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Our View: Shoutouts and Callouts

Praise for those who deserve it

Published on October 20, 2017 12:01AM

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The ribbon is cut during a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Knight Cancer Collaborative.

Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian The ribbon is cut during a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Knight Cancer Collaborative.

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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:

Columbia Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Erik Thorsen and the hospital’s staff, who conducted a grand opening and two open houses last week to familiarize the community with the new $16 million Columbia Memorial Hospital-Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Collaborative. Hundreds of attendees took tours of the new facility during a grand opening last Thursday, which was followed by open houses on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The center took seven years to come to fruition and greatly enhances cancer care on the North Coast.

• The Cannon Beach Library, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Unlike most libraries, Cannon Beach’s has never been public, and its legacy as a private, almost solely volunteer-driven library has remained through its nine decades. There is one paid position and other day-to-day tasks like running the front desk, book collection and inventory, maintenance and fundraising are done by more than 80 volunteers, who each year collectively donate 9,000 hours of their time. The library’s board is hosting a celebration Saturday as a way to thank the community for its longtime support. People are invited to dress as their favorite literary character and enjoy a buffet of snacks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library.

Kelsey Balensifer, events coordinator at the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers who staged the 36th annual Great Columbia River Crossing last weekend. The family friendly, 10k run/walk across the Astoria-Megler Bridge drew about 3,000 participants, observers and volunteers. The participants started their trek at the Dismal Nitch Rest Area in Washington, crossed the bridge into Astoria and finished the event at the foot of Basin Street in Uniontown. Last year’s crossing, which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the bridge, was canceled for the first time because of bad weather.

• Seaside Rotary event committee chairmen Al Peinhardt and Greg Sawyer, who planned last weekend’s Roaring ‘20s Gala and Auction. Members and guests dressed as flappers, bootleggers, gangsters and molls while attending the Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser at the Seaside convention center. About 280 people attended, and a special appeal during the evening raised $12,450 specifically for holiday programs. Rotary President Raven Brown said other money raised at the gala through ticket sales, silent and live auctions and a blinky sale with a prize of a live auction item will support additional community projects. The gala is conducted each fall and every year it features a different theme.

• Seven businesses which were recently recognized as Pacific County (Washington) Economic Development Council Business of the Year award winners. Various Pacific County business organizations each select one winner to be recognized at the annual awards ceremony. Honored were the Don Nisbett Art Gallery, nominated by the Ilwaco Merchants Association; Kenanna RV Park & Campground, selected by the Tokeland-North Cove Chamber of Commerce; Englund Marine & Industrial Supply, chosen by the Pacific County EDC South Committee; Elixir Cafe and Floral Design of South Bend, selected by the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce; Anita’s Coastal Cafe in Ocean Park, nominated by the Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce; the Dennis Company, selected by the Pacific County EDC North Committee; and Oman & Son Builders Supply, chosen by the Long Beach Merchants Association.


This week’s Callouts go to:

• The driver of a vehicle that somehow managed to spill more than 7,000 roofing nails on U.S. Highway 101 in Warrenton last Saturday. The spill occurred in the southbound lane in front of the Premarq Center, by the New Youngs Bay Bridge. Police were called about 4 p.m. by a driver who didn’t see who spilled the nails but stopped to report the mess in the roadway. Southbound traffic was stalled for more than an hour while authorities and state Department of Transportation workers cleaned up the dangerous situation. The nails obviously weren’t properly secured in the vehicle, but fortunately police said they received no reports of injuries or accidents as a result.


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