Trinidad Tidings: Fond farewells

Dave Hoskins of Humboldt State’s Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory has retired after a 40-year career at the lab. The marine laboratory technician has been a major fixture at the lab and influenced legions of faculty and students during his tenure, which began as a student in 1976. He then became the lab janitor in 1977, eventually became a lab technician in 1979 and later moved into the senior lab technician position.

Fellow lab tech Grant Eberle wrote, “Dave rarely complains about difficult job assignments or challenging working conditions. Here, at the marine lab, there are many areas we need to access that are under walkways or on top of aquaria and are usually cold, wet and dirty. He rarely complains, but just puts on his old jacket and goes to it. He has often been asked to fill in for vacant staff or administrative positions. When we have been between office managers, he has done the essential ‘office work’ that needs to get done every month. He is the ‘behind the scenes’ guy that keeps the marine lab running smoothly, but few know just what is involved in keeping this place humming along.  Being a satellite facility off of the main campus, we are somewhat on our own.  We often have to solve our own problems on the fly such as computer issues, plumbing issues, wildlife issues, etc.”

Lab director Brian Tissot sends a regular HSU marine lab newsletter.  Sign up by emailing [email protected] or go to

Ocean Friendly Garden Program

Rebecca Price Hall, stormwater specialist with the City of Trinidad, invites Trinidad residents to learn about the Ocean Friendly Garden Program, which offers incentives to gardeners to create low-impact development in their yards that help improve water quality and groundwater involving conservation, soil permeability and rainwater retention. Find out more by contacting her at (707) 499-6454 or stop by her office at 463 Trinity St.

Whitehawk at Westhaven

Teresa Whitehawk  will present a talk and read from Stories From the Twisted Hairs, her collection of 10 short stories spanning the 1970s to the present, Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr.  There is a $5 suggested donation. For information on this and the many center programs encompassing film, fitness, music and art, visit or call (707) 677-9493.

Fine Arts Salon

Join the Ladies Fine Arts Salon Friday, Oct, 6, sponsored by the Inner Center Fine Arts Institute, inc., a 501(c)3, with additional information available at Salons are presented by institute co-founder Donna Haddock. This salon’s topic is “Finding Focus” and begins at 10 a.m. Light refreshments are provided. A $10 donation is suggested. Please call (707) 496-5350 for reservations and location as seating is limited.

CASA Kid Walk

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children holds its 15th annual CASA Kid Walk Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. starting at Madaket Plaza, Eureka.

Members of Trinidad Civic Club support this walk each year and contribute to the program for foster children in Humboldt County.  Find out more about forming or sponsoring a team by calling (707) 443-3197 or visit the CASA office at 2356 Myrtle Ave., Eureka.

Rest in Peace Pat Koutouzos

Heartfelt sympathy to husband Dennis Koutouzos and the family of Pat Koutouzos, who died this month after several years struggling to recover from a stroke. Pat was involved in so many positive things in Trinidad, writing the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce newsletter while Dennis was president; volunteering for Trinidad Art Nights venues; serving as a Trinidad Museum docent; helping at her church; and serving in Trinidad Civic Club projects.

Friends can remember the sweetness of Pat on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in her home at 161 Westgate Dr, Trinidad, or you can email Dennis at [email protected].

Email Patti at [email protected].


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