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Children’s Concerts organizers offer thanks

The Redwood Coast Music Festival’s Board of Directors and I want to publicly thank Humboldt Sponsors, the John F. Machen Memorial Fund and the Eureka Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. No. 652 for sponsoring the 26th annual FREE Children’s Concerts held May 10, 2019. Seventy-two classes of students, teachers and parents from 13 schools attended this year’s concerts. This year’s total attendance was 1,978 people. Over the 26-year history of these concerts, 55,084 attendees have experienced live jazz music played by professional bands. Other genres of music are also introduced during these programs.

Thirty-five Cal RTA retired teachers helped direct traffic and ushered everyone to their seats. Linda Hall, Fred Johansen (both retired teachers) and Donna Landry assisted me in teaching the dance numbers to the Grant and Lafayette fifth grades. Teachers Mike Larson, Sandra Osuna, Rachel Brakeman and Megan Underwood also helped with the dancers. School bus drivers and parents provided transportation to and from the concerts.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers. Thanks to everyone who helped make these concerts a fun, learning experience for all who attended.

Lynn McKenna, concert founder and organizer

Maple Creek district thanks supporters

I would like to thank Wildberries and Half Dollar Holler for contributing to Maple Creek Elementary School. The generosity benefits the students in multiple ways. It shows them that there are people that care about them; it provides them with real world experiences and opportunities to learn; it provides them with needed supplies; and it instills the value to contribute the local and broader community that we all live in.

The students, staff, school board, parents and greater community of Maple Creek are greatly appreciative.

Thank you,

Wendy Orlandi, superintendent, Maple Creek Elementary School District

‘Do we want to have this treasure harmed … ?’

I fully support Rick Pelren’s stance that we need more time to become informed about the Humboldt Wind, LLC proposed wind farm. (“New wind farm a big surprise,” Times-Standard, May 18, Page A4.)

The deadline for public input needs to be extended and more local meetings need to be held.

Part of the plan includes a permanent operations facility with related buildings and offices that would be constructed on the west side of 101 at the Pepperwood/Avenue of the Giants exit. Three concrete batch plants will be created and 17 miles of new access roads will be built near pristine old growth fir and redwood forests that could soon be exposed to being easily accessed and harvested. The Avenue of the Giants is one of the outstanding tourist draws for our county. Do we want to have this treasure harmed in this manner? Representatives from Humboldt Wind, LLC will hold a meeting at the Old Steeple in Ferndale on Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. I hope this meeting will be well attended and other meetings will quickly follow.

Jo Anne Godinho, Fortuna

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