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Liz Lindley, Azalea Festival queen

Azalea Festival Queen Liz Lindley walks down the runway after being crowned at Azalea Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
When it was announced that Brianne Dodgen had won first-runner-up in the Azalea Scholarship Pageant, the four remaining princesses – Liz Lindley, Ashley Juarez, Meredith Horel and Emilee Bottoms – held hands in anticipation of who would be queen of the 2011 Azalea Festival.

The tension finally broke as Master of Ceremonies Les Cohen announced that Lindley was the winner. Lindley immediately showed her joy as the other princesses applauded her.

Following the announcement, 2010 Queen Ashley Lueckfeld came over to her to place the crown on Lindley’s head and the red cape on her shoulders. With a bouquet of flowers, in her hand, Lindley made a trip down the runway to give her coronation curtsy in front of the standing-room-only crowd at Brookings Church of the Nazarene Saturday night.


One will be crowned

Competing for the crown tonight (May 7) will be princesses Meredith Horel, Ashley Juarez, Brianne Dodgen, Emilee Bottoms and Liz Lindley. The Pilot/Charles Kocher
Excitement is building for five princesses as the time draws near for tonight’s (April 7) crowning of the 2011 Azalea Festival Queen.

The pageant is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Brookings Church of the Nazarene, 1600 Chetco Ave.

The princesses – Brianne Dodgen, Liz Lindley, Ashley Juarez, Emilee Bottoms and Meredith Horel – have been preparing for the pageant for weeks, practicing singing, dancing, speaking, walking and curtsying.


Not a total bust!

Participants show their creations in front of CAP airplane. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Can an egg be dropped from a height of 30 feet and not break when it hits the pavement below?

Two weeks ago, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) issued an invitation to the community to see if it could be done.

People who accepted the challenge gathered at the Brookings Airport Saturday morning for the first Egg Drop Contest. They arrived with an assortment of ideas – a variety of homemade parachutes, different kinds of padding, ranging from foam rubber to bubble wrap, to help protect the eggs.


Firefighters Honored

Brookings Fire Department awards were given to, standing from left, Jose Contreras, Neil Watson, Katie Brisbin, Jeff Lee, Jan Miller, Derek Wood and, kneeling, Meagan Kohnert. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Brookings Volunteer Fire Department’s annual awards dinner featured applause and appreciation from firefighters who attended to recognize their brethren.

The event, held at Brookings-Harbor High School on April 23, was attended by more than 40 firefighters and their loved ones. Dinner was catered by Fabulous Food By Julie.

The department had a busy year in 2010, responding to 366 emergency calls, about 80 calls more than usual, Fire Chief Bill Sharp said. Of those, 25 were fire calls.  The combined damage caused by those fires caused only $15,000 in damage.


A legend comes to Gold Beach

Rockabilly music will come alive in Gold Beach
GOLD BEACH – Rockabilly music will come alive when music legend Jerry Naylor visits Gold Beach Books and Sheriff John’s Classic Cars and Happy Days Malt Shop Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

For those old enough to remember, rock ’n’ roll was originally called rockabilly, a genre made famous by Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other popular musicians of the 1950s.

When Holly died in a plane crash in February 1959, Texas singer and local radio disc jockey Naylor, barely out of his teens, did the unthinkable: He stepped up to the mic and into Holly’s shoes as the new lead singer of The Crickets.


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