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Louie crowned queen
May 08, 2012 10:52 pm

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Louie Deraita Bill Schlichting/The Pilot
Princess Louie Deraita’s eyes opened in shock and her hands flew to cover her mouth Saturday night when emcee Les Cohen announced that she is the 2012 Azalea Festival Pageant Queen.

“It’s unbelievable,” Deraita said. “I cannot believe it. I’m so surprised. I’m so shocked.”

Princess Roxanne Gothard was first runner-up. 

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Brookings firefighters honored
May 04, 2012 09:45 pm

 

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Jose Contreras is presented the Firefighter of the Year Award from Chief Bill Sharp. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
 

In 2011 the 34 members of the Brookings Fire Department responded to more than 350 calls. 

Thirty-two of those members are unpaid volunteers whose efforts aren’t always recognized, let alone rewarded.

Brookings Fire Department Chief Bill Sharp felt the need to recognize the time and effort put into keeping Brookings safe from fire and, with the assistance of the Brookings Fire Association, hosted the 2012 Brookings Fire Department Awards Banquet last Saturday at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, which was attended by more than 70 people.

 

 

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Nearly 100 sales to delight bargain hunters
May 04, 2012 09:29 pm

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People were already browsing through a garage sale at Chiado family home on Kings Way on Friday. The sale will continue today. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
 

All sorts of trinkets, doodads and treasures will be available today for bargain hunters and shoppers during the biannual Garage Sale Saturday. 

More than 95 garage sales will be going on today and Sunday, starting as early as 7 a.m. and lasting all day. 

A special Garage Sale Saturday map with a numbered list of every sale is featured on the front and back covers of the classified section of the Curry Coastal Pilot.

 

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Fish on! Third graders land rainbow trout
May 02, 2012 08:32 am

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Students from Ken Olsen's third-grade class fish at Arizona Pond.
By Jef Hatch
Pilot Staff Writer

The noise level may have been high enough to scare off every bear, deer and coyote for a 10-mile radius, but trees can’t run and the fish were kept captive in the pond at Arizona Beach State Park long enough for the third graders from Kalmiopsis Elementary School to catch a few.

Early Wednesday morning, third graders from Dawn Bennett’s and Ken Olsen’s classrooms made their way to the pond to partake in Reel Fish Day, an angler education class offered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) and the South Coast Watershed Council (SCWC), in conjuction with the Oregon South Coast Fishermen (OSCF) and the Curry Anadromous Fishermen (CAF).

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Visiting the Tall Ships
May 02, 2012 08:03 am

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By Bill Schlichting

Pilot Staff Writer

One day last year I felt as though I needed to get out of town, so I headed to Coos Bay.

As I was just south of downtown North Bend, I looked out onto the bay and saw a familiar tall ship.

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