The Curry Coastal Pilot

Still waiting for dialysis services


Lloyd Costa mildly states what all of the dialysis patients feel (Pilot, March 7).

I am waiting to move to our home in Brookings, but can't because there's no dialysis center. I'm having dialysis four times a week and either have to stay in California or find some other part of Oregon to move to that has a center. I have contacted Da Vita (kidney care provider) and was told they would look into it. I also emailed FMC (Fresenius Medical Care), but I never got an answer. I thought that was odd because I understood that they were the ones that were supposed to be going to build a center there.

What happened?

Bob Meunier

Pittsburg, Calif.

Pacific Crossroads Drop-in Center open


I love Brookings, and Brookings has a gem that people need to hear about.

It is Pacific Crossroads Drop-in Center (PXR) at 2 Ross Road, located behind Chetco Pharmacy. PXR is part of a growing trend across the country where peers self-operate drop-in centers which promote good mental health. Through healthy living, individuals are developing: hope; friendships; supportive relationships; empowerment; resource connections; confidence; and advocacy.

PXR also offers a variety of classes; outings and activities in a safe atmosphere. In 2001 my late son, Billy, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was in Florida that we first heard of drop-in centers andndash; and they are sometimes called clubhouses. When I found out Brookings had one, I was excited and wanted to get involved.

You know Ira, he waves at you as you travel down the road? Ira teaches laptop computer classes in this wonderful warm building on Saturday afternoons andndash; all are welcome. Thank you, Ira, and the other volunteers in our community who give of their time and financial support.

PXR has received its Oregon state non-profit recognition and is eagerly awaiting federal non-profit recognition. PXR is 100-percent volunteer run and in need of financial and community support. Donations are greatly needed and appreciated. Please help by spreading the word.

Come meet us at PXR; no appointment is necessary. Open from 10-2, Monday-Friday, 541-412-2712.

April Bertolini,

volunteer site manager, PXR


Feel empowered, make a difference


I would love to thank everyone that came out to my first Improvement Movement meeting. It was a good first run.

I learned a lot and also learned how I want to focus the attention of the movement. The mission of the movement is to help our community by helping individuals. Let me explain: I believe that if we can spread the message of hope, positive thoughts and peaceful action throughout our community then we will be able to change poverty into prosperity; drug use into being useful; doubt and despair into courage and hope!

I will be doing my second seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Chetco Community Public Library. This one will be geared to women; its main focus is finding your own inner potential , learning more about your strengths and how to use them, finding your own traps and pitfalls within our negative buzz words and thoughts. It's designed to help women feel empowered to make a difference in their life and in the lives of others.

It's more about how to build unity in our community by supporting other organizations, especially our schools, with more helping hands and combined effort.

I have many topics and ideas for future seminars and plan on presenting them to whomever, wherever, so come join the fun and go away feeling happy!

Tamra Murdock


Events, training for local caregivers


If you attended the Alzheimer's Association's class on March 14 at the Curry Medical Center, you know how informative it was. If you didn't, you missed a great chance to support our out-of-town presenters and a wonderful educational opportunity ... plus cookies!

Thank you to those who attended and assisted, along with the Curry Medical Center, Moira Fossum and the Ladies' Auxiliary, the Alzheimer's Association and the speaker, Marya Kain. We had standing room only, after seating 43 people.

On Monday, April 9 at 2 p.m., the Caregiver Support Group will meet as usual at Sea View. Our presenter will be Diane Leveton, an Insurance and Financial consultant who is not only an agent, but an insurance and financial consultant who works with caregivers and families to plan ahead rather than waiting until a crisis hits and the options are often less and the stress is much higher. She works with caregiver support groups to talk to the caregivers about planning for themselves, especially if they are caring for a spouse. Often, if they don't take care of themselves, get the relief that they need, they may end up with health issues of their own and about 30 percent of the time predeceasing the one they are caring for. She will talk about:

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Also coming up: On May 14 we will have a support group discussion on caregivers' issues, with some time spent on Respite Care questions and answers.

On June 11, Coastal Home Health and Hospice will give their presentation on Advanced Directives.

On July 9, there will be an Alzheimer's presentation by Adele (Ismert) Tiberius, back by popular demand.

For information, email: or call 541-251-0498

Marihelen Pitts-Campbell, facilitator

Caregiver Support Group

The system putting children in danger


What happened to the welfare of our children?

I've seen first-hand the destruction the legal system puts on our children; the lawyers, whether it be a challenge to get the better of the other party or they just think they are just doing their job.

This only pushes the parents further apart and hurts the children more than it would already. But these are the atrocious actions lawyers get away with and the courts accept it. Where is the justice and fairness in this legal system?

What happened to the welfare of our children?

Gary Oliphant


Do you like trash along the highway?


Do you like all the trash along both sides of highway 101 north all the way to the dump, especially after a weekend?

Is this what we want our beautiful Oregon coast to look like? We now have a beautiful entrance sign to our city at the north end, but it doesn't seem to fit well with the trash along the highway. Is this what we want people to think of our community?

Most counties in Oregon require by law that a trash- loaded vehicle going to the dump must be covered so the trash stays in the vehicle, not along the highway. Please let's keep our coast clean; cover your dump load.

If you care, voice your opinion here, and also write or call our county commissioners.

Gerald A. Karrie