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Blue, gold stars for military families

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Blue star service flag
Honoring those serving

In 1917, as tens of thousands of American soldiers, sailors and Marines headed to Europe to fight “The Great War,” mothers began a new tradition.

They sewed small square red, white and blue banners and hung them in their front windows to show that they had a child in the military.

Initially called “mother’s flags,” they were eventually renamed “service banners” and authorized for other family members – spouses, fathers, siblings or children of service members. 

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Salmon Run: It's a hole-in-one

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The signature hole at Salmon Run is a par three with a tee box that looks down from high above the green. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Golf, as it goes, is a gentleman’s game. Players are held to honesty only by their own sense of fair play. 

For the last 10 years, Salmon Run golf course has held golfers to a slightly higher standard –honesty– regarding personal ability.

A high-risk/high-reward golf course stretching 6,200 yards over 18 holes, Salmon Run challenges all golfers  in some of the most beautiful land found in Oregon.

“It makes you an honest golfer,” said course co-owner Lorraine Berkowitz. “It tempts you to make a shot and then punishes you if you think you’re better than you are.”

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Honoring firefighters

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Receiving awards at Brookings firefighter banquet are Derek Wood, left, Katie Brisbin, Justin Burkhalter, Jan Miller, Billy Casteel and Tom Kerr. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
In 2009 the Brookings Volunteer Fire Department responded to 283 calls.

Durning those calls, several firefighters distinguished themselves, Fire Chief Bill Sharp said at the annual awards dinner.

First among those was firefighter Derek Wood, who responded to 187 of those calls, averaging a call every other day.

Wood was named Firefighter of the Year for his dedication to the department.

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Wine, art, music!

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Gerald Airth watches Katie Liane during her first attempt at spinning alpaca yarn during weekend festival. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
GOLD BEACH – People who were at the Event Center on the Beach this weekend and who enjoy tasting wine, beer and brandy, eating food, listening to music and viewing arts and crafts were no doubt having a good time.

Countless people attended the 23rd annual America’s Wild Rivers Coast Wine, Art and Music Festival, which took place on both floors of Docia Sweet Hall, the Showcase Building and the grounds in between. Attendance was not available at press time on Tuesday.

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Eli Bruce is Mr. BHHS

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Azalea Festival Queen Ashley Lueckfeld crowns Eli Bruce after he was chosen Mr. BHHS at Wednesday night’s pageant. The Pilot Bill Schlichting
Laughter filled the Redwood Theater Wednesday night when five Brookings-Harbor High School students vied for the title of Mr. BHHS.

The 14th annual event, “Under the Sea,” spoofs the Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant and raises funds for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. This year’s event raised $1,323.15, according to Kristy Kleespies, BHHS Doernbecher committee advisor.

Contestants – Diondre Runyon, Gage Northrup, Eli Bruce, Jon Fowler and Adam Gardner (also known as Autumn Gardner whenever her beard fell off) – performed an opening dance, modeled underwater wear, presented their talent, posed in evening wear and were asked a question.

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