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:
• Clatsop County Fair Manager Kathi Mattinen and those who organized, volunteered and attended last week’s annual event. The fair, which has been operating for more than 100 years, had something for everyone to enjoy, except maybe the heat. Unseasonably hot weather settled over the region and much of the Northwest on the fair’s opening day and kept this year’s attendance from surpassing last year’s numbers. But the thousands of fairgoers who attended enjoyed fun-filled events featuring live music from artists including country star Montgomery Gentry; 4-H competitions; comedy and magic shows; local performances; and a wide variety of thrill rides and midway games.
• Organizers of the recent National Night Out events in Seaside and Cannon Beach, which continue to help strengthen the relationships between local law enforcement, first responders, and the communities they serve. The national event, which celebrated its 34th year, came to Seaside 12 years ago and Cannon Beach initiated its event four years ago. In Cannon Beach, more than 150 people participated in this year’s event, the most it has ever drawn, and Seaside’s was well attended, too. Both events featured a barbecue, games and prizes. Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham said it was a great way for residents to get to know their police department, while Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn offered that it was a positive way for residents to be able to interact with officers in a comfortable setting.
• Clatsop County Emergency Coordinator Tom Manning, who recently retired after 40 years in the emergency management field. Manning began part-time work here in 2008 in a career that has included positions with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and, closer to home, with Tillamook County. Clatsop County Manager Cameron Moore said Manning “was instrumental in building our program into what it is today, we are grateful for the time he spent here, and we wish him the best in retirement.” Moore said the county has hired Vincent Aarts, who was the deputy director of Columbia County Emergency Management, to fill the opening created by Manning’s retirement.
• Cannon Beach firefighters, who donated a $2,000 automated external defibrillator to the Cannon Beach Academy earlier this week. Fire Lt. Brian Smith, who heads the Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue Association, made the presentation to the school’s director, Amy Moore, and said the proceeds from the association’s annual dinner and other events raised the money to purchase the defibrillator, which is used in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is continuing to wrangle with the Port of Astoria over the amount of damage that the Port’s waterfront sustained when winter storms battered the region in December 2015. At stake is up to 75 percent of reimbursement from FEMA for repairs to proven storm damage, and the gap between the agency’s estimate and the Port’s stands at $13.7 million. The Port contracted with an outside engineering firm which placed the damage at $14.2 million last year, while FEMA estimated it at a fraction of that amount at $860,000. Port Executive Director Jim Knight said the Port and the engineering firm will continue to press the issue with FEMA.
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