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By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 1, 2017 4:31PM

Some of the work done in the region involves a certain degree of danger, including jobs performed on the Astoria Bridge spanning the Columbia River.

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Some of the work done in the region involves a certain degree of danger, including jobs performed on the Astoria Bridge spanning the Columbia River.

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Sofia Ward lends a hand in the dish room at the Seaside Brewing Co. The service industry is a vital component of many local economies, especially in summer months when tourists visit the area.

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Sofia Ward lends a hand in the dish room at the Seaside Brewing Co. The service industry is a vital component of many local economies, especially in summer months when tourists visit the area.

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Work on the Astoria Bridge that began in 2009 continues below and above the roadway, as crews control traffic while repairs are made to the structure.

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Work on the Astoria Bridge that began in 2009 continues below and above the roadway, as crews control traffic while repairs are made to the structure.

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Workers navigate scaffolding beneath the Astoria Bridge as repairs that began in 2009 continue to be made to the structure.

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Workers navigate scaffolding beneath the Astoria Bridge as repairs that began in 2009 continue to be made to the structure.

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Aviation Maintenance Technician Chief Greg Banducci of the U.S. Coast Guard peers out the window of a helicopter during a flight over the waters off Cannon Beach.

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Aviation Maintenance Technician Chief Greg Banducci of the U.S. Coast Guard peers out the window of a helicopter during a flight over the waters off Cannon Beach.

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Chris Erickson of Coaster Construction prepares to measure a sheet of plywood at one of the sites of new home construction in Cannon Beach.

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Chris Erickson of Coaster Construction prepares to measure a sheet of plywood at one of the sites of new home construction in Cannon Beach.

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Scott Thompson of Blackberry Bog Farm near Svensen gets ready to feed one of the operation’s cows. The farm, which caters primarily to farmers markets in the region, offers fresh cut flowers, vegetables, chickens, turkeys and ducks. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine since college,” he said.

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Scott Thompson of Blackberry Bog Farm near Svensen gets ready to feed one of the operation’s cows. The farm, which caters primarily to farmers markets in the region, offers fresh cut flowers, vegetables, chickens, turkeys and ducks. “This has been a lifelong dream of mine since college,” he said.

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Patrick Leary is part of a group of young people in Cannon Beach who bike 15 to 20 miles a day in the community providing information to visitors and monitoring parking. “I love helping people, and this is a job where I get to interact with people and help the community,” he said.

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Patrick Leary is part of a group of young people in Cannon Beach who bike 15 to 20 miles a day in the community providing information to visitors and monitoring parking. “I love helping people, and this is a job where I get to interact with people and help the community,” he said.

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Cannon Beach Information Aide Patrick Leary writes a parking violation citation during a recent bike patrol in the community. Leary said writing citations was just one small part of a job that primarily involves helping people in the community. “One of our most important jobs is being of assistance to the people of Cannon Beach and the police department,” he said.

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Cannon Beach Information Aide Patrick Leary writes a parking violation citation during a recent bike patrol in the community. Leary said writing citations was just one small part of a job that primarily involves helping people in the community. “One of our most important jobs is being of assistance to the people of Cannon Beach and the police department,” he said.

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Jesse Trott, with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach, is part of a group of volunteers who spend time providing information to visitors about how to responsibly appreciate the iconic location. “We are environmental educators and interpretors. We come out here to teach people about this environment,” she said.

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Jesse Trott, with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach, is part of a group of volunteers who spend time providing information to visitors about how to responsibly appreciate the iconic location. “We are environmental educators and interpretors. We come out here to teach people about this environment,” she said.

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Gary Wahlbeck with Coaster Construction in Cannon Beach puts the finishing touches on what will eventually be cabinets in a new home under construction in the area. “I started out as a silver and goldsmith, and then I was a tile setter, and then I had a repair shop. I’ve done it all my life,” he said.

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Gary Wahlbeck with Coaster Construction in Cannon Beach puts the finishing touches on what will eventually be cabinets in a new home under construction in the area. “I started out as a silver and goldsmith, and then I was a tile setter, and then I had a repair shop. I’ve done it all my life,” he said.

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Daryl Welch makes the final adjustments after repairing a bicycle for a customer at a Repair Cafe event held at Buoy Beer Co. in Astoria. “This is a way to connect with people in the community and repair some bikes and have some fun,” he said.

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Daryl Welch makes the final adjustments after repairing a bicycle for a customer at a Repair Cafe event held at Buoy Beer Co. in Astoria. “This is a way to connect with people in the community and repair some bikes and have some fun,” he said.

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Daisha Jacobson gathers freshly cut flowers at Blackberry Bog Farm. Jacobson works part time at the operation near Svensen.

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Daisha Jacobson gathers freshly cut flowers at Blackberry Bog Farm. Jacobson works part time at the operation near Svensen.

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Scott Thompson of Blackberry Bog Farm cuts sunflowers to take to a local farmers market.

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Scott Thompson of Blackberry Bog Farm cuts sunflowers to take to a local farmers market.

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Joe Sheamos makes repairs to boat parts at West Coast Propeller Service in Warrenton.

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Joe Sheamos makes repairs to boat parts at West Coast Propeller Service in Warrenton.

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Dr. Melanie Haase tends to a patient at the Safe Harbor Animal Hospital in Warrenton.

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Dr. Melanie Haase tends to a patient at the Safe Harbor Animal Hospital in Warrenton.

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To celebrate Labor Day, we have chosen to focus on some of the people who help our communities function and flourish.

They repair our bridges that span the Columbia River and Youngs Bay, and fix our boats at West Coast Propeller Service in Warrenton. They are young cadets in Cannon Beach who sometime log 20 miles a day on bicycles to provide vital information to visitors.

They volunteer to protect our environment and natural resources on the beaches in front of Haystack Rock. They grow our food and make our homes beautiful with freshly cut flowers in places like Blackberry Bog Farm near Svensen.

They help our pets when the animals are sick. They fix whatever needs fixing at Repair Cafe events in Astoria. They build homes and work at restaurants, often unnoticed by the public.

And they keep us safe working for the U.S. Coast Guard by land, sea and air.

On Labor Day, we recognize the people who, on a daily basis, make life better for us — who make life on the North Coast work.































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