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German band adds oomp to community entertainment


The Oktoberfest Oompah Band performs at Good Samaritan Society Curry Village dining room in Brookings Tuesday morning. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
The Oktoberfest Oompah Band sang, played, smiled, danced and serenaded Good Samaritan Society residents all while decked out in Bavarian costumes for its performance Tuesday morning at Good Sam’s residential care facility in Brookings. 

“We bring the entertainment to them,” tuba player Doren Rosenthal said.



A man of solutions


The Pilot/Steve Kadel

Seventy-seven-year old Richard Sine and his wife Betty live in an attractive home on a hill south of Harbor.

A winding driveway to the house passes through a garden-like growth of flowers and native plants. The couple’s living room and outside deck provide gorgeous views of the ocean.

For many retirees, the setting would encourage a life of leisure, perhaps sitting on the deck in summer months enjoying a glass of iced tea and the contemplative surroundings.

That’s not Richard Sine’s way.



Pumpkin decorating, ghost stories spook library


Woman opens Rogue ranch to children, family activities

The 480-acre Cornerstone Ranch will be used for children’s activities.
GOLD BEACH – Bonnie Paasch has a passion for children and horses.  

Paasch, who raised and trained horses for 25 years, recently decided to combine her two passions by building a foundation: Dreams, Hope  and Faith, for children and families.

“We just really want to be able to give kids something to do. Something that they can afford,” Dreams, Hope and Faith Foundation Project Director Bonnie Paasch said. “We’re trying to come up with things because there’s not a whole lot to do in the area. We want to give kids an opportunity to find out what they’re all about. They often have so many interests. We want to give them  a chance to explore those interests.”


Winning the derby grand prize


Rotary President Bill McMillan looks on as Bets Byrtus accepts keys for grand prize Mazda 2 from dealership owner Rick Bishop. Bill Schlichting

After a Tidewater dump truck dumped 5,000 little rubber duckies into the Chetco River Sunday during the fourth annual Wild Rivers Ducky Derby at Loeb State Park, it appeared it was going to be a fast race.

The duckies raced down the riffle so fast that many managed to get past a boom to keep them from floating behind a rock. However, once the flock reached a pool near the beginning of the course, most of the duckies followed the current that pitted them against the bank. This made it easy to gather the ducks in the end, but also caused many spectators to wonder if any ducks would make it to the finish line.

Then, one ducky broke free and floated slowly downstream where a boom was placed across the river in the shape of a funnel with a collection barge in the middle. People anticipated a winner. The ducky hit the boom near the shore and stopped, as did a second and third following behind.




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