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Talent extravaganza!
March 05, 2011 04:00 am

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Roxy Gothard performs an original song titled “Promise.” The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Not only did Jessica Gardner and Manny Vasquez get the most cheers from the audience at the annual Brookings-Harbor High School talent show, but they also impressed the judges.

The duo performed an original acrobatic dance at Thursday night’s competition, resulting in the first-place prize.

Winning the second-place award was Zach Konkel who performed an original medley on guitar. Roxy Gothard accompanied herself on piano while singing “Promise” to win third place.

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Showcasing the music
March 02, 2011 04:00 am

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Homemade Jam – Chris Vorster and Willow Owings
Nearly every seat was filled with people who came to the Harbor Performing Arts Center to hear musicians perform Saturday night.

The three-hour concert was a fundraiser for Stagelights Musical Arts Community. Approximately 73 people attended the event, raising $384 to help provide musical education in Brookings, according to Chele Later, Stagelights board member and treasurer.

A variety of rock and roll and a few other genres was performed by bands, duets and solo acts.

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Welcome back!
February 26, 2011 04:00 am

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Pastor James Ball – dressed in chiefs robe – returned to Medoma, Ghana, in 2010 to repaint a church he was responsible for building in 1969. Photo courtesy of James Ball
One night in 1968, James F. Ball, 75, of Brookings,  had a vivid dream.

Upon awakening, he knew God wanted him to go to Africa.

Shortly thereafter, he found himself with little money but big hopes sailing aboard a freighter to Ghana along with his wife Patricia and their three little children.

“Diana was 3, James was 5 and Cheryl was 6 1/2. Our youngest, Becky, was born in Ghana,” Ball said.

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The chefs behind the soup kitchens
February 23, 2011 04:00 am

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Roger Gilbert, left, and Ernie Madden prepare meals for soup kitchen. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
There’s a story in the Bible about a rich young man who asks Jesus what he has to do to gain eternal life.

Jesus tells him to obey the commandments. The man says he already does that, and wants to know if there’s anything else.

“Go,” Jesus says, “sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you’ll have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

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From an empty field to a dog park
February 19, 2011 04:00 am

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Matthew Raleigh and Austin Bertelson stand in front of finished dog park. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
A lot of people have talked about building a dog park, but it took a 16-year-old Boy Scout to actually get it done – with a little help from his friends.

Matthew Raleigh, a sophomore at Brookings-Harbor High School, needed a project to complete the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout.

OPRD Park Ranger Austin Bertelson needed some willing volunteers to install a pet exercise area at McVay Rock State Recreation Area.

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