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Kickstarting a country music career

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Jessie Goergen performs for a 500-plus crowd at the Summer Concerts in the Park Series at Azalea Park in 2014. Goergen and her band also performed during the inaugural Cape Blanco Country Music Festival later that summer.

Brookings native Jessie Goergen, who has been performing country music in Curry and Del Norte counties for years, is making her first album in Nashville and needs help from her fans and the community to make it happen.

Goergen, 24, with the help of established country star Gretchen Wilson, plans to release a six-song EP (Extended Play) album and has launched an online Kickstarter campaign to help raise the necessary money.

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Eat fresh eat local

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Dennis Bowman, right, talks about growing cranberries along the Southern Oregon Coast.

The excitement that exudes from Jenine Manning about her work on Firefly Farms near Langlois is palpable.

Sustainability, certifiably organic, meat rabbits, even worm castings — it’s all the 21-year-old woman can talk about.

She was among about 50 people who met at an Eat Fresh and Local food council meeting Tuesday in Langlois, where farmers to store owners related challenges in their line of work in hopes of networking with others to solve them.

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Gold Beach kitchen celebrates first anniversary on Monday

GOLD BEACH — First Presbyterian Church of Gold Beach is celebrating its one year anniversary of its Community Kitchen, located in the activity room of the historic church.

During the past year, volunteers have prepared and served a free lunch every Monday to all who arrive at the door.

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Welcome home!

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Dan Bertolli, left, receives a “welcome home” hug from Sam Vitale at Brookings City Hall on March 30, 2012.

Monday marked an annual commemoration of service for a group of veterans often maligned when they first returned from war. The day was designated “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” by the United States Senate in 2011, following a resolution introduced by Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.

The Brookings Vietnam Veterans Association (VVA) Chapter 757 honored their members by hosting a barbecue. Forty-three members attended and enjoyed burgers and hot dogs — and remembered their service.

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Stagelights presents father, son duo

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Tim and Myles Thompson will perform Saturday in Harbor.

Stagelights welcomes Nashville guitar and fiddle duo Tim and Myles Thompson for a concert at the Harbor Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

Playing together for nearly 20 years, the father-and-son duo performs an eclectic mix of original and cover songs ranging from jazz to Celtic to bluegrass.

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