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October 20, 2016

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Check us online daily for news, sports, photos and more. VISIT MENDOCINOBEACON.COM WE'RE MORE THAN A WEEKLY MCDH candidates outline priorities. Page A2 Hospitality Center awarded Rapid Rehousing grant. Page A6 INSIDE THIS WEEK EVENT FIRE HOUSE OPENS ITS DOORS SUSAN STROM - CONTRIBUTED Families rode through town on the vintage fire truck during the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Depart- ment's Open House last week. STORY ON A8 Classifieds ......B5 Crossword .......B3 Opinion ............A4 Obituaries ....... A6 Sports .............. B1 Weather .......... A3 INDEX By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter A Kinder Program has been re- cently added to the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) at the Community Center of Men- docino (CCM) where kinder- garten students have the op- portunity to attend enrichment classes. This is the first year that a Kinder Program has been of- fered for the entire school year at CCM. "In prior years, for the first six weeks of every school year, kin- dergarten got out at noon. Since this was just for a transition pe- riod of six weeks, I always put something together for that, but this year it is totally different," explained CCM Director Peg Brown Levy, who has been the director at the center since 2005. This program was added to provide a place for students, since the Mendocino K-8 kinder- garten moved from a full day to a half day this year – instead of getting out at 2:30 p.m they now get out at 11:55 a.m. The program, which runs five days a week from 12:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m, serves 45 students weekly and offers a guided en- richment curriculum. Some of the classes included in the pro- gram are Guided Story Play, where kids create their own sto- ries with costumes and props; Music Movement and Play, where students explore movement and music through singing, dance, yoga and games; and Kinder Agents where students solve mys- teries and puzzles. This program is particularly important to students who rely on the 3:30 p.m bus, which is the only bus available in the af- ternoon to take students home. About a third of the students in the Kinder Program rely on this bus for transportation home. "There is only one bus to out- lying areas, so the Kinders who need to get on the bus to the out- lying areas, need to sign up for another class in the 2:30 p.m pe- riod, and after which, I put them back on the bus," explains Levy. COMMUNITY Center opens enrichment program to Kinders BEACON PHOTO — ZOE YUDICE Students in the Aer School Enrichment Program at the Community Center of Mendocino learn Aerial Silks. BUSINESS » PAGE A5 Macro-Roaster of the Year NORTH COAST » PAGE A11 Feds present salmon habitat recovery plan SWIMMING » PAGE B1 Dragons compete in Neptune Classic THIS WEEK'S WEB BONUS Find us on Facebook By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter The biannual Seed Exchange is taking place this Friday at the Mendocino Farmers' Market where people are encouraged to share and take seeds. The Seed Exchange was started ten years ago by Cherie Christian- sen and Margie Crowninshield, and has since continued with the help of Guy Kingsley and Franz Arner. "We started because we felt that it was important to have lo- cal seeds passed around. It is very empowering and that is one of the most important reasons we want to do this. If you save your own seeds, you can get your own food. For millennia, farmers have been growing their own crops and saving their own seeds and then planting them," said Christian- sen. A wide spectrum of local seeds that are already acclimatized to the area are shared, with garden- ers gathering from a diverse area – some from the coast, some from inland – and a variety of climates and soil types. "We get the most unusual seeds sometimes, said Christiansen, "Al- most fifteen years ago I brought back this wonderful white dry bean from Greece that was so flavorful. We thought we didn't have enough heat to grow it so I gave it to a farmer inland and he grew some and then I tried it and it grew fine. This seed, which isn't available in the trade and most stores don't have it, is now every- where (locally). Everyone is grow- ing it from the guy who helps us with the seed exchange all the way inland. It is the most pro- lific. We just tore our vines down two days ago, and it was filed with pods, so it is like protein all win- ter long." This is just one of the many COMMUNITY Seed Exchange returns COURTESY PHOTO Cherie Christiansen and Margy Crowinshield at an early Seed Exchange in 2007. By Zoe Yudice @MendocinoBeacon on Twitter "Monday night there were a couple of moments where the Giants really were one an of- fensive rally, and being on the field, looking up over 40,000 people screaming at you, it is like a jet airplane flying over head. You can feel the roar of the crowd," said Tony Gra- ham, longtime resident and business owner of Patterson's Pub in Mendocino, who had the pleasure of participating in last week's Giants' playoff game against the Cubs as the Balldude. "Now I understand how the players feel when the crowd is cheering them on. I mean my pulse rose, my heart beat rose. It was really very ex- citing," . Balldudes and Balldudettes are responsible for fielding foul balls to give to children in the crowd. They are dressed in full uniform and can usually be spotted sitting on stools 20 feet or so behind third and first base. People are chosen for this position through the Giants Balldude/Balldudettes program, which was started more than 20 years ago as a way to involve fans in the on- field action. "It was a fun experience last year. I was running a little bit late, and as I was going up the steps to go onto the field, the national anthem starts, so I stop and take off my hat and I am shoulder to shoulder with two people. I look over and it's Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lo- pez, literally shoulder to shoul- der." In addition to being in the middle of the action, Graham also enjoys being able to give the balls to fans, autographing them 'Balldude'. "Monday night was fun be- cause there was a little girl, who couldn't have been more than a year old, and I gave the ball to her. It was her first Gi- ants game and her mom and dad were all excited. They wanted selfie photos taken, and they wanted the ball to be autographed for their daugh- ter, and that is how you win support of the fans," said Gra- ham. While fun and thrilling, you do have to be on guard, explained Graham. "Two years ago there was a player who was on third base, his name was Pablo Sandoval, and he was a big, big man. I could feel the ground shake as he was running towards me. BASEBALL Local makes it to the major leagues CONTRIBUTED Tony Graham dressed in full uniform as the Balldude for the Giants. By Chris Calder @FBAdvocateNews on Twitter Candidates for two seats on the Mendocino Coast District Hospital board met last Thurs- day to introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience, which tended to focus on hospital finances. On whether they supported a recent decision for the hospital to engage a $1.4 million bond to pay for needed ventilation equipment in the hospital's op- erating room, a nurse call sys- tem, and a backup generator, five of the candidates, Tanya Smart, Tom Birdsell, Steve Lund, Kaye Handley and Kevin Miller, said they approved of the decision to take out the bond. All said they believed the equip- ment to be purchased is neces- sary. Smart said she thought the decision was "doing what's right for patients." Miller em- phasized the financial diffi- culties of rural hospitals, add- ing he thinks the MCDH board needs to make clear what the hospital's financial situation is. Handley said her "short an- swer is 'yes'" but said she be- lieves the board should not have been in the position of making a relatively quick de- cision on the bond. "A year out of bankruptcy and we're already going back into debt," she said. "This should be viewed as an alarm bell." Lund said he was "frustrated with the lack of planning" but MCDH Candidates panel focuses on finances Center expands, but needs community support to continue BALLDUDE » PAGE 12 FINANCES » PAGE 11 KINDER » PAGE 12 SEEDS » PAGE 12 » Thursday, October 20, 2016 75 CENTS FACEBOOK.COM/MENDOCINOBEACON Volume 139, issue 3 8 52659 03865 7

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