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Couple launch medical transportation service
June 11, 2013 08:22 pm

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Lisa and Jimmy Dofflemyer are offering transportation services for Curry county residents with medical or mental disabilities. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
An elderly woman who’d suffered a stroke, has hearing impairments and is legally blind needed a ride to Medford to visit her physician last week.

Calling an ambulance was out of the question, as she didn’t need emergent care. A taxi could have picked her up and dropped her off — for about $500 round-trip — but likely wouldn’t provide the extra care she needs while en route.

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Chamber honors volunteer, business of the year
May 31, 2013 10:28 pm

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Andrew Myer of Palm Cleaning gets his Business of the Year Award from outgoing chamber president Les Cohen. Submitted photo
The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce recently selected Palm Cleaning to receive its 2013 “Business of the Year” award, and Debby Phillips as its 2013 “Volunteer of the Year.”

Each year the chamber asks its membership for nominations for the two awards. Nominations are reviewed by the Chamber’s Board of Directors and award recipients are selected by a majority vote.

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Port opens Bell and Whistle coffee house
April 03, 2013 01:27 am

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Customers gather at the port owned and operated Bell and Whistle at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk. Submitted photo
The Salty Dog is no longer — and the Port of Brookings Harbor is now in the coffee business.

According to Port Manager Ted Fitzgerald, the port recently took over operations at the popular gathering place, located in the retail core of the port off Lower Harbor Road, and plans to establish it as “a profitable enterprise.” He declined to say why the Salty Dog owners have left.

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Facility eases clients’ mental needs
March 29, 2013 09:40 pm

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Visitors tour ColumbiaCare’s 5-bedroom facility called “Bell Cove” during an open house. The Pilot/Jane Stebbins
ColumbiaCare hosted a housewarming party Monday afternoon, inviting all its neighbors to check out its new digs on Cove Road in Brookings Monday.

The five-bedroom house blends in with its neighbors on the block, and starting next month will be home to five residents — three men and two women — from the Oregon State Hospital who will work to improve their social skills, become independent and integrate themselves into the community.

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Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber
March 22, 2013 08:26 pm

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Les Cohen
After 20 years as president and CEO of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Les Cohen this week announced he will retire on June 28.

“It’s been a fantastic 20 years, but it’s time to move on, and it’s time for the chamber to move ahead with new leadership,” Cohen said Friday.

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Roots beneath the Golden Arches
February 20, 2013 10:15 am

You might say Tim and Theresa Williamson fell in love beneath the Golden Arches.

They were 19 and both working at neighboring McDonald’s restaurants. A crew meeting brought them together.

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Fresh start for longtime dry cleaning shop
February 01, 2013 08:55 pm

Shirts and pants pressed, wedding gown cleaned, clothing altered, draperies cleaned; check, check, check and check.

The ability of residents of Brookings and the surrounding areas to check these things off their to-do lists will remain intact as the only dry cleaning business within 30 miles of Brookings will remain open under new ownership.

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Brookings nail technician makes house calls
January 25, 2013 09:25 pm
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Michelle Connolly gives a pedicure in a home. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
Door to Door Nails is just as it sounds — a door-to-door nail service in which owner Michelle Connolly travels to people’s homes with all of her gear to serve their nail needs.

Connolly offers manicures, pedicures, gel nails, basic reflexology and massage. She started the business in Brookings in October after being a nail tech in Washington state for more than 20 years. 

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Grocery stores dump plastic
January 11, 2013 08:59 pm

 

Beginning Monday, plastic bags will no longer be offered to customers at ShopSmart in Harbor and Ray’s Food Place in Brookings.

C&K Market, Inc., which owns the stores, as well those in Smith River and Crescent City, said in a press release that it was making the change as part of a “renewed commitment to be a leader ... when it come sto responsible, sustainable practices regarding plastic waste.”

Customers will now have two options: free paper bags or 99-cent reusable bags, both made from recyclable material.

 

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Possible microbrewery on tap for downtown Brookings
November 09, 2012 08:54 pm

 

The Brookings City Council, acting as the Urban Renewal Agency, will discuss a conditional use permit that could bring a microbrewery to town.

The Urban Renewal Agency meeting will follow the regular city council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Government offices are closed for Veterans Day Monday.

Dave Faires and Nathan Heath of central California propose to open a microbrewery at 625 Chetco Ave., in the basement of 625 Wine and Tap Room, that replaced MoVino’s this summer. Tight Line Brewery hopes to start small and expand over a period of years.

 

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