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Tall Ships: A tour in the rough

The Hawaiian Chieftain, foreground, and the Lady Washington prepare to sail.

Not so on the Hawaiian Chieftain Saturday evening.

But from the looks on some of the passenger’s faces, confidence wasn’t a reigning emotion at first.

The wind was howling from all directions, the water even in harbor was white-capped and gray.

The seven-man crew — five of whom were women — appeared calm, despite the gale warning received over the radio and the gentle bobbing of the docked boat.


Choir concerts set May 6, 7

CRESCENT CITY — Songs from the musical “West Side Story,” traditional spirituals, barbershop, jazz and folk pieces will be performed during a Pacific Music Guild concert.

Providing Help in Honduras

American volunteers and Honduran students use hand tools cut grass in a playground.

A group of college students led by two Brookings residents returned to Honduras to help people in that Central American country.

For the last 10 years, the small group from Oregon has been working with a nonprofit organization in Honduras called Caminando por la Paz. Its primary focus is the education of children living in Chamelecon, a neighborhood of San Pedro Sula. 

This year Val Cowan and Tim Stadelman were accompanied by six college students. The students’ travel was funded by many donors from the Brookings community. The students donated their time to live and work in a poor neighborhood in Honduras. 


Plant sale set at Botanical Garden

Brookings-Harbor Garden Club garden chair Fran Watson, left, looks on while club president Judy Seyle presents award to Barbara DeMoss, while Paul Otto, grower of the a new cultivar, Grevillea “Barbara DeMoss,” stands by.

The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club will be participating in Garage Sale Saturday by presenting its annual garden sale at the Brookings Botanical Garden.

The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. The 2-acre garden is located on North Bank Chetco Road between Highway 101 and Old County Road. Parking is available off Old County Road.  


A hilly trail

Spruce Island can be seen from a rocky shelf between Secret Beach and Spruce Island pullout.

Spruce Island Trail is just beyond the Secret Beach turnout (which is easy to miss) when heading north. If you reach Spruce Island, turn around and head south. Slip behind the north end of the guardrail where the blacktop slopes into a small dirt parking area. The hike down only takes five minutes.

I now dub this beach Gossip Beach, because it is not a secret. There were at least 20 people within the two to three hours I spent there, not counting my group. I went with my cousin’s two children and their mother, plus my niece, mom and Jessica. It was my birthday. What a fantastic, gorgeous day it was. I am blessed to have such wonderful family and abundant natural settings to make it so!


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