Copycat performs professionallyThe Astoria Fire Department's mascot, a black cat named COPYCAT, went above and beyond the call of duty last week by lending his expertise to the Astoria Police Department, which shares the public safety building on 30th Street with the fire department and the 9-1-1 dispatch center. APD needed help with a mouse that ran under a copy machine. "Copycat was asked to come in and assist and he promptly caught the mouse - and upon request, removed it from the building. He conducted himself in a very professional manner and was a credit to AFD," according to an e-mailed thank you note from dispatcher Wanda Wetherill, supplied to the Ear by proud FIRE CHIEF LENARD HANSEN.

Seaside Downtown Development Association Executive Director BREE PHILLIPS knows that most people adore chocolate chip cookies. So, in honor of National Volunteer Week, which ends today, Phillips baked the treats for every SDDA member.

"I just wanted to say thank you for your ongoing volunteer and commitment to downtown Seaside," she said.

Phillips also presented certificates of appreciation to the seven SDDA board members. They are President WAYNE POOLE, Vice-president JULE JESSE, Secretary TITA MONTERO, Treasurer KEITH CHANDLER, GARY DIEBOLT, MIKE EXINGER, BOB JOHNSON, TERRY LOWENBERG and GEORGE TIPTON.

Mark WinstanleyThe Ear is sympathetic to the worries that come with growing older. So we know how Seaside City Manager MARK WINSTANLEY feels now that he is 50. Winstanley celebrated the auspicious occasion last Saturday and, as one employee wrote in the city's newsletter, "We ask that you be supportive of him as he experiences the physical and emotional adjustments he will have to endure as he advances through his senior years." Employees "honored" Winstanley Friday with a party and a basket of "over-the-hill" goodies, including "geezer" glasses, balloons, a cane, denture cleanser and joke pills. He also gained a little something extra for his future retirement when he won $22 by playing $20 worth of Oregon lottery scratch-it tickets given by employees. Happy birthday from the Ear!

Janome sewing machine and Project Linus combined February and March to offer a chance to win a free sewing machine from Janome. Entrants donated blankets for Project Linus and received an entry for each blanket donated.

Cleo Rekart of Hammond won the drawing held March 31. The first customer at Custom Threads that day drew her name from the entrants collected.

Custom Threads sponsors Project Linus year-round. Thirty-six new blankets were donated in Astoria. They were quilted, knitted, crocheted and purchased for the project. This group of blankets will go to Doernbecher Hospital. The collected blankets are given to abused or ill children as requested by police, fire or social service agencies.

To donate blankets or for more information on Project Linus, call Eda Lindstrom at Custom Threads, 1282 Commercial St., 325-7780.

Margit BowlerProud mom, JANET BOWLER, reports daughter MARGIT BOWLER, a ninth-grader at Astoria High School, placed second in the high school division of the Oregon State Poetry Association 2004 Student Poetry Contest with her poem, "copper soil." An awards ceremony was held April 17 at Marylhurst University and winning students received medals, certificates, and small checks. With four winning entries, Margit leads all students in the state of Oregon. She also won twice when the contest was sponsored by the Metro Zoo. Margit's poem will proceed to the national Manningham Trust contest for winners of state poetry contests, where Margit has also been a winner in previous contests.

Betty Jane and Frank Braley

Belated news from former Warrenton residents (1953-1964): Frank and Betty Jane Stephenson Braley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their seven children, spouses and grandchildren in a family beach trip to Atlantic Beach, N.C., July 12. Their wedding date was Sept. 13, 1952, but because of unforseen circumstances, they could not celebrate until 2003. The couple renewed their wedding vows, along with a church wedding, Dec. 21, 1963 at United Methodist Church in Warrenton. The Braleys reside in Garner, N.C.

Students from Neah-Kah-Nie High School in Rockaway Beach are headed to Charleston, S.C. this weekend for the seventh annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®). The Neah-Kah-Nie team won the Salmon Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl - one of 24 regional competitions - and will be challenged in questions related to ocean biology, chemistry, geology, physics, navigation, geography, and related history, literature and public policy.

"These students are amazing, and we hope many of them will become ocean scientists," said Rear Adm. Richard West (U.S. Navy ret.), president of the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education in Washington, D.C., which sponsors the academic competition. "The oceans are one of Earth's most vital resources, and our environmental and economic vitality depend upon healthy oceans. We will need more ocean scientists in the future, and the NOSB® is an exciting way to show our best science students the fascinating college and career opportunities available to them."

More than 400 high schools competed this year in the regional competitions. Each regional winner advances to the national finals to compete for prizes that include educational field trips to Hawaii, Bermuda, California and Michigan, marine science textbooks, lab equipment and bookstore gift certificates. In addition, thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all participating students are eligible to apply for the Coastal and Ocean Science Training (COAST) summer internship program and the National Ocean Scholar Program, a scholarship for students pursuing marine and coastal sciences.

Do you have items for In One Ear? Send them to Patrick Webb, Managing Editor, The Daily Astorian, P.O. Box 210, Astoria OR 97103 or by e-mail to pwebb@dailyastorian.com

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