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‘We did it!” BHHS grads celebrate education milestone

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Graduates dance to the song "I've had the time of my life" before they graduate on Saturday. The Pilot/Scott Graves
Speeches were made, hands were shaken, caps were thrown, hugs were given and tears were shed at the Brookings-Harbor High School Class of 2012 commencement ceremony Saturday as 103 seniors graduated.

During the windy ceremony on Elmer Bankus Field, graduates, their friends and family, staff and community members listened to Sea Breeze members perform a few numbers including the national anthem, a presentation of the Academic Excellence and Honors Diplomas recipients, and to speeches by the salutatorians and valedictorians, teacher of the year, faculty speaker and keynote speaker before the roll call for diplomas.

As expected, the ceremony was serious, full of reflection and inspiration. Yet at times it was also light-hearted and funny.

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Rotary-sponsored swim lessons a hit with Kalmiopsis students

 

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Instructor Kaylee Kocher helps Trinity Gutierrez learn the right way to kick her feet. The Pilot/Charlie Kocher
Third-graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School splashed and squealed in excitement as they bobbed their heads, practiced streamlines, swam on their backs and learned to swim freestyle at the Brookings Municipal Pool this past week.

The Kalmiopsis students were participating in a week of swim lessons sponsored by the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor.

 

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Grant helps Kalmiopsis school garden grow

 

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Kalmiopsis Elementary School students pick tomatoes from the Little Bear Patch garden at the school. The Pilot/Submitted photo
 

Little Bear Patch, the garden at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, has been awarded $2,500 from the West Family Foundation for development of a new greenhouse. 

The foundation was formed in 2006 by Steven and Carolyn West to give back to community and provide opportunities for children and families in Southern Oregon. Alisa Green of Brookings Harbor Education Foundation wrote the grant application.

Little Bear Patch started growing in 2008 with the help of Oregon State University (OSU) Master Gardener Program volunteers who assist hundreds of children each year in learning about gardening, how to tell when a plant is sick, and to learn the process of growing a garden. 

 

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Bluegrass kicks off Azalea Park concert series

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Music lovers fill the lawn at Azalea Park last summer to watch performances under the bandshell. The Pilot/Submitted photo
 

The bluegrass music of Siskiyou Summit kicks off the 2012 outdoor concerts in Azalea Park on Sunday, June 17.

It’s the first of seven concerts planned by the American Music Festival this summer in a mix of both new and returning performers.

All the concerts are set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the bandshell – called “Stage Under the Stars” – in Azalea Park. 

 

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Busking for the food bank

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Patrick Price plays music at Salty Dog Coffee Bar for a good cause. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
 

Patrick Price knows what it’s like to be hungry.

As a boy, his mother and stepfather left to go shopping – and came home five days later from a trip to Las Vegas.

Price and his brother and sister survived by eating green acorns off a backyard tree at their home in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

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