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From an empty field to a dog park
February 19, 2011 04:00 am

Matthew Raleigh and Austin Bertelson stand in front of finished dog park. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
A lot of people have talked about building a dog park, but it took a 16-year-old Boy Scout to actually get it done – with a little help from his friends.

Matthew Raleigh, a sophomore at Brookings-Harbor High School, needed a project to complete the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.

OPRD Park Ranger Austin Bertelson needed some willing volunteers to install a pet exercise area at McVay Rock State Recreation Area.

Students deliver Valentines to the elderly
February 16, 2011 04:00 am

BHHS students Steven Nagel, left, Haley Abbot, middle and Dorothy Shull deliver Valentine’s Day cards to residents of Good Sam. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
“Young people have no respect for their elders,” the adage goes. “They’re  rude and don’t care about anything but their iPods and cell phones.”

Three Brookings teens challenged these often repeated complaints about their age group Tuesday. Dorothy Shull, 15, Haley Abbot, 16, and Steven Nagel, 15, visited several area care homes to distribute hand-made Valentine’s Day cards to residents.

At the Good Samaritan Society’s Curry Village, Shull gave Sybil Powers a hand-lettered Valentine.

Think it’s spring?
February 12, 2011 04:00 am
Sheila and Ellie Hedenskog take a stroll through Azalea Park where a tree is covered with blossoms.
Firefighters Honored
February 09, 2011 04:00 am

Harbor volunteer firefighters
The Harbor Rural Volunteer Fire Department responded to 257 emergency and assistance calls in 2010.

Saturday’s call was different. Harbor’s volunteer firefighters were called to Smith River for an awards banquet, to thank the members for their service.

“It’s a chance to get away, sit down and have a good connection,” Fire Chief John Brazil said.

Northcoast Marine Mammal Center's vision
February 05, 2011 04:00 am

Construction will continue at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center for the next few months.
The sounds of construction will be audible for the next few months at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center while workers give the facility a face-lift.

And if center officials get their wish, a much bigger construction project could be in the works.

Dr. Dennis Wood, center founder and veterinarian, said the current construction work will bring animal enclosures up to code, helping the center better house ocean creatures.

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