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Northcoast Marine Mammal Center's vision

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Construction will continue at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center for the next few months.
The sounds of construction will be audible for the next few months at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center while workers give the facility a face-lift.

And if center officials get their wish, a much bigger construction project could be in the works.

Dr. Dennis Wood, center founder and veterinarian, said the current construction work will bring animal enclosures up to code, helping the center better house ocean creatures.

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This guy is a Big Loser!

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Brookings Church of the Nazarene Pastor Rick Green holds 51 pounds of potatoes to show the amount of weight he lost in six months. The Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Members of Brookings Nazarene Church have been bragging about the 51 pounds shed by their pastor, Rick Green, in an effort to raise money to build a community center.

“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Green told the Pilot.

He said it wasn’t losing the weight that was crazy, but the fact that he announced it in a sermon last July. He said it was definitely a strange sermon topic, especially from a man who’d never shown an interest in diet or exercise.

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Good Deeds

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Ray Kornell, left, Al Capilla and Marilyn Kornell visit at Capilla’s home. The Pilot/Evelyn Cook
Marilyn Kornell, wife of Ray “Piano Man” Kornell, is a “little Mother Teresa,” according to her neighbor of 12 years, “Uncle” Al Capilla, 77.

“She’s always helping people, never stops,” Capilla said, “even though she’s only about 80 pounds, soaking wet – and 83 years old.”

He said she frequently drops by to help him around the house, and phones daily to check on him, since he lives alone and has health problems.

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Packys: The best of 2010

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Mike Moran encourages people to get involved in theater after winning Packy for Best Overall Production for “Thar She Blows,” a melodrama which he wrote and directed. Looking on are hostesses Roxy Gothard and Ariel Farris.
The Chetco Pelican Players gathered Saturday night in the Chetco Playhouse to give accolades to the best actors, actresses and shows of the theater company’s 2010 season.

In addition to the award, known as a Packy, other awards were presented, film clips were shown and musical numbers provided entertainment. Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without food.

The 2010 season was unusual in that three of the five productions were original. These shows included “Thar She Blows,” a melodrama written by Chetco Pelican Players’ board President Mike Moran; “The Corner Pocket,” by Academy Award-winning movie maker and Brookings resident Elmo Williams; and “Living in Christmas, Living for Love,” a Christmas revue. Other productions were “Opal is a Diamond” and “Bell Book and Candle.” Film clips were shown for the five plays as well as the annual haunted house.

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50 Years Later

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Barbara Edmiston at 16 in 1960.
When Barbara Edmiston was installed as president of the Chetco Grange 765 on Dec. 15, she was also honored for having celebrated her 16th birthday in the same building 50 years prior to that day.

Past President Kathleen Dickson passed the gavel to Edmiston during the ceremony. Other officers were installed for a two-year term.

Grange members work to keep the hall open and functioning for community use. The goal is to put a new roof on the building and upgrade the kitchen.

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