Candidates vie for Trinidad City Council seats

Halloween looms large in Trinidad’s fall calendar. For decades, Trinidad’s children in imaginative spooky costumes, have walked through the town to the delight of most households, who leave porch lights on until their baskets of treats are empty. 

However, 2020’s coronavirus fear has changed everything. The City Council in last week’s meeting made the decision to discourage Trick or Treat expeditions around town. 

Advisory noted. Remember to purchase extra treats for Halloween 2021.

There are four candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot running for Trinidad City Council. Former City Council member, City Planning Commissioner and business owner Mike Morgan is running for a two year seat along with incumbent Dave Grover, appointed to fill the seat of Jim Baker, who resigned his position in 2018. Mayor Steve Ladwig is running for another four-year term along with Mayor Pro-Tem Jack West.

Quiet Determination

Hats off to Mary Spinas Kline and Dorothy Cox, who with no fanfare but with abundant appreciation from Trinidadians take daily walks around Trinidad and pick up trash as they go. 

Most of their walks yield a contractor’s bag or two of debris. However, last week the determined ladies filled Mary’s pick up truck high with trash from transient encampments in the forest east of the Murphy’s Market field. 

Mary says the daily walks are great exercise and a labor of love in keeping Trinidad beautiful.

WALKING TO END ALZHEIMER’S Katy’s Smokehouse owner Bob Lake and Trinidad Civic Club Co-President Jan West at the end of the Walk for Alzheimer’s event in Trinidad. Bob’s wife, Judy, was a beloved Trinidad community member who was afflicted with the disease. Submitted photo

Alzheimer’s Disease in the Spotlight

Last Saturday, members of the Trinidad Civic Club gathered to walk the streets of Trinidad to bring awareness about Alzheimer’s and to raise money for research. 

Those participating in the walk were Jan West, Barbara Cline, Katrin Homan, D’Lorah Hurton, and the Fleschner family from Portland. 

Walkers carried big flowers whose petals were inscribed with names of family members and friends who had succumbed to Alzheimer’s. The flowers were “planted” in front of Katy’s Smokehouse.

The walk ended at Katy’s, where owner Bob Lake came out to speak with the team and to express his appreciation for honoring his late wife, Judy, who died of Alzheimer’s disease. Trinidad Civic Club’s efforts raised $1,450.

Wesa and Donvieve featured artists

Trinidad Art Gallery, 490 Trinity St., has two well known area artists featured in October. 

Screen painting (serigraphy) artist John Wesa is known for his depictions of landscapes, flora and fauna in Humboldt County. 

A 1976 graduate from HSU, Wesa prolific work is appreciated around the world. “Psalm 29” is his latest serigraph, a limited edition of 38 prints and some proofs. Wesa says, “‘Psalm 29’ is my effort to illustrate the ever-divine, yet tumultuous joy of God’s creation, its ever renewing power and the gladness we should feel being part of it.”

Donvieve makes her fantastic masks using natural and recycled materials such as leather, fibers, metal, clay and wood to create her three-dimensional expressions. 

She says “My 35 years of creating fiber and leather masks has inspired me to live each moment, teach as a student always learning, and serve with love for the benefit of all beings.”

The Trinidad Art cooperative consists of 23 member artists and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Masks required for entry.

Northern Feather Duster Worm

The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust was part of a Bioblitz program in the summer during which 2,000 citizen scientists competed to discover some of nature’s mysterious wonders. 

Carolyn Belak, a Marine Protected Area scuba diving team member, won the Naturalist Observation contest with her discovery of the Northern Feather Duster Worm, with its 45-centimeter-long blume which collects plankton for nourishment. 

Find out more about MPA monitoring by visiting the Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory web site or going to the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust website. 

Call TCLT at (707) 677-2501 to learn more about the Trust’s many stewardship and educational programs, among which is Houda Beach Clean Up Day coming up on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

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