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Steele named president of Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce

The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce announces the appointment of Arlis A. Steele as its president and CEO. She replaces Les Cohen, who retired from the chamber in June after 20 years in the position.

Stadelman Electric celebrates 20 years in business

Ellen Stadelman joins her father, Tim, in the family business, which has been serving Curry County for 20 years. The Pilot/Don Iler
When Ellen Stadelman first started working for her father, she had a hard time keeping up with the work. 

As a 4-year-old, she had been told by her father, Tim Stadelman, to sort wire nuts on a table into piles of the same color, the reds with reds, the yellows with yellows.


Barclay fills big shoes at Brookings Fred Meyer

Steve Barclay took over as director of the local Fred Meyer after his predecessor Matt Galli left for a Portland assignment with the company. The Pilot/Don Iler
When Steve Barclay applied for the job of Brookings Fred Meyer store director, he was almost positive he wouldn’t get it. 

“There were two store director positions open, one in Coos Bay and one in Brookings. I was 99-percent sure I was going to get sent to Coos Bay, even though I 100-percent wanted to go to Brookings,” Barclay said.


Cohen receives lifetime achievement award

Retiring Brookings Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Les Cohen and his wife, Liz, receive a ‘lifetime achievement award’ during a recent chamber mixer. The Pilot/Charles Kocher
Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Les Cohen was recently honored with a “lifetime achievement award” from the America’s Wild Rivers Coast Marketing Consortium.

Cohen retired from the job June 28 after more than 20 years as the chamber’s administrator.


Krebs open Black Trumpet Bistro in Brookings

Rob and Kyli Krebs opened the restaurant in May. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Smaller dishes, fresher ingredients and better food.

That is what Black Trumpet Bistro owners Rob and Kylie Krebs hope sets apart their eatery from other restaurants in Brookings and keeps clients coming back.


Couple launch medical transportation service

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.


Chamber honors volunteer, business of the year

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.


Port opens Bell and Whistle coffee house

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.


Facility eases clients’ mental needs

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.


Cohen retiring from Brookings chamber

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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