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Sidewalk pastor chalks one up for art outside Calvary Assembly of God

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Brookings pastor Ed Yeager created chalk art outside Calvary Assembly of God and submitted to K-Love Radio Sidewalk Chalk Art contest. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
 

Pastor Ed Yeager – sometimes known as the pastor of the Big White Truck, the Sidewalk Pastor or the Street Pastor – was hoping to become the Pastor of Sidewalk Chalk Art and win a free concert sponsored by K-Love Radio of Denver, Colo.

Alas, the concert route went south, with Monday’s winners named in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Tuesday’s in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday’s in Mustang, Okla., Thursday’s in Liberty, Mo., and yesterday’s in Papillion, Neb.

The Brookings minister, who isn’t affiliated with any church or denomination, was among more than 70 who submitted an entry by the deadline late last week.

 

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Curry County Fair opens Thursday

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Three Brookings girls enjoy at carnival ride at last year’s Curry County Fair. The Pilot file photo/Bill Schlichting
 

GOLD BEACH – The 100th annual Curry County Fair opens Thursday, July 26, with events planned for everyone in the family.

The fair is celebrating with the theme “A Century of Music Magic and Memories” on the Curry County Fairgrounds at the Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave., Gold Beach.

Events will take place daily, including the Kenya Safari Acrobats, 4-H activities, exhibits, a carnival, a tigress and other exotic animals and reptiles from Walk on the Wild Side, music and competitions. Other highlights include Lucky 7 Bulls and Barrels, the Tuff Trucks’ Josh Amos Memorial Event, the Hillbilly Relay, Mud Drag Races and a free beef barbecue for all fairgoers on Sunday.

 

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‘Lady Pirates’ bring new meaning to walking on plank

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Lady pirates (Jasmin Bisiaux, Satarah Farley and Hailey Rogers) threaten to throw one of the passengers (Edward Nagel) overboard. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
 

Mutiny, sword fights, mayhem, takeovers, romance and a whole lot of humor combined with song and dance can be seen on the Harbor Performing Arts Center stage during the summer musical production of “Lady Pirates of Captain Bree.”

This Brookings Harbor Community Theater production, written by Martin Follose with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, is directed by Dori Blodgett and performed in memory of Nathan “Cap’n Nate” Dodgen.

The story begins when the crew of the sailing vessel Kayla May jumps ship upon sighting  pirates in the distance on the starboard (the right side facing the bow) side of the boat, leaving Captain Jennings (Todd Pearson)  with a  crew of  prisoners (Daniel Pearson, Kevin Sumner, Diondre Runyan, Joshua Farley, Tony Hobbs and Jeff Holmes); Fergus (Rick DeHaven), a sailor who can’t swim, and a cook (Bri Amlin) who only knows how to make meatballs, to protect his passengers from the inevitable attack. One of the male passengers (Edward Nagel) goes so far as to dress as a woman to avoid becoming shark bait.

 

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Pelican Bay: Wonder what it's like to work at the prison

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Sgt. Dell Higgerson in the “A Yard” at Pelican Bay State Prison. The Pilot
 

It’s a Tuesday morning. The sun shines on the tree-studded hills of the North Coast. Danny Forkner stares out at a green field with basketball courts, soccer goals, chin-up bars and other exercise equipment sectioned off by chain-link. He could see for miles save for the cement buildings obstructing his view.

Forkner is one of the 824 people tasked with guarding California’s so-called “worst of the worst” as correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison north of Crescent City.

They oversee the murderers, rapists, robbers and gang members that no other prison wants. Outcasts banished to a remote location hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away from their families.

 

 

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Honoring the Survivors, Remembering the departed

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Balloons are released to mark the beginning of the Relay for Life. Cancer survivors took the first lap around the track. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Memories of loved ones – survivors of cancer and those who did not – were evoked and honored Friday night at the Relay for Life of Curry County 2012 as people listened to inspiring speeches, dressed in costume to show their spirit and walked all night to raise money for cancer research. 

“It was fabulous. I think that, and this is just my opinion ... I think people get a little bit more seasoned every year to this,” event chair Vanita Roland said. “I think in functionality it’s smoother. It’s wonderful to see the community come out for it. I think it was probably one of the best Relays ever.”

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