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Volunteers deliver: Meals on Wheels provides vital service to area seniors

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Volunteer Jean Williams delivers a meal to Fred Yates.

For 18 years now, the Meals on Wheels Association of America has, through the Chetco Activity Center, served nutritious meals to Brookings-Harbor residents that are no longer able to cook for themselves.

Currently, the organization serves more than 50 meals a day, every Monday through Friday, to grateful residents who rely on the service as not just a source of food, but for friendship as well.

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Los Angeles pop trio performs in Azalea Park Sunday

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The Koles will be performing in concert Sunday at Azalea Park.

The Los Angeles- based acoustic pop trio The Koles will return to Brookings for an American Music Festival concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the Azalea Park amphitheater.

“Two things stand out about the Koles’ music. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices. …” That’s how Steve Brogden, president of Far West Folk Alliance describes The Koles, who are known for their original songs and covers, virtuoso guitar playing and stunning vocal arrangements. 

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Kites fly!

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At past Southern Oregon Kite Festivals, the bear kite has taken effort to get it aloft. This year, weight and strength were needed to keep if from flying away.

Southern Oregon Kite Festival organizers are ecstatic about the attendance for the 22nd annual event this past weekend.

“We thought the attendance was the best ever since the inaugural kite festival,” said Emily Grimes, kite festival planning committee member. “And, what an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd we had, including people from other cities in Oregon, California, and surrounding states such as Idaho.”

And one factor that contributed to the success of this year’s festival was the wind. The Curry Coastal Pilot’s weather station reported an average breeze of 2 mph, with gusts to 11 mph on Saturday and 17 mph on Sunday. 

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Hockemas serve as Curry County Fair grand marshals

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Earl and Bette Hockema are the grand marshals of the 2014 Curry County Fair, which opens Thursday, July 24.

“I think they picked us because we are finally, officially, old!” said Bette Hockema 82, about being chosen with her husband, Earl, 85, as this years Curry County Fair grand marshals. 

“I mean, that is the requirement isn’t it? Being ... old?” she chides. 

“Actually,” she said, “it is a really nice honor.” The couple will preside over the Curry County Fair to be held July 24-27, titled “Razzle-Dazzle — Sew it, Grow it, Show It” at the Event Center in downtown Gold Beach.

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Gardens of Gold Beach

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Chuck and Linda Stokes under a trellis with a sign that is their garden mantra.

Cloudy conditions on the coast last Saturday didn’t dampen plant enthusiasts who partook in the 2014 annual Garden Tour hosted by the Gold Beach Innominata Garden Club.

According to Garden Club spokesperson Barb Raynes, approximately 70 people made the rounds to six locations that encompassed an area from 2 1/2 miles south of Gold Beach, in town and 7 miles up Jerry’s Flat Road.

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