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Ashley Crowned Queen

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Lueckfeld to reign over 71st Azalea Festival
It was almost “winner take all” during the 2010 Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene.

It was Princess Ashley Lueckfeld who was selected by a panel of judges to reign over the 2010 Azalea Festival themed “Beauty and the Beach” scheduled for Memorial Day weekend May 28-31. She was crowned by 2009 Queen Kayla Hamm.

Although it was the judges who chose Lueckfeld as queen, she was chosen Miss Congeniality by her princess peers and received the award for the most tickets sold.

The panel of judges – consisting of Debra Wright, Becky Ross, Barbara Lopez and Bill McMillan – did, however, choose Princess Kelly Aldrich to serve as first runner-up. Winning the talent competition was Princess Shalynn Doan.

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Celebration of Praise

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A team leads women in worship during conference.
A Celebration of Praise brought 217 women from 37 churches, representing 14 denominations from McKinleyville, Calif., to Coos Bay, to worship together at the Brookings Church of the Nazarene on Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17.

This Celebration of Praise was the 10th anniversary of the Women’s South Coast Christian Conference, initiated by Brookings resident Sandy Dose in April 2001.

Dose said that she was led to found the women’s conference to make it available to all on the South Coast and Northern California rather than having to travel hundreds of miles to attend an inspirational conference.

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Brookings children observe Earth Day

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Azalea Middle School students plant flowers and shrubs outside the school building. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Brookings schools celebrated Earth Day on Thursday with a variety of activities.

Preschool children from Creative Learning Preschool and Daycare  picked up litter at Stout Park.

Brookings-Harbor High School students hosted Kalmiopsis Elementary School students with a series of recycling-themed games, including soda bottle-bowling, fishing for trash, and a recycling relay.

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Stagelights brings variety to the stage

It was standing-room only even after more chairs were added at the Harbor Performing Arts Center on Sunday during the first Stagelights Community Variety Show.

It was estimated that about 100 people attended the concert which featured more than 23 local musicians performing for three hours during the event, a benefit for the Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

Band performing included the Stagelights House Band, RockAway, Sweet Town Little, Bridges, FreeFlight, Matt Harrison and Mason McKinney, and Michael George and Michele Later.

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Serving up a ‘Taste of Curry’

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Rebecca Streaker, owner of MoVino Wine Bar, serves food during the “Taste of Curry” event. The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin
The “Taste of Curry” shared by more than 100 participants at the storytelling session at the Redwood Theater or the culinary delights next door at MoVino Wine Bar,  or both, was extremely well received.

An e-mail from Janet Pretti, dean of the Curry County campus, noted that the unusual fundraising event “cleared almost $3,000, plus some promised additional pledges‚ to be added to the building fund for the new campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College on property near Lone Ranch Beach.

History came alive in the Redwood Theater as storytellers shared three different views of the “good old days” or “bad old days” of Curry County.

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