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Human trafficking survivor to share her experiences


The Brookings and Gold Beach Soroptimist clubs have joined together with Oasis House, the Gold Beach Education Fund, and Southwestern Oregon Community College to bring Dawn Schiller to speak. 

Schiller will speak at Gold Beach High School on Monday, Oct. 1. She will speak at Brookings-Harbor High School on Tuesday, Oct. 2. 

A third presentation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Krieger Community Room at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings. This free presentation is open to the public.

Schiller was a victim of human trafficking. Her book “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes” is a memoir of how she became involved with porn star John Holms when she was 15. Holmes abused her physically and emotionally and manipulated her with drugs and alcohol. Schiller eventually broke free and turned Holmes over to the police. 



Cherish the Chetco


Children were provided paddle-boards and snorkles to explore the river. Lorna Rodriguez/The Pilot
Energetic kayakers, focused stand-up paddle boarders, artists painting river scenery and people simply enjoying the the sunshine and peaceful river participated in the Cherish the Chetco River Fair Saturday, an afternoon river fair at Redwood Bar that promoted understanding and stewardship of local rivers such as the Chetco. 

“I think the event was a great success,” event coordinator Ann Vileisis said. “I think we had a good turnout. I think everyone had a really good time.”



Old Time Fiddlers jam at the Grange Saturday

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association will have a concert followed by an acoustic jam at the Chetco Grange Community Center Saturday, Sept. 29. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Chetco Grange 765 will host a free program featuring the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association (OOTFA) from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event, which will feature a concert and acoustic jam, will be at the Chetco Grange Community Center, 97895 Shopping Center Ave., Harbor.  

The OOTFA District 5, which covers the area from Florence to Harbor, has been featured at the Chetco Grange for the past several years and the venue has been so successful that fiddlers from throughout the state now join the district here, event organizers said. 



Nursing in war-torn Sudan

Mark St. James poses with resident. Submitted photo
Imagine a primitive hospital with no plumbing, CT scan or X-ray machines; equipment that is sterilized over coal and steam, donated surgery supplies and one doctor for 450 patients. 

It is located in a war zone with daily bombings; the local residents struggle to grow food for fear of being killed. 


Winchuck Barbecue: Higher than normal amount raised at annual event

A guest is served a piece of chicken by Erika Doyle of the 4-H Rail Riders equestrian group, which received a donation from the Winchuck Volunteers. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

It was a better-than-usual result for the Winchuck Volunteers’ chicken barbecue at the Winchuck Fire Hall last weekend.

The organization, which supports the Winchuck Fire Department, raised $5,400 after selling out its 500 pieces of chicken that were put on the grill over an alder wood fire, said Tom Taylor, Winchuck Volunteers treasurer.

In recent years, the barbecue has averaged raising $4,500. Although the event raised more than previous years, expenses to put on the event were also higher, Taylor said. In addition, the Winchuck Fire Hall also had a few extra expenses, such as having to replace an underground power line to the water well.



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