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An acoustic Hoedown

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association members perform before hosting a circle jam. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
More than 30 people attended the Oregon Old Time Fiddler’s hoedown at the Grange in Harbor Saturday, strumming guitars, banjos, a bass, mandolins, a ukulele, fiddles, dulcimer and other stringed instruments.

After an hour of on-stage presentations, the musicians gathered in a circle and, one by one, began a song of their choice, with the others all joining in to create a raucous, melodious afternoon.


Bringing hope to Vietnam

Dr. Ted Taylor of Gold Beach examines a Vietnamese child while volunteering for Project HOPE. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Story by Alison Brandt

of Project Hope

When Alice Taylor was looking for volunteer opportunities earlier this year, she saw online that Project HOPE needed a midwife, a pediatrician and a photojournalist for a humanitarian mission in Vietnam. 

Taylor, a certified nurse midwife from Gold Beach, thought, “This would be perfect.” It so happens that Alice’s husband, Dr. Laurence “Ted” Taylor, is a family medicine practitioner with many pediatric patients, and their son Will, 25, is a freelance writer and photojournalist. 

They all applied and were accepted for Operation Pacific Angel 2012, an eight-day mission undertaken jointly by Project HOPE, the U.S. Air Force and the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces, which offered free medical care and health education to residents of Vietnam’s northern coastal province of Nghe An.



Human trafficking survivor to share her experiences


The Brookings and Gold Beach Soroptimist clubs have joined together with Oasis House, the Gold Beach Education Fund, and Southwestern Oregon Community College to bring Dawn Schiller to speak. 

Schiller will speak at Gold Beach High School on Monday, Oct. 1. She will speak at Brookings-Harbor High School on Tuesday, Oct. 2. 

A third presentation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Krieger Community Room at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus, 96082 Lone Ranch Parkway, Brookings. This free presentation is open to the public.

Schiller was a victim of human trafficking. Her book “The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes” is a memoir of how she became involved with porn star John Holms when she was 15. Holmes abused her physically and emotionally and manipulated her with drugs and alcohol. Schiller eventually broke free and turned Holmes over to the police. 



Cherish the Chetco


Children were provided paddle-boards and snorkles to explore the river. Lorna Rodriguez/The Pilot
Energetic kayakers, focused stand-up paddle boarders, artists painting river scenery and people simply enjoying the the sunshine and peaceful river participated in the Cherish the Chetco River Fair Saturday, an afternoon river fair at Redwood Bar that promoted understanding and stewardship of local rivers such as the Chetco. 

“I think the event was a great success,” event coordinator Ann Vileisis said. “I think we had a good turnout. I think everyone had a really good time.”



Old Time Fiddlers jam at the Grange Saturday

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association will have a concert followed by an acoustic jam at the Chetco Grange Community Center Saturday, Sept. 29. The Pilot/Submitted photo

Chetco Grange 765 will host a free program featuring the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association (OOTFA) from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event, which will feature a concert and acoustic jam, will be at the Chetco Grange Community Center, 97895 Shopping Center Ave., Harbor.  

The OOTFA District 5, which covers the area from Florence to Harbor, has been featured at the Chetco Grange for the past several years and the venue has been so successful that fiddlers from throughout the state now join the district here, event organizers said. 



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