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Honoring veterans on 11/11/11

Connie Hunter talks about veterans programs. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 966 celebrated Veterans Day by honoring past and present military members Friday with a Veterans Day Ceremony at the VFW Hall.

“Each year we honor those veterans who have served, and those that are serving today,” VFW Post Commander Rick Bremer said. “They are protecting our way of life, and countries who are in need of military protection.”

The initial mood was somber, and took a decidedly political tone, even “bitter” Bremer acknowledged, as speakers discussed lack of funding for veteran and military services that Congress may cut. Those in attendance were  encouraged to write to their representatives and tell them that veteran services and benefits should be saved.



Couple makes, sells English toffee as a holiday gift

Sharon and Doug Usedom will have a booth selling English toffee and peppermint bark at today’s Communty Christmas Bazaar. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

Sharon and Doug Usedom  work as a team to make English toffee and peppermint bark.

Sharon mixes the ingredients, packages and organizes the candies, and Doug stirs the mix.

“My husband and I, we’ve become a great team,” Sharon said.



Crafters enjoy social aspect of selling their wares

Jan and John McCollister show their handcrafts ranging from her clothes to his items made from oak wine barrels. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

For Jan and John McCollister, selling handcrafted goods provides an opportunity to meet new people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jan sells panchos and capes.

John crafts oak wine barrels into lazy susans, platters, tables and candle holders.

In the process, the McCollisters have met people from all over the world, Jan said.



Friends of Music brings operatic vocalists to Brookings

Friends of Music presents “An Afternoon of Opera and Musical Theater” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Calvary Assembly of God, 518 Fir St., Brookings.

The presentation will be given by operatic vocalists Eugene Brancoveanu, Ronit Widmann-Levy and Thomas Glenn.

During the 2011-12 season, baritone Brancoveanu has performed the title role in Shostakovich’s rarely performed opera, “Orango,” with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In past seasons he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, in Michael-Tilson Thomas’ “The Thomashevskys,” conducted by the composer, which was also performed in Los Angeles and San Francisco.



Craft projects have evolved for Heike Domel

Heike Domel shows crafts she will have at her booth – which include a bag with a pink flamingo, a framed sea star and crocheted scarves. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez

For Heike Domel, crafting is a kind of therapy.

“It’s like meditation,” Domel said. “Crafting is a way of life. I have to create things. It is important for me to.”

She loves to create, and “get in the zone.”

Domel makes a variety of items: shopping bags with images of shore birds, crabs and whales’ tails; knitted and crocheted scarves; Christmas tree garlands; dyed antique hand-wove linen with applique shapes, embroidery and beadwork; and birdhouses embellished with shells, rocks and beachwood.



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