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‘A Funny Thing …’

Brookings’ own community theater legend Mike Moran has been acting, singing, directing and handling theater “tech” for more than 50-years. 

This month, he celebrates his 61st birthday and the upcoming comedy musical “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” is the 40th theater play he has directed.

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Sand Hill: A test of endurance

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Gabriel Chatman/The Pilot
If you’re like me you grew up right here in Brookings, surrounded by the abundant natural beauty. And if you’re like me, you take it for granted.

I grew up on Cape Ferrelo Road, north of Brookings, so spent lots of time playing outdoors as a kid. As a teenager I made gas money by picking and selling Chanterelle and Hedgehog mushrooms locally. Summers were spent “up river” swimming in the Chetco. I ran the coastal trails north of Lone Ranch Beach for conditioning every year for soccer. What I’m saying is I’m a local, born and bred in the boonies of Brookings.

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Pay it forward

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Austin Tidwell, left, Barbi Slater, Kristi Daniels and Jan Fox hold envelopes with gift certificates to be raffled at fundraiser set Saturday. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Debby Phillips has been known as a community cheerleader, volunteering and spearheading fundraisers and events to raise money for the community.

She kept the community abreast of events when she worked for KURY Radio and later when she was the publicist for the Port of Brookings Harbor, not to mention a volunteer who helped organize many fundraisers including for the Brookings-Harbor High School Booster Club, Rotary Club of Brookings and Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce. 

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BHHS has talent

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Lamar “50-Cal.” Bates performs an original rap piece titled “Life’s Changes” dedicated to his father who recently died of cancer. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Screams of delight and rounds of applause greeted each of the performers at Brookings-Harbor High School’s student talent show Wednesday night.

From the opening act of Brittney Lamar playing the national anthem on the cello to the very last smashing of a guitar by Sad Program’s front man Lawrence Lamar, the capacity crowd seemed to be thoroughly entertained.

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Giving out the Golda

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Michael Hall, who directed “Tuna Does Vegas,” talks about play that won award. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
It was a night on the town for Gold Beach thespians and theater aficionados when the Ellensburg Theater Company presented the second annual Golda Awards Saturday.

Champagne, wine and beer flowed as people lined up to fill their plates with an assortment of goodies. There was enough food to satisfy the appetites of the 70 in attendance at the Rogue Playhouse, and then some.

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