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November 20, 2014

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY Kenneth Jones of Fort Bragg found this giant Boletus edulis "on private property with permission" just a few miles north of Fort Bragg. Jones is a plant aficionado who owns Forest Lane Nursery. He said he plans to dry the mushroom because it's "too big to eat normally." The overgrown fungus weighs in at 7.57 pounds. NATURE GIANT MUSHROOM FOUND IN FORT BRAGG SUZETTE COOK - ADVOCATE PHOTOS Classifieds .......14 Crossword ........12 Obituaries ......... 6 Opinion .............. 4 Sports ............... 11 Weather ............ 3 INDEX By Frank Hartzell There are those rock hard but delicious fresh Mexican squash, or the seemingly endless supply of canned capers and sour little canned mandarins. And there was that can of "spotted dick" I found on Nancy Severy's desk seven years ago. The Fort Bragg Food Bank's executive director was visibly mortified after I put our laughs about spotted dick into the pa- per back then. What would the board think? Would the joke of- fend some? A much more confident Sev- ery is now in her eighth year and wasn't worried when I found yet another can of that oddly named (for Americans) British raisin pudding on her desk. "We still have fun here with some of the many unusual items that come in," she said. With a quiet style in a noisy place, Severy, 64, has steered the Food Bank through budget defi- cits, volunteer shortages and the ups and downs of private dona- tions and government generosity. The budget has grown slowly un- der her leadership from $255,000 SEASON OF SHARING People donate the dandiest treats to the Fort Bragg Food Bank Submitted Article What do art and the public restrooms in Mendocino have in common? The Mendocino Eco Artists (MEA) are pre- senting a special art exhibit through Nov. 26 at the Men- docino Art Center to support the nonprofit Mendocino Area Parks Association's latest Men- docino Headlands State Park improvement project. MAPA's current focus is to re- vamp public restrooms on park property that are used by thou- sands of visitors who come to enjoy the area. "Guests come from around the world to view the pristine beauty of the Mendocino Head- lands," said Carolyne Cathey, MAPA executive director. "And then they have to use the appall- ing restrooms. Not a good mem- ory to take away with them," Cathey added. "The restrooms are clean, thanks to State Parks, just not attractive with graffiti and rust and aging facilities." M A PA , in collaboration with Loren Rex, State Parks' Mendocino District superin- tendent, has already replaced the leaky roof. Jenny Heckeroth, manager of the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum, has been working with local architect and MEA artist Debra Lennox to draw up plans for a complete reno- vation of the facilities. A few COMMUNITY MEA artwork sales benefit community, parks, visitors Professional artists conserve, restore the natural environment By B.B. Grace Shortly after 8 p.m., on Tues- day, Nov. 4, came the proclama- tion: "Hear ye; Hear ye: the polls have closed!" Marie Koskela turns to me smiling and said, "That's the way they used to do it." And then, as if seeing ghosts from elections past running across the law n at Marie's beloved W hitesboro Grange Hall 766, she laughs and tells me about those who cursed the closing of the polls with the words, "I missed the election!" She laughs and turns away from the chilly night to complete her last civic duty for the Men- docino County Elections Board as the inspector for the commu- nity of Albion (2010 census pop- ulation 162), where she was born and raised. The shocking news of her re- tirement was unexpected at the Election Board members meeting, held at the Fort Bragg Police De- partment Conference Room, Oct. 30, and hosted by Mendocino County's Assessor-County Clerk- Recorder Susan M. Ranochak and her assistant, Katrina Bartolomie. Marie is very popular, always having something positive to say about everyone, and pointing out the bright side of life. "How long have you been a poll worker?" Susan Ranochak asked Marie, who responded, "Eighty five years." "Eighty five years?" Someone said out loud what ev- eryone was thinking. "How can you be a poll worker for 85 years?" "Well," Marie started, "My mother was a poll worker and needed my help when I was seven years old." Marie's mother, Mary Hoff- man, depended on her oldest daughter, and that was OK be- cause in 1929, when Albion's elec- ELECTIONS Election worker retires aer 85 years COURTESY PHOTO/MACK FORD Marie Koskela at her final election as a poll worker. By Anna Shaw Homelessness is an issue which affects the whole of Mendocino County. The coast of Mendocino (between Gualala and Westport) has an estimated 40 percent of the county's homeless. The homeless population of the county is counted every two years, always on the third Thurs- day in January before and after dawn. The count takes place at the same time across the county so that a homeless person cannot be counted twice if they move lo- cation during the day. This is called the "Point in Time" count and it is coordinated locally through the Continuum of Care for the Homeless, called the Homeless Services Planning Group. Its purpose is to provide a coordinated and strategic ap- proach to planning and manage- ment of a range of resources ad- dressing the needs of families and individuals at risk of home- lessness and those who are cur- rently experiencing homeless- ness in Mendocino County. 'Point in Time' Every two years, the U.S. De- partment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates that this Point in Time count is undertaken. In the inland, north and coastal areas of the county, community members, homeless people themselves and local agency staf f band together in teams of three to count the homeless. In addition to counting indi- viduals, a formula developed in partnership with HUD's Point in Time count model is used to as- cribe a number of inhabitants to a car or an RV. At the time of the last count, in January 2013, the county had a total of 1,344 homeless people. Of that 1,344, 531 (39.5 percent) were on the coast, 282 (21 percent) were in and around Willits and north county, and 541 (39.5 per- cent) were in and around Ukiah and the south county. Coastal homelessness includes a higher proportion of people in vehicles, campsites, RVs and tents. Surveys are conducted in ad- dition to the count itself. In 2013, the surveys identified 157 peo- ple with serious mental illness, COMMUNITY Hospitality Center helps homeless ABALONE » PAGE 7 World Champion ab cook crowned SPORTS » PAGE A11 Volleyball Wrap-up KELLEY HOUSE» PAGE 6 Three masted and built for business THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Going Green: tips for better living. Page 10 Del Fiorentino honored in emotional ceremony. Page 2 INSIDE THIS WEEK Boss has grown in love with community, Food Bank over 8 years Outreach programs include shelter and meals CENTER » PAGE 9 DONATION » PAGE 10 ART » PAGE 16 ELECTION » PAGE 16 » Thursday, November 20, 2014 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON 8 52659 03865 7 A NEWSPAPER Volume 137, issue 7

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