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Model helicoters: Split-second thrills

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


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


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.



Pacific Crossroads: Free help for those in need

Pacific Crossroads Board President Crystal Williams and Board member Fred Wilson confer during a meeting at the nonprofit organization’s office. The Pilot/Steve Kadel

People with mental health issues, addiction problems or physical disabilities can get help free of charge at Pacific Crossroads Drop-in Center in Brookings.

The office is tucked away from view, up a driveway behind Chetco Pharmacy at 2 Ross Road. Once there,  clients find empathetic volunteers to talk with them about their troubles and recommend available community services.

“We are peers. We are not counselors,” said Crystal Williams, president of Crossroads’ board of directors. “We listen to what people’s needs are.



Carpe Diem: Indie string quartet opens concert series

CRESCENT CITY – Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association will open its 2011-12 season when it presents the indie ensemble Carpe Diem String Quartet.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., Crescent City.

Single tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Season tickets will be on sale at the door. Season tickets are $45 for an adult, $20 for a student and $100 for a family. Four concerts are scheduled.



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