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Game Theory 101: School revives the art of playground games

Students play game of red light, green light. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Students at Kalmiopsis Elementary School are learning something new this year — playground games.

Over the last few decades, as giant play structures were built in parks and on school playgrounds, children lost the art of the simple playground game. 

So when the massive play structure known as the “big toy” was removed from the Kalmiopsis playground last summer, students had to learn a new way to play. A generation that had relied mostly on chase games and play structures was given balls and jump ropes.


Youth learn leadership roles at summit

Student leaders listen at the SOCYL Youth Summit. Photo by Karlie Wright
PORT ORFORD — Approximately 300 high school students from throughout Curry County became “SOCYL’s Most Wanted” for a day at Pacific High School.

The fourth-annual Youth Summit focused on the role of law enforcement and its relationship with the youth in the community.

The event was hosted by the Curry County Commission on Children and Families, Curry County Drug Free Communities Coalition, and Southern Oregon Coast Youth Leaders (SOCYL). It took place Oct. 27. This is the second time the event was held at Pacific High School in Port Orford.


Red Ribbon Week

Beverly Lyell, Emblem Club 265 drug awareness chairwoman, holds proclamation while flanked by Brookings-Harbor High School students Jessica Yock, Freshman Class president, left, and Hannah Goergen, Freshman Class secretary. Submitted photo
Azalea Middle and Kalmiopsis Elementary school students recently recognized  the 25th Annual Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is an annual event to honor Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered in 1985, and to inform children of the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

“Red Ribbon week is a time to remember those who have given everything in the fight against dangerous drugs,” DEA acting administrator Michele Leonhart said. “We wear the red ribbon in tribute to their courage, and to ensure that their sacrifice was not made in vain.”


Nightmares come to life on Fleet Street

He may be outside, but there is no escaping this clown with a chainsaw. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
A nightmare comes to life in downtown Brookings at the Chetco Pelican Players’ seventh annual haunted house.

The event takes place at the former Brookings Natural Foods Co-op location, 630 Fleet St. The cul-de-sac is accessed from either Fern Avenue or the city parking lot located across from Redwood Theater on Chetco Avenue.

This year’s venue — located in two buildings, one of which was built circa 1926 —   may be smaller than in previous years, but this only means the frightening vignettes are closer together with less room to escape the evilness that lurks around every corner.


Cider Sunday: Annual event brings history alive, raises $958


Lief Appanaitis squeeze cider out of the apple pulp.

Gallons of juice flowed from vintage apple presses during Cider Sunday at the Chetco Valley Historical Society museum.

People brought apples by the bushel to volunteers who ran them through the manually-operated machinery to make cider. 

Three apple presses were used simultaneously at the event. One was loaned by Keith, Elaine and Desi Smith, and another by Glenn Garvin. The third — an antique press from the mid-1800s which is normally on display in the museum — was donated by Archie and Doris McVay. 



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