Each week we recognize those people and organizations in the community deserving of public praise for the good things they do to make the North Coast a better place to live, and also those who should be called out for their actions.
This week’s Shoutouts go to:
• Class of 2017 graduates from the region’s five high schools who received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies during the past two weeks. At Astoria High School, more than 120 students donned caps and gowns during graduation last Saturday. Their commencement week activities included participating in the annual Grad Walk through the district’s school buildings and then to cheers from onlookers along Commercial Street as they walked in a procession from Eighth Street to the Liberty Theater last Thursday. At Seaside High School, 90 graduates received their diplomas during commencement on Monday at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, while Warrenton High School graduated a class of 47 seniors last Friday. Knappa High School awarded 29 diplomas, while seven seniors received diplomas from Jewell High School.
• Organizers of last weekend’s second annual Astoria Pride, which celebrated the LGBTQ community and featured events at the Liberty Theater, a parade along the Astoria Riverwalk and a block party. Businesses recognized Astoria Pride by hanging rainbow flags on buildings and downtown light poles, and the observance coincided with events across the country that supported the LGBTQ community with parades and festivals to celebrate equality.
• The Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this week. The organization formed in the region with 36 volunteers in 2007 and is dedicated to promoting self esteem and emotional well being of children in the community. The organization now has 129 members and its charitable programs include Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing to children whose attendance and performance at school have been adversely affected by lack of adequate clothing. In this past school year its efforts provided clothing for 690 children.
• North Coast Prevention Works, which in conjunction with the Clatsop County Juvenile Department, recently conducted the 2017 Astoria and Warrenton Youth Recognition Awards Banquet that honored six youths for being an example to the community through their excellence and leadership. Prevention Works was founded in 2009 to promote community-level change in the prevention of substance abuse, and the stories of the youths’ strength and perseverance were shared with the banquet’s more than 50 attendees. Three adults, Mike Davis, Carrie Kaull and Michael McClure, were also honored with Asset Builder Awards for going above and beyond in making a difference in the lives of youths in the community.
• Warrenton High School girls softball player Landree Miethe, who was recently named the 2017 Player of the Year for the Lewis & Clark League. The senior catcher finished her final year as the Warriors’ all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, triples and home runs. Warrenton missed the state playoffs, but had two players, Miethe and junior pitcher Niqui Blodgett, who were first team all-league selections.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Whoever destroyed a military-style headstone and dumped it at a boat launch in Carnahan Park near Cullaby Lake. The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Department is trying determine the identity of the veteran it belonged to and the veteran’s burial location, and Sheriff Tom Bergin said the headstone appeared to be intentionally damaged. The broken headstone was missing several pieces, including those with the name, the date of birth and date of death. Bergin said the letters “E and R” are discernible, and they are believed to be the last two letters of the veteran’s name. Investigators also determined from pieces of the headstone that the veteran had been in the U.S. Air Force and served in both Korea and Vietnam. “Such blatant disrespect for the veteran’s resting place is an outrage,” Bergin said. He has asked for the public’s help in finding out the identity of the veteran so the burial location can be determined and the headstone can be respectfully replaced.
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