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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.




Students get free admission to classical concert

 Students 17 and younger will be able to attend Friends of Music concerts for free during the 2011-12 season.

Concerts include a performance of The Cleveland Duo and James Umble at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Calvary Assembly of God, 518 Fir St., Brookings, followed by an all Spanish program by pianist Frank Wiens on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Tickets for general admission are $15 and are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies and at the door.



‘Robin Hood’ begins its second weekend Thursday


"Robin Hood" has a band of merry men.
Four shows remain for the comedy presentation of “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” at the Harbor Performing Arts Center.

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater production will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22, 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

The play, written by Mary Lynn Dobson and directed by Dori Blodgett, features Robin Hood (played by Steven Nagel) and the merry woodsman, who take from the rich and give to the poor. In his never-ending quest to aid the needy, he encounters a not-so-usual damsel-in-distress, Lady Marian (Cassidy Ward)  who likes to be in melodramatic. Also featured is her brassy Lady in Waiting (Pam Lynn) and a scheming Sheriff of Nottingham (Gary Reissner), a villain who has a knack for bowling.



Local singing champ to compete in Coos Bay

Jessie Goergen, who was 2010 Oregon State Fair talent winner, performed her own concert at the State Fair in Salem earlier this month. She also won the KPOD Texaco Country Showdown, giving her the chance to compete in the state finals in Coos Bay. Submitted photo
Harbor resident Jessie Goergen will compete in the KSHR-FM Texaco Country Showdown Finals at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in Coos Bay after winning the KPOD Texaco Country Showdown competition in Crescent City in July.

“I’m really excited for it, and hoping for a win,” Goergen said. “My family and friends are going to be there, so I’m really excited to perform for all my friends and family.”


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