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Our View: Shoutouts and Callouts

Praise for those who deserve it

Published on September 29, 2017 12:01AM

The OK Chorale PDX — represented here by, from left, Cardioid’s Lizzy Ellison, Pure Bathing Culture’s Zach Tillman and Wonderly’s Jim Brunberg — play “Purple Rain.”

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The OK Chorale PDX — represented here by, from left, Cardioid’s Lizzy Ellison, Pure Bathing Culture’s Zach Tillman and Wonderly’s Jim Brunberg — play “Purple Rain.”

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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:

Dr. William Armington, Willis Van Dusen, Michael Autio and Randy McClelland, who were each honored recently by the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation. Armington received the foundation’s first-ever Caduceus Award, which recognizes a physician or provider who has gone above and beyond to advance philanthropy at CMH and in the community. Van Dusen, a longtime mayor of Astoria and community leader who led the fundraising for the new cancer center, was honored with the Terry Award, which recognizes a volunteer for advancing philanthropy at CMH and in the community. Autio, last year’s Terry Award recipient and immediate past chairman of the foundation, received the new Columbia Award. Autio has been actively involved with the foundation and hospital for more than 22 years. McClelland, director of CMH’s strategic initiatives department, received the President’s Award. The honor is named for the hospital’s current president and CEO, Erik Thorsen, and recognized McClelland for his work in coordinating the artwork in the new Knight Cancer Collaborative.

Ryan Snyder, president of Martin North hospitality company, who organized last weekend’s inaugural ’Stackstock Music Fest in Cannon Beach. The outdoor event, held at Haystack Gardens, drew about 600 people and included an eight-hour concert featuring five prominent Portland-area bands and was headlined by Colin Meloy, the frontman of The Decemberists. Attendees described the event as “relaxed,” “intimate” and “breezy.” Snyder said some of the proceeds from the festival will be used to start a local music scholarship.

• The hundreds of local volunteers who participated in the annual SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup last weekend in Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach to remove trash and debris. Statewide, volunteers picked up more than 72,000 pounds of trash from 140 project sites along all 362 miles of Oregon’s coastline. Common items found were cigarette butts, fishing rope, glass and plastic bottles and other plastic items. In Gearhart, the debris included a car exhaust pipe.

Astoria Downtown Historic District Association organizers and the hundreds of volunteers who planned and staged the 16th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup festival last weekend by the riverfront. The three-day event was family friendly and featured craft brews from more than 40 brewers from the Northwest and California, along with live music, food and fun and games for children.

Neil Branson, director of the 28th annual 3-Course Challenge, a grueling cross-country meet that is hosted by Seaside High School each year at Camp Rilea. Last weekend’s meet featured 2,107 runners from 77 high schools, 22 middle schools and two running clubs who finished the course. Teams came from as far away as Southern California and British Columbia. Branson retired last year as the Gulls longtime cross-country coach, but is continuing his association with running as the meet’s organizer and director.

• Conductor John Buehler and the Cannon Beach Chorus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The community choir has more than 60 members from all walks of life across the North Coast ranging from high-school age to more than 80-years-old. The chorus performs regularly throughout the community. Buehler has been the conductor since 2010 and said in honor of the anniversary the chorus will have a piece commissioned especially for them to premiere next spring.


This week’s Callouts go to:

• The state Department of Revenue, which despite being told to improve and increase debt collection five months ago, still can’t say if it’s worked. As of mid-2016, the state was owed about $3.3 billion and in April Gov. Kate Brown ordered the department to step up efforts. Audits have revealed a number of issues at the agency during the past decade. While the department says it has initiated new programs, has increased collection efforts and has been recruiting and filling vacant positions, it’s still too early to judge the impact of those efforts.


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