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A week at camp

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Boy Scout Troop 32 poses for a picture at Camp Meriwether near Tillamook.
Members of Brookings Boy Scout Troop 32 earned merit badges and patches during a recent week-long summer camp at Camp Meriwether just north of Tillamook.

In addition to doing projects to earn badges and patches, the Scouts also took part in campfire activities, waterfront programs and beach parties.

Those earning badges included Morgan Loring, who had to observe nature and write reports in order to earn his merit badge in environmental science. He also enjoyed Chamberlain Lake and the snorkeling class. Diving down into the lake and visiting a sunken sailboat was part of the adventure, Loring said.

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Life in Cleo's garden

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Cleo and Anne Aragon sit on a bench in their Brookings yard. The Pilot/Arwyn Rice
Twenty years ago Cleo and Anne Aragon purchased two blackberry infested acres on Hassett Street in Brookings.

Twenty years later, using donated plants, a shovel, a wheelbarrow and his own two hands, he has created a wonderland. Walking through Cleo’s garden is like entering a fantasy forest. 

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Bringing thousands to the port

Read more...After 17 years, the annual Festival of the Arts at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk continues to be one of the more popular events in the area.

Officials estimate more than 9,000 people visited the more than 100 booths during the two-day festival.

The three-time award-winning festival featured everything imaginable that can be handcrafted out of wood, glass, yarn, ceramics and stones, not to mention painted on a canvas or any other surface of the artists’ choosing.

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Del Norte County Fair

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A girl appears to fear for her life when the Super Shot makes its rapid descent. The Super Shot is one of many rides at the fair. Wescom/Bryant Anderson
CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – The 130th annual Del Norte County Fair has been the talk of the town on the streets of Brookings and on Internet social sites.

The fair, which opened Thursday and has been drawing crowd each day, continues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today (Aug. 7) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Highway 101 at Cooper Avenue.

The theme for this year’s fair is “It’s a Party on the Beach.” The event will features rides by Paul Maurer Shows, which also furnished rides at last weekends Curry County Fair, as well as exhibits, food booths and entertainment. 

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State fair bound

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Jessica Goergen performs “Let ’Er Rip” by the Dixie Chicks. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
GOLD BEACH – Following last year’s showdown, when Jessica Goergen accepted a second-place finish, this year she won the first-place trophy during the Curry County Fair talent contest.

Last year’s competition was so close, the judges requested the top two competitors return to the stage to perform their songs a second time. Goergen was narrowly defeated for the top spot.

However, this year, Goergen, 20, will represent Curry County in the adult division at the Oregon State Fair in Salem on Labor Day weekend.

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