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The school is alive with the sound of music

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Eileen Goodwin, foreground, plays in the tenor saxophone section of jazz band. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
The Brookings-Harbor High School bands and choirs rocked for 90 minutes Tuesday evening, showcasing their work and providing a preview of their selections for upcoming choir festivals.

Each of the five groups  performed four pieces, from classics from Tchaikovsky and Irving Berlin to 1970s rock hits.

More than 100 concertgoers at the school auditorium were treated to a taste of the Sea Breeze’s new style, featuring a saxophone solo and accompaniment by Sea Breeze member Liz Lindley.

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Living on the water

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Dozer, a "boat dog" at the port peeks over cabin roof from his area at the stern of boat. The Pilot/Arwyn RIce
When Eric RuBright looks out his front door there is no lawn, no trees – except in the distance – and no street or driveway.

“The Pacific Ocean is my yard,” RuBright said.

RuBright is one of a small group of people currently living on boats at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Since the port decided to allow “liveaboards” a few years ago, dozens of people have stepped forward to take advantage of the offer.

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Collinet, Schroeder honored for trail work

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Al Collinet, leader of Muscle Busters hiking group, accepts award from Al LePage, National Coast Trail Association director.
Two Curry County residents received awards for the National Coast Trail Association during Oregon Coast Trail presentations in Brookings and Gold Beach.

Al LePage, director of the trail association, presented Al Collinet, coordinator of Muscle Busters hiking group, the Trail Development Award Wednesday at the Chetco Community Public Library.

Then on Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse Annex, LePage presented Walt Schroeder with the Ernie Drapela Award, the association’s newest and highest special award for outstanding achievement in developing missing links in the Oregon Coast Trail.

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Volunteers net 3,660 pounds of trash on South Coast beaches

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Azalea Middle School students Mikaela Lea, 13, Michaela George, 13, and Mariah Seavello, 13, with some of the trash they collected Saturday.
Curry County beaches are a lot cleaner this week, thanks to the efforts of more than 100 volunteers at the SOLV Spring Beach Cleanup on Saturday.

Volunteers collected 3,660 pounds of trash, including tires, plastic chairs and scrap metal.

In the Brookings area, 97 volunteers gathered 2,605 pounds of trash, while in Gold Beach 1,055 pounds of beach litter was turned in.

One of the strangest items found on the beach was a spaghetti server, duct-taped to a piece of driftwood.

Brookings-Harbor High School leadership students Brandi Rodgers, 14, and Carmen Hooper, 15, found the odd item.

“We think it’s a home made back scratcher,” Rodgers said.

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Emblem Club presents donations, awards

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Representatives of Brookings-Harbor charities gather after receiving donations from Emblem Club 265.
Ceremonies, awards and monetary contributions filled the public portion of the monthly meeting of the  Brookings Emblem Club 265.

Following a flag retirement ceremony, club members presented donations to service organizations in the community.

At the March 9 meeting at the Brookings Elks Lodge, checks were presented to Brookings Elks Lodge Food Baskets Program, Oasis Shelter Home, Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Inc. Food Share, South Coast Humane Society, Soroptimists International, Guardians from Above, Outreach Gospel Mission, His Haven of Hope and the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall committee.

The Emblem Club also contributed money to its own projects, such as Americanism, which includes the Military Mail program; scholarships; drug awareness programs; and Pot of Gold, which provides prostheses for cancer victims, said Terry Clawson, club president.

The final presentations of the evening were  prizes for the students who won the Americanism Essay Contest.

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