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Best chowder on the Coast

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Mike Ramsay shows trophy he won at cook-off in Florence.
It’s official, the best chowder on the Oregon Coast is served at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Mike Ramsay, owner and chef at Sporthaven Marina, brought home the gold last Saturday from the annual Chowder Cook-off in Florence.

The competition, at the Florence Annual Chowder Brews and Blues Fall Festival was open only to professional chefs, and included professionals from Astoria to Brookings.

The published advertisement, “Line up early to taste the best Chowder on the West Coast!” would indicate that the winner, Ramsay, the Brookings entrant, is the chef who produces “the best chowder on the West Coast.”

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A half century of ministry in Harbor

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Lighthouse Assembly of God
Lighthouse Assembly of God recently reached a milestone of ministering to people in the Harbor area – the church celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Members of the congregation gathered to celebrate with a turkey and ham dinner in the church’s gymnasium followed Sunday morning with special services last month. Five of the seven pastors who have shepherded the Lighthouse flock attended.  Founding pastor Gordon Hadley, who is 101, was not able to make the trip to Harbor for the celebration.

If the Hadley name sounds familiar to people familiar with the congregation, this is because Gordon Hadley is the uncle of Richard Hadley, who has served as pastor of the church longer than any other – half of the church’s 50-year history.

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Six from Brookings swim away from Alcatraz Island

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Six swimmers from Brookings – Dr. Mark Silver, left, Ron Griswold, Zyan Silver, Sue Calnek, Dan Brattain and John Herzog – completed swim from Alcatraz Island to the mainland in San Francisco. Photo by Lorna Silver
There I was in the cold waters of the San Francisco Bay.

I had just jumped off the Red and White Ferry which had brought us to Alcatraz Island. Was I crazy? Again?

This was the 17th annual Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim Race. On Aug. 15, nearly 900 swimmers leaped off the ferry boats and were swimming first to an imaginary starting line behind a row of accompanying kayakers. I was able to inspire five other swimmers to take the plunge with me this year.

As the horn sounded marking the start of the race, my son Zyan swimming next to me said, “Dad, I’ll see you at the finish line,” and off he went. Before I had a chance to tell him how much I appreciated him being there with me, he was gone.

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Community benefits from fundraiser

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Peggy Goergen uses a dipnet to round up remaining ducks.

Once 10,000 rubber duckies were dumped into the Chetco River Sunday during the second annual Wild Rivers Ducky Derby at Loeb State Park, there was nothing to stop them from reaching their destination – the finish line.

Before the race, containment booms were placed in the river to keep the duckies from swimming into the still pools. But, in the event the race came to a standstill, Brookings Fire and Rescue had a truck on standby to spray the duckies  and get them moving again.

The fire department’s services weren’t needed. The duckies continued to swim downstream until they all gathered at a diving rock. From there, one by one, the duckies headed for the finish line.

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Eggs benefit

There’s something very cont-egg-ious about a bit of good whimsy.

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Eggs benefit
To spin off the fun of the upcoming Wild Rivers Ducky Derby, where the puns fly fast and furious, the Curry Coastal Pilot asked artists to add their sauce to a special Eggs Benefit by duckerating real duck eggs.

They have laid some real beauties – both visually and verbally.

Nola Range calls her eggcentric arrangements Eggs FloralScene. The very preggnant doll from Lorelei Hanna is named Eggspecting. Jo Mochulski dropped her first egg, but painted the pieces into Eggsplosion. Painted as an out-of-shape globe, Bonnie Loewen mounted her egg over a miniature Whirled Atlas.

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