The Curry Coastal Pilot

Ray's Food Place to the rescue


What does the Chetco Activity Center do when a critical piece of our equipment, say the compressor on a walk-in cooler, fails?

Serving more than 150 meals every day, it is difficult to overstate the importance of adequate refrigeration and properly functioning equipment to the Activity Center.

Recently, we faced just such a difficult situation. A call was placed to another community-minded business, Ray's Food Place, seeking their help. This outstanding neighboring business responded and helped us out of a tough situation by storing our perishables until a repair could be made to our walk-in cooler.

During all economic situations, but especially now, when many of our fellow businesses and non-profit organizations are struggling to endure numerous financial challenges, it is imperative that we assist and collaborate with one another as much as possible. The Brookings-Harbor area is blessed to have a civic supporter like Ray's and CandK Market in our midst.

Thank you, Ray's for helping us out of a tough situation, for being such a great contributor to our local community and for providing an optimum example of cooperation. At the Chetco Activity Center, we are grateful for all your help.

Janice M. Scanlon, community relations director

Chetco Activity Center

Nominate trio for volunteer honors


As we start the New Year and reflect back on 2011, I would like to nominate the efforts of three people for the title of "Volunteers of the Year."

Russ Montgomery, Nancy Erb, and Trace Kather worked together in 2011 as care providers in the St. Timothy's Outreach Clinic to provide over 250 hours of treatment, free of charge, to people in our community.

These three people care deeply for the well being of uninsured Brookings-Harbor residents who currently find themselves short of financial resources. It is the efforts of people like Russ, Nancy, and Trace that make our community such a great place to live.

Rev. Bernie Lindley, vicar, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

Care for caregivers meeting scheduled


Care for the Caregiver is the discussion topic for the next Caregiver Support Group which meets on the second floor activity loft at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Sea View's Senior Living Community. At this support group, the individual needs of each caregiver present will be addressed, along with a personal evaluation of our caregiving, using forms from

Our following meeting on Feb. 13 is a special all-day event presenting information on Having a Healthy, Happy Heart. Beginning in mid-morning, Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RD, from OSU, will make her presentation on how we can have healthier hearts. Because of the materials needed for the presentations and the lunches, pre-registration is required. Space is limited, so make your reservation now by e-mailing your request to marihelenpc@ or call 541-251-0498.

For both of these meetings (and for all Mondays in between) caregivers are encouraged to contact The "Time-Out" Adult Respite Day Care Program at the Chetco Activity Center, 541- 469-6822. This weekly program on Mondays is offered at no cost to eligible participants, giving the caregiver and the care receiver a change from the day-to-day regular schedule, as well as a break from each other. The program provides a safe, fun place for their loved ones to spend the day.

Anyone who is caring for a friend, neighbor or family member locally or far away is welcome to attend the Caregiver Support Group gathering at Sea View Senior Living Community on the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. for free support and information. Studies have shown that access to social support, respite and information can result in greatly improved outcomes for both caregivers and their care receivers.

Marihelen Pitts-Campbell

Founder/facilitator of

the Caregiver Support Group, Brookings

Thanks for bright holiday season


The volunteers who helped decorate Azalea Park for this year's Nature's Coastal Holiday Light Show are to be congratulated for the good job they did.

It may not be as big as Shore Acres, but it gets better avery year.

Also to be congratulated are the Garden Club volunteers who did the light display at the botanical garden. Many people passing through our community do not have time to stop and visit Azalea Park, but the botanical garden light display welcomes them to our area.

It was very well done.

Many thanks to all who worked to brighten our lives this holiday season!

Patti Graves


Grow hemp tofund Curry County


An option to Curry County's financial problems: Grow industrial hemp.

I'd like to take credit for the idea, but I heard it from Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson on the TV news.

Industrial hemp, with its 50,000 uses and benefits, is a commodity crop that is planted like corn or wheat. It has extremely low levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol andndash; the active drug in marijuana). It is grown in over 30 industrialized countries including Canada, China, the European Union, India, Romania, Uruguay, and Australia, however it is considered a controlled substance by the DEA because of its relationship to marijuana.

The THC content (the active drug in marijuana) of industrial hemp is roughly less than 1 percent and typically 0.1 percent for industrial grade hemp grown in Canada and China from where we import the majority of hemp products. Food products made with hemp have 10ppm (parts per million) or 0.001 percent. Marijuana plants typically have 15 to 30 percent THC.

The joke goes you would have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole to get high from industrial hemp. Not easy to hide in your pocket

Somewhat ironically, today the United States is the largest importer of hemp products in the world. In 2009 the U.S. imported roughly $350 million dollars worth of hemp products and in 2010 that number approached $430 million and continues to rise.

Whether the county would grow the product and be a wholesaler of it, or if it just tax commercial growers, is a question for the powers that be.

Before you poo-poo this idea as foolish, Google it, or go to Plus find another reason to vote for Ron Paul.

Kaywood Rodgers


A wish come true with Van Meter


To wish for something is one thing; to be granted that wish is another thing.

As lucky would have it, I have been granted my wish; namely, that Frank Van Meter would file for a seat on the Curry County Commission.

Last year, perhaps two years ago, Frank presented some ideas for solving the county's fiscal problems but, seemingly, his ideas were ignored. Now, with his filing, the voters will have an opportunity to hear his views.

Also, to my amazement, Frank won't be accepting any campaign donations. In today's political arena, this is a rarity. Seems as though we have a candidate who isn't running for personal gratification.

Go Frank! The voters will have a rare opportunity to elect a man who has been an advocate for Curry County veterans for many years and has worked on their behalf.

Barbara Wieneke


Return educationto private sector?


Exactly what has public education been trying to accomplish? Before the 1830s and Horace Mann, no schools in the U.S. were state supported or state controlled. They were local, parent-teacher enterprises, supported without taxes, and taking care of all children. They were remarkably high in achievement and morally Christian.

However, from Horace Mann and John Dewey, to the present, the state has used mandatory "public education" to socialize the child. The school's basic purpose, according to its own philosophers, is not education in the traditional sense of the 3 Rs. Instead, the state's purpose is to promote "democracy" and "equality," not in their legal or civic sense, but in terms of the engineering of a socialized citizenry. Public education became the means of creating an evolutionary social order of the elite educators' design. Such men saw themselves and the school in messianic terms to promote their utopian vision of a socialistic state.

As Curry County's budget problems implode in 2012 would a return of education to the private sector be too simple a solution?

James Atherton

Gold Beach

Dangerous situation at campus entrance


There is a hazardous driving situation I think should be brought to the attention of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Curry County Commissioners, the board of directors of the community college, and the general driving public.

The entrance and exit to the new community college onto Highway 101, north of Brookings, is an accident waiting to happen. This area of Highway 101 is prone to heavy fog, snow, rain, high winds and other climate conditions that can effect the surface of the roadway. Highway speeds will also produce a hazardous situation by the hill located on 101 to the north of the school's entrance. There exist no warning signage prior to the school entrance or exit when approaching on Highway 101 from either north or south, highway turning lanes, flashing lights, stop lights, or other safety devices to warn the motoring public that students are present.

I hope that an auto accident or fatality does not have to take place before some type of safety actions are taken by the "powers that be."

Gary Hartung


Giving Tree program a huge success


I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who participated this year in our Brookings and Gold Beach City Hall Giving Tree Program. It was huge success!

We had the privilege of handing out approximately 400 presents, along with 39 food boxes to deserving families.

To see the surprise and smiles on the children's faces, defined the Christmas spirit of giving.

Thank you again for all your kindness toward making this a true Merry Christmas.

Happy New Year!

Janae Crosson

Oasis Shelter Home

Gold Beach