Beauty college donations help young victimsFrom left: Verna Houle, ABC student body president; Emily Willard, Healing Circle Americorps member; Arlene Jones.

Submitted PhotoGEORGINA YOKOYAMA, program coordinator for The Healing Circle, a nonprofit organization providing assistance to child victims of sexual abuse, says that a much appreciated donation of $465 has been received from ARLENE JONES, and the students of the ASTORIA BEAUTY COLLEGE.

In December, beauty college students donated proceeds from haircuts, facials, pedicures and manicures to local charities, with Jones matching the funds raised by the students. All together, the beauty college was able to adopt five families from local giving trees in addition to the cash given to The Healing Circle.

Yokoyama says, "it certainly meant a lot to our organization and to the children we serve."

Also thinking of the area's children are EDA LINDSTROM, owner of CUSTOM THREADS in Astoria, PROJECT LINUS and the JANOME CORPORATION.

Janome Corporation donated a new sewing machine to be awarded to a "Project Linus blanket maker." Each time a new, child size blanket was made and donated to Project Linus, a chance was given to win the machine, which has a retail value of $729.

On Feb. 18, the drawing was held and the winner was ASHLEY LERTORA of Astoria.

A total of 27 blankets were donated from Astoria, Elma, Wash., and Naselle, Wash. The blankets are going to the Project Linus program at Doernbecher's Children's Hospital in Portland to be given to abused, needy or ill children. For more information, contact Custom Threads at 325-7780.

In a recent issue of the Daily News-Sun, a Sun City, Ariz., newspaper, there was a story on TONY STRAMIELLO SR. and his late wife TINA STRAMIELLO. Many of our readers will be former students of this dancing duo.

Tony, 81, is wintering in Arizona these days and fondly remembers his 40-plus year cruise ship career, when he and his wife taught ballroom dancing on the high seas. ROCHELLE STRAMIELLO-JOHNSON, of Astoria, the couple's daughter, says they sailed all over, "from Alaska to Australia," as well as teaching "three generations of Clatsop County residents" while on dry land.

Tony is a current member of Dance Educators of America, still teaches Latin American dance twice weekly in Sun City during "the season," and still cruises at least twice a year, teaching as he goes. And when not teaching, "he can be found at least five nights a week at any of the Sun City ballrooms, dancing the night away," says Rochelle.

While in Sun City, he is sorely missed by his family, especially his granddaughter, HOLLY JOHNSON, who laments, "when is grandfather coming, I want to go dancing!"

Also in print, in the March 2003 issue of Sunset Magazine, is Cannon Beach. In a feature titled, "Quiet Time In Cannon Beach," BONNIE HENDERSON writes of the joys of a "three-day weekend on Oregon's delightfully misty, moody north coast."

On arrival Thursday evening, the author thought she was "the only living soul in town" until she discovered the WARREN HOUSE PUB and realized that all the locals were "inside, of course, dry as a bone."

She started Friday with a croissant at GRAIN & SAND BAKERY, then meandered down the beach, kite in hand. She spent the afternoon browsing the city's plethora of art galleries, and the evening indulging in the STEPHANIE INN'S prix fixe four-course dinner.

Saturday, she ventured up to Ecola State Park "in blustery weather" for "the postcard view south," before lunch at HEATHER'S CAFE and wine tasting at the WINE SHACK and LAUREL'S WINE SHOP. Her afternoon was spent relaxing with book and espresso before "lapping up the cozy, Old World ambiance and eclectic menu ... at the BISTRO," and catching a performance at THE COASTER THEATER.

Breakfast at DOOGER'S, a trip to the waterfall at Hug Point, a 5-mile hike at Cape Falcon, pampering at the CANNON BEACH SPA and pizza at CLARK'S RESTAURANT & BAR, rounded out her weekend.

And she was paid to do this?

In Washington, D.C., Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., spoke on the House floor last week in support of a commemorative nickel celebrating the bi-centennial of the Lewis and Clark's expedition. H.R. 258, The American 5-Cent Coin Design Continuity Act of 2003 allows the Treasury to alter the nickel's design for coins issued in 2003 to 2005. Coins issued after Dec. 31, 2005 will revert to the Thomas Jefferson and Monticello image. "The Lewis and Clark nickel will encourage people to learn more about the expedition and visit the areas they explored ... I look forward to seeing the final coin design and its circulation," said Rep. Baird.

H.R. 258 passed the House of Representatives by 412 votes in favor and 5 opposed.

The splendid community production of "Macbeth" at the River Theater in Astoria concludes with performances at 8 tonight and 8 p.m. Saturday, and proves that the director, SUSI BROWN, has been able to translate her creative success at Knappa High School into the community theater world.

One oddity captured the EAR's eye while reading the program before a performance. A character was listed as "Macdougal of Otto," played by Ulrich Duncan Percival Wright II. Is the director barking mad - to introduce a new character that wasn't in the Bard's original tale? Well, not exactly. The "actor" accompanies Donna K. Wright, who plays an old woman, and adds a certain cachet to this production. (And that's all the Ear will reveal.)

Tickets for the final two shows are available at the River Theater at 230 W. Marine Drive in Astoria, $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors. The box office is open until 5 p.m. and immediately before showtimes.

And finally, in Seaside, storm water drainage problems, which lead to flooding along U.S. Highway 101 in front of Safeway and an auto shop on Sundquist Road, have led to the nicknames "Lake Safeway" and "Lake McBride." This inspired Seaside resident KATIE REA to suggest a new city motto: "Seaside: Where Infrastructure is an Option."

Do you have ears? If so, mail them to Lyn Baker, The Daily Astorian, P.O. Box 210, Astoria, OR 97103; fax to 325-6573; or e-mail to lbaker@dailyastorian.com.

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