through 5th grades.

This program is open to all Morris and Dow’s Prairie Elementary School students.  Registration forms and program information are available online at:   Registration is accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 1656 Sutter Road.  Space is limited, so register early.  For more information, call 839-9003.

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