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The History of the Hatchery

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Hatchery manager Andy Van Scoyk tosses a salmon back into Rowdy Creek. Wescom News Service/Bryant Anderson

It took a very special group of people who had the vision and the passion to create and sustain the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery on Fred Haight Drive in Smith River.

Rowdy Creek is a private nonprofit hatchery sponsored by the Smith River Kiwanis Club.

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Princesses chosen

The 2013 Azalea Pageant Princesses.

The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2013 — Jessica McKee, Brandi Rodgers, Taylor Simon, Kayla Webre and Sarah Ziemer.

During the next four months, the princesses will be preparing for the Azalea Scholarship Pageant, scheduled in early May. There, one will be crowned queen and reign over the annual Azalea Festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.

Jessica McKee

McKee, 18, the daughter of Kathy and Dan McKee, enjoys singing and playing piano. She has taken two years of piano and was a member of Grace Notes choir at Brookings-Harbor High School. She desires to use her musical experience for the talent portion of the pageant.

Following graduation from high school, she plans to pursue a degree in medical imaging to become an ultrasound technician. She is applying to attend Oregon Institute of Technology, Boise State University and Seattle University.

Currently her high school activities include student government, soccer, softball and National Honor Society. When not involved in school, she enjoys camping, hiking, water sports, baking and reading.

Brandi Rodgers

Seventeen-year-old Rogers aspires to earn a doctorate degree in sports medicine and has applied to several universities throughout the country. To learn more about her chosen career path, she shadowed physical therapy Mike Worthey of Brookings-Harbor Physical Therapy for her senior project.

She plans to use her athletic skills for her talent presentation in the pageant, although she admits she has a few other ideas in mind, including a musical act.

At Brookings-Harbor High School, she is involved in National Honor Society, student government and cross country. Her hobbies including running, spending time at home, hanging out with friends, studying, reading, listening to music, volunteering and working out.

Rodgers is the daughter of Sherrey Rodgers and Nick Rodgers.

Taylor Simon

Simon, 17, has been accepted to Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where she plans to study radiology and pursue a career in vascular technology or ultrasound technology.

For her talent, Simon plans to play a guitar and possibly sing. She has taken guitar, violin and clarinet lessons. Prior to moving to Curry County three years ago, she wrote articles for the Granite Bay High School Gazette. She continues to enjoy writing, blogging and reading as well as playing soccer and volunteering in school and community activities.

Simon is the daughter of Michelle Chylik.

Kayla Webre

Webre, the daughter of Sharon Webre and Steven Webre, grew up in Brookings and enjoys drawing and painting, “though I am mostly an avid doodler,” she wrote in her application. She also enjoys reading.

Because of her love of art, Webre, 17, plans to do a speed art demonstration during the talent portion of the pageant.

In school, she has been involved in leadership, which has given her opportunities to be involved in the community.

Following graduation, Webre aspires to become a paramedic. She has applied to Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon and Oregon State University, as well as Penn State University.

Sarah Ziemer

Ziemer, 17, has not only been involved in community theater, Girl Scouts and 4-H at the local level, but has spent a month in Mongolia as part of a 4-H exchange program.

At Brookings-Harbor High School, she is involved in leadership, student government and art classes. She has had her art displayed at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay as well as in the Azalea Festival art show.

Her hobbies include drawing, painting, photography, acting, hiking, reading, baking, singing in the shower and baking. For her talent, she plans to tell a story.

Ziemer, the daughter of Lauri and Tom Ziemer, plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. Her dream is to work at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She is applying to Linfield College, Warren Wilson College and Southern Oregon University.


Music for the season

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All choir members and Sea Breeze alumni join Music Director Greg Goode in leading the audience singing a Christmas carol at end of the holiday concert. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
When Brookings-Harbor High School musicians gathered Wednesday to perform holiday music, it was more than a concert — it was a party.

Rather than the usual seating arrangement, chairs were placed around tables in the school auditorium, with all but the Concert Band sharing the same floor. Members of the audience were treated to desserts while they listened to music in a laid-back, intimate setting.

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Life cycle of salmon

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An Elk River Fish Hatchery worker shows children the details on an adult salmon. The Pilot/Submitted photo
 

Third graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School learned all about the life cycle of salmon and steelhead first-hand during a field trip last week to the Elk River Fish Hatchery, just north of Port Orford. 

 “It gives us lots of opportunities to teach different avenues of science,” third-grade teacher Ken Olsen said. “It’s just a component of a bigger piece. This is the central thing we do in third grade.”

While at the hatchery, students observed big pens in which the fish are kept, went to the fish ladders and saw them swim into the hatchery from the river, watched an employee go into the water with a net and scoop up salmon and learned the differences between male and female fish and how to distinguish between them.

 

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Chasar paints Lincoln

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Pete Chasar shows his first painting of President Abraham Lincoln. The Pilot/Submitted photo
 

Brookings artist Pete Chasar, primarily a landscape painter, has taken on a new challenge and has recently completed a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.

The portrait is acrylic on canvas with a painted gallery-wrap edge and measures 16-inches by 20-inches and may be view at The Snug, upstairs at Brian Scott Gallery. Chasar has created a second painting of Lincoln, only horizontal, and is hanging at South Coast Fitness. 

Chasar has been planning a Lincoln portrait for several months. His decision has nothing to do with Hollywood.

 

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