Blue Lake Notes: We should all try to be more like Calen Ponte

Sometimes life gets a little busy and time gets forgotten. I apologize to all my readers that I didn’t have a column last week – and with so much going on over the weekend! It was a very busy weekend for Blue Lake, and some wet weather interspersed in there as well. There are aways more events to look forward to! Later on this month, look out for Halloween fun activities at Prasch Hall and at the school!


Humboldt Hoptoberfest, a fundraiser for the Blue Lake Education Foundation, took place on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Perigot Park. Gates opened at 12:30 p.m. The taps and music start at 1 p.m. The Blue Lake Education Foundation assists with funding for different core and enrichment education programs at Blue Lake School, such as sports, music, languages and arts. Hoptoberfest is their biggest fundraiser.

Medieval Festival of Courage

Christie’s Ranch, just outside of Blue Lake city limits, hosted the annual Medieval Festival of Courage this past weekend. Mounted archers, jousting, music, crafts, boffing, oh my! It’s fun for the whole family.  This annual event is a fundraiser for Coastal Grove Charter School.

Museum closed for season

And now that it is October, the Blue Lake Museum is closed for the season. This past season visitors got a chance to look at local history, including local baseball history. The Museum Board of Directors lost a very special member, Bob Giroux, a little while ago. While it is always hard to replace those who pass away too soon, the board welcomed Glenn Bernald as their newest member. Glenn is also the Public Works Superintendent for the City of Blue Lake.

Student of the Month

Lastly, I want to share a very special award. The Wha-Nika Women’s Club has recently started a “Student of the Month” award, where each month, a different student will be recognized for their character and service to Blue Lake School and the community.

This month’s student of the month is Calen Ponte. Calen is a kindergarten student at Blue Lake School. He is an excellent role-model, high achiever, and a good friend. He also participates in the school’s running program year round. When asked what fun facts he would like people to know about him, he said, “It is important to me to be a nice kid.” He also noted that he likes to read to his classmates, he loves his family, his sister, and running.

Way to go Calen for being such a super star student and the Wha-Nika Student of the Month for September.




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