Kym Kemp / Friday, Feb. 21 @ 7:13 a.m. / Community
Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of this fight club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.
The Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs’ Organization is starting what they call the Schlesiger Fight Club to help one of their own battle cancer. Corporal Rich Schlesiger, a Humboldt County native and long term law enforcement veteran, began having severe headaches about a month ago. He was rushed to the hospital and discovered to have a brain tumor.
He was flown to UCSF where eventually he had brain surgery that successfully took out some of the tumor. He is recovering now but community members and law enforcement are rallying to help. They are asking for support to put on an event to assist the family.
The dinner and auction is Sunday, April 6th, 2014, at Bear River’s Tish-Non Community Center in Loleta. Call 822-8084 to help or learn where tickets can be purchased to the event. Or donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1352, Eureka, CA 95502.
BIO provided by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
Corporal Rich Schlesiger is a Humboldt County native who currently resides in Fortuna with his wife Morgan and three children Chaz, 11; Cade, 4; and Callee 3. Rich, the son of the late Richard Schlesiger Sr. and Pam Schlesiger was raised in Loleta with his brother Ryan. Rich attended Fortuna High School where he excelled in athletics.
In mid-January of this year, Rich experienced severe headaches over the course of several days. When the pain didn’t subside, Morgan took Rich to the emergency room where a scan was conducted and a brain tumor discovered. He was immediately flown to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center where he was further diagnosded with a grade 4 glioblastoma. He underwent “awake” brain surgery later that week which was successful in removing a sizeable portion of the tumor.
His subsequent recuperation has gone smoothly as well. The care Rich has received at UCSF has been phenomenal. He will continue treatment there with adjunct services locally. He and his family are determined to fight this disease with intensity, courage, and determination.
Rich has been in law enforcement for nearly 22 years. He began his career as a Deputy Sheriff in Siskiyou County before returning home in 1995 to work for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office where he remains. Rich is currently assigned to the Eel River Valley, stationed out of the Bear River Rancheria. For much of his career Rich was assigned to the detective bureau where his dedication and hard work was appreciated and recognized by the families of homicide victims and countless others who he helped through very difficult times. In addition, Rich has served as a department range master and spent time on the S.W.A.T team.
Some words used to describe Rich by his coworkers are: inspiring, diligent, intelligent, passionate, dedicated, genuine, encouraging, professional, and positive. While working at the Sheriff’s Office, Rich met his wife Morgan who also works for the Office as a senior emergency communications dispatcher. In addition to Rich and Morgan, many of their friends and family work in public service in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation, fire service, and in the public guardian’s office. Without question, the most important thing to Rich is his family. He is a devoted and adoring father to his three children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family and is always willing to help others. Rich likes attending sporting events and working out. He is known for his colorful vocabulary and love of keeping a clean house and immaculate vehicles! Rich, Morgan, and family have been overwhelmed by the love and support of their law enforcement family, friends, and community and offer their sincere gratitude to everyone who has reached out with meals, kind words, prayers, and offers of support.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 9:28 p.m. / Community
It is the small things that make a community. Each helpful gesture may seem ordinary and unimportant to the one who does them. But in reality, these gestures build a sense of home and belonging. So here’s a small song of praise for one of Southern Humboldt’s businesses—for the way they step forward and help the schools, the churches and the non-profits all year long. Salmon Creek Community School was a lucky recipient of their kindness this week.
The school’s Valentine’s Day bake sale is normally held on the side of a busy country road. Tents and tables are spread with goodies, gifts and vases of bright red roses. But this year’s rains had puddled in the usual spot by the intersection of Salmon Creek Road and Maple Hills Road. Muddy and wet as the turnout was, the parents expected to have a miserable time. Then a parent explained the situation to Cathy Studebaker owner of Randall’s Sand and Gravel. She was asked to donate some rock to gravel the turnout. She kindly agreed and another parent spread the gravel (in the rain, bless him).
Tomorrow, tents and treats will be assembled in the much less muddy area. And, the bake sale will go forward with the support of this helpful business owner.
Studebaker explained, “I spent lots of time at bake sales when my kids were little in the rain and the sun. I think it is nice to see all the young parents working hard putting their time into making their school work… . I’m happy to do something like that.”
It wasn’t a huge gift but it was a heartening one—reminding everyone how lucky they are to live here and get so much support from this community.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Feb. 11 @ 7:03 a.m. / Community
During services for Father Eric Freed last month, Stanley Fosnaugh released three white doves representing faith, hope, and love. (Photo by Mark McKenna.)
Letter from St. Bernard’s Parishioners and Staff,
Thank You to the Community,
On New Year’s Day, St. Bernard Parish suffered a tragic loss. Our beloved Pastor, shepherd and friend, Fr. Eric Freed, was taken from us as a result of a horrific crime. Amid sadness, anger and disbelief, we give thanks to God for tremendously blessing us for the time we had with him. This tragedy reminds us how fragile life is and brings us closer to God as we all pray for the hope of eternal life.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the community for your support during these past weeks. We have been overwhelmed with prayers, kind words of sympathy and concern, memorials, vigils, spiritual gifts and donations of time, talent and treasure.
From law enforcement to the media, from individuals to businesses, from local communities of worship to people of non-religious paths, we thank you. You have rallied around us as loving neighbors and caring friends. The list is endless and there are too many to name specifically, but know that the concern and care of each of you is deeply appreciated and has helped us move forward as individuals and a faith community. You have truly heard the commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
The Parishioners and Staff of St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Church. 6th and H Streets Downtown Eureka
St. Joseph Church, Henderson and C Streets, Eureka
Kym Kemp / Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 @ 10:50 a.m. / Community
Zorro, Fortuna’s Police Dog, is looking for a replacement take over his duties. Fortuna Police Employee’s Foundation is trying to raise money to buy a new dog and train an officer to work with the new member of the team.
Fortuna Police Employee’s Foundation Press Release:
Did you know that the Fortuna Police Department K9 Unit is run solely on donations from the community? Due to major budget cuts in July of 2012 the K9 Unit at the Fortuna Police department has been a donation based program. Police dogs have an average of seven to nine years of service before they are retired. The Fortuna Police Department’s K9, Zorro will be retiring in the summer of 2014 after eight years on patrol. We are hopeful to continue our K-9 program and start a new dog to take Zorro’s place when he retires. The start-up costs are much greater than that of our yearly costs to maintain the program. The Cost for a new K9 and the training for the Officer and the K9 will amount to approximately $11,500.00.
This year, the Fortuna Police Employees’ Foundation is starting a “Community K-9” fundraiser. “Since this will be the first dog to start while being solely a donation based program, we thought it would be fitting to name is such’ said Current K-9 Officer and Foundation Secretary Jason Kadle. To assist with the fundraising the Fortuna Police Employees’ Foundation is selling firewood. We are selling Madrone Firewood for $350.00 a cord. If interested please call 707-496-1286. If you don’t need firewood and wish to help with the “Community K9” fundraiser, you can donate to the Fortuna Police Employee’s Foundation by making checks out to the Fortuna Police Employees’ Foundation, and sending them to Fortuna Police Employees’ Foundation P.O. Box 795 Fortuna, CA 95540 (Please write K9 on the check). Donations can also be made online at https://www.givlet.org/donate/sKjP/ Donors will be provided a receipt for tax purposes.
About the Foundation The Fortuna Police Employees’ Foundation is a non-profit organization operated by members of the Fortuna Police Employees’ Association which is comprised of sworn and non-sworn members of the Fortuna Police Department. The foundation was formed to provide support to various community events and programs.
Kym Kemp / Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 @ 9:42 a.m. / Community
A garage sale this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. will buy computers for the elementary school. The event will be held at “Toph’s,” the old BBQ restaurant just east of the exit from HWY 101. Take the Benbow exit going south. Turn left and it is the building on your left before the golf course.
Bring your unwanted treasures and donate them for the sale. There are already many good donations—STERLING JEWELRY, ANTIQUES, CLOTHES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, SHOES, SNOWBOARD AND GEAR….. AND LOTS MORE.
Come support your community!