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December 01, 2016

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY By Zoe Yudice reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter Folks at the Fort Bragg Library are working hard to open a seed li- brary, which would provide coast residents with the opportunity to check out seeds. According to Carole Poma, who is in charge of managing the seed library, people will be able to come into the Fort Bragg Library and browse through a catalog of the li- brary's seed inventory and request the number of seeds they would like. At the end of the season, they would let a few plants 'go to seed and return the same number of borrowed seeds to the library that they had previously checked out. "Karen Horner [Mendocino Li- brary County Director] is the one that came up with the idea. She saw this in other libraries and thought, 'This would be great for Mendocino County," explained Poma. Seed libraries have since been started in all of the branches throughout the county. Fort Bragg is the last one to take off. LOCAL Coast seed library to open soon Classifieds ......B5 Crossword ..... A10 Obituaries ....... A6 Opinion ............A4 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Zoe Yudice reporter@mendocinobeacon.com @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter At the last Mendocino City Community Services District, board members were pre- sented with various options for the expansion of the treat- ment plant and the recycled water system. The different alternatives, which were presented by SHN Consulting Engineers & Ge- ologists, Inc., included up- grades to the treatment plant with variations in the extent to which the district would d istr ibut e rec ycled wat er throughout the community. Changes to the treatment plant would include installing a new dechlorination system, a new disinfection system, a re- cycled water storage tank and setting up a fill station where people can come and fill up a tank with recycled water to use for irrigation. According to Superinten- dent Mike Kelley these changes are needed because of the age of the current treatment equip- ment, as well as a need to get the recycled water system up- graded to meet current recy- cled water regulations under Title 22 of California Depart- ment of Public Health code. "Upgrades would allow us to recycle water when our next permit comes up for renewal because some of the compo- nents of the recycled water sys- tem are not up to current stan- dards," explained Kelley. The greatest debate at the meeting centered around the SEWER DISTRICT Board decides on important upgrades to system Staff Report Last weekend, there was a fire at Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground that caused signif- icant damage to the property. The fire was reported on Nov. 27 at 8:43 p.m. triggering a re- sponse from Mendocino Volun- teer Fire Department, who sent 16 firefighters, one engine and one water tender and Cal Fire who arrived with five firefight- ers and one engine. It took them nearly three hour to extinguish the fire and accord- ing to Melissa Schnetgoecke, the general manager of the park, while the extent of damage is still being assessed, the fire left the trailer completely destroyed and two neighboring trailers se- verely damaged. There were no injuries reported, but Schnet- goecke did report some cats did not make it out. According to Schnetgoecke, the fire started in the unit closets and after having Pacific Gas & Electric and an electrician come out to examine possible causes the consensus was that it was the result of electrical circuit over- load. CASPAR CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS — TREY GREEN Firefighters responding to fire at Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground. GARDENS » PAGE A5 Dazzling show at Festival of Lights CELEBRATION » PAGE A2 Tree lighting at Rotary Park AUDUBON » PAGE B1 Christmas bird count around the corner THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Check out our Facebook page Holiday Gi Guide. Inside CalFire addresses massive tree die off. Page A3 INSIDE THIS WEEK Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Ed O'Brien provides direction at the fire in Caspar. Fire rages at Caspar RV park last weekend By Frank Hartzell frankhartzell@gmail.com As a frightened high school girl in wartime Japan, Yukie Hol- land developed a talent for rescu- ing food. "When I would go to school, on the way back home I would be passing by the farm houses. I would ask, 'can I have a few po- tatoes'? Sometimes they would just give some food to me or let me clean the garden. Or maybe I helped them do some work. If they didn't have any food, I might just take some kindling wood home." The pickings were small and slim in a country suffering from hunger due to the war. When she got home she got a real reward; a big smile on her mother's face. "She would say, 'no matter where you go, Yukie, I am never going to have to worry. It doesn't matter what happens, you won't be hungry, you make yourself food'," Yukie said. That's exactly what Yukie does today as the volunteer cook for everybody at the Fort Bragg Food Bank. The clients get first crack at the veggies. Yukie then picks through the veggies left behind. All the staff and volunteers say Yukie's meals are one of the best things about the Fort Bragg Food Bank. "I do the same thing now. I get food and it just needs to be washed and worked on and there is something very nice," Yukie said. "People waste good food now, it's too bad." She has volunteered for 16 years at the Food Bank. The youngest of five children growing up on the Southern Japanese Island of Kyushu, Nagasaki, the second of two cities hit by American nu- clear bombs, was not far from her home. The day the bomb went off was one of many terrifying days in which residents spent their days in hiding, darkness and fear. "We led miserable lives then. Nobody was happy. We had al- most nothing. It was hard times. I walked to school with no shoes on. I don't really like to talk about that time," she said. Yukie also didn't want her age used. "But you can probably guess from my story. Don't do that," she said with a big laugh. She remembers the moment she heard the war had ended as a se- SEASON OF SHARING Born with a desire to help, and cook FRANK HARTZELL — ADVOCATE PHOTO Yukie Holland and Stan Halvorsen were glamorous at the annual Soup and Chilli Cook Off for the Fort Bragg Food Bank last month. HOLLAND » PAGE 12 SEEDS » PAGE 12 SYSTEM » PAGE 11 » mendocinobeacon.com Thursday, December 1, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 9 8 52659 03865 7

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