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Alzheimer's Disease: Friends, family hold annual vigil


Ocean Park resident John Hurt is embraced by his sister, Peggy Goergen, during candlelight vigil. Three years ago Hurt had a stroke that triggered his Alzheimer’s disease, Goergen said. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting

Victims of Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than 5 million Americans and millions more who have been diagnosed with other forms of dementia, were remembered Sunday night during a candlelight vigil at Ocean Park, a residential care facility in Brookings.

The event was in conjunction with the National Commemorative Candle Lighting, an annual event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. 

The candle lighting is held every November in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Local organizations, such as Ocean Park, hold ceremonies in their communities on the same day, uniting individuals from coast to coast, said Dana Maciel, a registered nurse and wellness director at Ocean Park, a residential care facility in Brookings for persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.



Stagelights hosts Open Mic tonight

The public and musicians of all levels and musical styles are invited to attend Stagelights Musical Arts Community monthly Open Mic in Brookings today  (Nov. 19) from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Event Center, 800 Chetco Ave., across from Les Schwab Tire Center.

The event is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Musicians are welcome to perform original and cover songs.  



Wishing the U.S. Marine Corps a happy birthday


Marine Corps League Commandant Bob Gilmore and Senior Vice Commandant Fred Pate honor Vietnam veterans at Saturday’s Marine Corps ball. The Pilot/Glenn Robert Woodfin
The Calvin E. Murphy Detachment 578 Marine Corps League 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball and Toys for Tots Raffle and Silent Auction was, according to attendees, the premier social event of the year for the Brookings-Harbor community.

Saturday, Nov. 12, the Elks Lodge was filled with festively dressed participants who enjoyed an evening filled with tradition, patriotism, special awards, dancing, dining, music, laughter, and maybe even a few tears.



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.



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