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:
• The Astoria Library and its nonprofit foundation, which kicked off a renovation campaign during the library’s 50th anniversary celebration last Sunday. The foundation hopes to raise $3.5 million, which will be paired with $1.6 million the city has set aside for the library’s makeover. Mayor Arlene LaMear told the crowd at the anniversary celebration that a lot has changed for libraries in the past 50 years, and the renovation will make it more relevant in today’s world. Work is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2020. During the celebration, library Director Jimmy Pearson also announced the library is expanding its Monday operating hours.
• Astoria Sunday Market Executive Director Cyndi Mudge and organizers and volunteers of the weekly marketplace, which closed out its 17th season last weekend with another good crowd on hand. The marketplace, which runs weekly from mid-spring to early fall, brings crowds downtown to browse the booths of vendors who offer locally made products that have been hand-crafted, grown, created or gathered by the farmers, craftspeople and artisans of the region. It also features live music and an appetizing food court. Astoria Sunday Market is run by a nonprofit organization by the same name with a goal of revitalizing downtown. Funds are reinvested in downtown projects, enterprises and efforts that support the nonprofit’s mission.
• Vintage Hardware and Astoria Station, which houses Reach Break Brewing, Reville Ciderworks and Astoria Barber, which were each honored with revitalization awards at the recent Oregon Main Street conference in Oregon City. Vintage Hardware, at 1162 Marine Drive, won the award for Best Facade Under $7,500. Astoria Station, a former service station and indoor garden supply store at 1343 Duane St., was honored for Outstanding Adaptive Use. It was transformed by the late Warren Williams into a mixed-use storefront with food carts in front.
• Organizers of the first Jordan’s Hope Rally and Fun Run/Walk, which was conducted recently at Astoria High School and brought more attention and awareness to the fight against the opioid epidemic. The event included a run/walk at the school’s track, speakers who told of their fight and recovery from addiction, panel discussions and entertainment from the high school’s marching band and Brownsmead Flats. About 150 people participated in the nonprofit organization’s event, including members of the Lion’s Club who served lunch for those attending.
• Clatsop County commissioners, whose commitment to renewable energy sources has led to the county being the first in Oregon and only the second in the nation to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. As part of its membership, the county has committed to purchasing at least 10 percent of its annual electric supply for operations from renewable sources such as solar, wind and water.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Vandals who stole political “Vote No” signs from homeowners’ yards along Cottage and Marion avenues in Gearhart last weekend. The signs advocated a “no” vote on Measure 4-188, which asks for a repeal and replacement of Gearhart’s short-term rental ordinance. Sign stealing is a familiar accusation in political campaigns, from presidential elections to local races, and the culprits are seldom caught. Gearhart and other Clatsop County cities don’t take crime reports on political sign vandalism and theft, so the residents don’t have much recourse. But as Mayor Matt Brown said, “These signs cost money and theft is a serious charge.”
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