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Halloween costume party set at Chetco Activity Center
October 28, 2011 09:53 pm
October 25, 2011 09:18 pm


Tsunamic band members are Milann Reynolds, left, Steve Racham, Tim Harrison, Danny Brides and Dan DeLaney. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The five members of the new rock band Tsunamic are not content simply to provide background music at a public event, bar or private party.

“We want to put on a real rock show, where the focus is on the band and the music,” said Tsunamic’s lead vocalist Steve Racham, 50, of Brookings.


Model helicoters: Split-second thrills
October 21, 2011 09:33 pm

Rod Roberts flies his self-built AH-64 Apache in the field near Lake Earl. Wescom News Service/Bryant Anderson

CRESCENT CITY –  Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!  It’s an upside-down helicopter pulling aerobatics  faster than you can think.

Step onto the official field of the Redwood Empire Modelers Association and you’ll meet men eager to show off their toys: remote-controlled helicopters. And these birds don’t mess around.

“There are times when I land my helicopter and shut it off and my knees are shaking from the adrenaline rush,” said Don Beard, member of the local RC club since 1995.



‘Art of Murder’ keeps audience guessing until the bitter end
October 21, 2011 08:55 pm


GOLD BEACH – The Ellensburg Theater Company’s production of “Art of Murder” can be described in two words – it’s different.

Even co-director Valerie MacGillivary can attest to this production being like no other. In the program notes she wrote, “Is it a mystery? Is it a comedy? You decide.”

I had trouble deciding.

Puns are interspersed throughout this dark comedy about as often as plot twists. Calling this production a mystery would be accurate as well. It’s not about who murdered whom, but which character is going to be murder and who succeeds in the end.


Cider on Sunday
October 19, 2011 09:37 am


Pat McVay cranks apple grinder and Ernie Hinze pushes apples into hopper while Keith Wallin turns cider press to squeeze ground apples into juice. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Vintage cider presses were squeezing out gallons of juice from hundreds of pounds of apples during the Cider on Sunday event at the Chetco Valley Historical Society museum.

Three apple presses were used simultaneously at the event. One was loaned by Keith, Elaine and Desi Smith, and another by Glenn Garvin. The third – an antique press from the mid-1800s which is normally on display in the museum – was donated by Archie and Doris McVay. 

Not only could people bring their apples to make juice for their own use, but they could sample apple fritters prepared by members of the Boardman family, and be served apple juice and hot apple cider.


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