ABOVE: Brookings resident Bill Farrell, who served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, left the blackened remains of his statue in the ashes of a house fire 22 years ago, thinking it was worthless. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Bill Farrell’s statue, “...but not forgotten,” was exactly that after his home burned down in Laguna Beach on April 17, 1991.
The Brookings man didn’t have time to think about it at the time, as he was trying to escape the flames that were devouring his plaster and lathe home.
Brookings-Harbor High School seniors hold up signs during performance of the song “Time of Our Lives.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
A total of 111 young people took their first deep breath as high school graduates Saturday during the 2013 Brookings-Harbor High School commencement ceremony at Elmer Bankus Stadium.
The first breath came in the 90-degree heat after Brookings-Harbor School District Superintendent Brian Hodge declared the group high school graduates. At that point, the graduates released Silly String and threw their mortar-board caps into the air in celebration. This was followed by families and friends coming down to offer congratulations and hugs.