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Memorial ceremony a moving moment


Bea and Robert Maxwell were welcomed by VFW Commander Jim Thebaut at Moving Wall ceremony.
It has been a massive undertaking, requiring hundreds of volunteer hours and more than $4,500 in donated funds, but all those who attended the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Opening Ceremony Thurs., June 24, at the Port of Brookings Harbor, indicated grateful appreciation for the moving experience.

It all began last November with a suggestion from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 966 Commander Jim Thebaut and, like Topsy, it just grew, to include Brookings Lions Club, Elks Lodge 1934, Brookings Emblem Club 265, Daughters of the American Revolution Cape Sebastian chapter, and Christian Family Fellowship Church Choir, plus additional organizations and more than 100 individual volunteers.


Gone fishing

GOLD BEACH – Fifty-five young anglers gathered Saturday to participate in the annual Libby Pond Fishing Derby.  

The event was sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and hosted by the Curry Anadromous Fisherman (CAF) at Libby Pond, located eight miles up the north bank of the Rogue River.

This was the 22nd year of the Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. The ODFW started the program in 1988, to give new anglers the opportunity to try the sport without buying a license and to encourage experienced anglers to teach a youngster to fish,” ODFW representatives said.


Tango Porteño: bringing a new style of dance to the region

Skylar Windham with Patricia Mateos, at Milonga Las Chirusas, in Rosario, Argentina.
Argentinian dancing has come to Brookings and dance enthusiasts are welcome to take weekly lessons at the Chetco Grange Community Center.

Tango Porteño is the newly found partnership between Skylar Windham, a young tango enthusiast, and Barbara Anne Bauer, a seasoned tanguera. The two strive to build an Argentine tango community on the Southern Oregon Coast.

“I started giving tango lessons in May this year, on the stone pavement in front of the Capella by the Sea in Azalea Park, and the response was overwhelming,” Windham said. 

By the end of May, he met Bauer, another tango addict with a desire to bring the dance to the people. The result of their meeting has been their teaching regular classes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday.


Rita Dotson will lead 2010 Relay for Life

Rita Dotson – who has received much support from her husband, Sam – will be the 2010 Relay for Life grand marshal. THe Pilot/Marge Woodfin
Rita Dotson, 2010 Relay for Life Grand Marshall has an unbeatable supporter, her husband, Sam Dotson. Sam has challenged all comers to catch him as he walks the track July 9 and 10 with a goal of walking one mile for every year of his wife’s 33 years cancer survival.

Grateful for his wife’s survival, Sam wants to help fulfill the 2010 Relay for Life goal to “Close the Book on Cancer.” Money raised by the Relay over the years, beginning in 1985, continues to fund research and make advances in life-saving treatment for cancer victims.

Rita’s message to all cancer victims is, “Never give up. Win the battle.” She admits that she was scared when her cancer was first diagnosed, and she dreaded the wait for test results during the first five years when she was tested every three months.


Class of 2010 graduates

Brookings-Harbor High School graduates celebrate at the end of the ceremony. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Brookings-Harbor High School

 By Bill Schlichting 

Before the roll call to receive their diploma folders, members of the Brookings-Harbor High School graduating class of 2010 were reminded that the level of success is measured by “how far you bounce after you hit bottom.”

These were the words of Gen. George S. Patton quoted by Stan Baron, chief executive officer of Chetco Federal Credit Union at the end of his keynote speech Saturday at Elmer Bankus Stadium.

Others who spoke to the 98 graduates and countless families and friend in the audience  during the afternoon included Art Dingle, who was chosen Teacher of the Year, faculty speakers Diane Kinney and Kristy Kleespies and student Monica Mitchell, who gave the salutatorian address.


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