Democrats party at headquartersPhoto courtesy Doug Balcomb

State Rep. Debbie Boone, right, speaks to Clatsop County Democrats Sunday. Seated in front of her is Don Atwood, president of the county Democrats.North Coast Democrats kicked off their big push toward the Nov. 2 general election with a party at their headquarters at 339 12th St. in Astoria Sunday. More than 100 were present to hear JOHN ORR, Clatsop County Democratic Party campaign chairman, stir them into action. State Sen. JOAN Dukes and state Reps. Betsy Johnson and Debbie Boone, pictured standing at right, also spoke. Representatives from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep David Wu were also on hand. DON ATWOOD, president of the Clatsop County Democrats, is pictured seated next to Boone. Foot-stompin' music by the Brownsmead Flats punctuated the air as bumper stickers and lawn signs were distributed to the faithful.

Despite wintry weather, including rain, hail, lightning, wind and cold temperatures, 2,700 volunteers turned out to participate in the 21st anniversary of the Great Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup Saturday. The entire Oregon Coast, more than 362 miles, was cleaned of debris that had accumulated since last spring. Volunteers removed an estimated 21 tons of trash from Oregon's beaches.

Among the many interesting items found were a rusty .22 caliber pistol, a hot water heater, refrigerators, box springs, a message in a bottle, sleeping bags, a Coleman stove, lots of plastic bottles and beer bottles, fishing net, rope, a tent frame and a cooler.

"It's a wonderful statement of citizenship," said SOLV Program Coordinator Bev Ardueser. "Oregonians show their pride in this state by turning out to preserve and enhance the public beaches, even in this inclement weather. Participation in the Fall Beach Cleanup demonstrates that Oregon volunteerism is alive and well."

Sherry Wait of Astoria won a night at the Hotel Elliott, the top door prize at the WINGS Conference in Astoria Sept. 11. She was one of more than 50 women who attended the conference, which is held annually for women interested in returning to school. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Seaside and Astoria branches of American Association of University Women and by Clatsop Community College.

"Ketchup Wars," a fun way to get people involved in the presidential election, will begin Oct. 3 and run through Nov. 1 at The Lightship Restaurant in Long Beach, Wash. Rodolfo Bautista, owner of the restaurant, says "On Nov. 1, one day before the actual election, we will accurately predict the winner."

Patrons will be given a tomato colored bean and asked to put it in the ketchup jar favoring the candidate of their choice. Heinz ketchup will represent Sen. Kerry and W ketchup will represent President Bush. Voter registration information will be available for all patrons.

For information regarding hours, call 791-0474 or (360) 642-3252.

Notwithstanding rain and cold, Don and Theresa Accuardi from NW Natural gas company gave up the better part of Saturday to put on a cookout at the Astoria Senior Center in appreciation of seniors. NW Natural furnished hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings, including delicious salads made by Theresa. About 80 seniors enjoyed the food and the big-band Glenn Miller music provided by Al Anderson. "It was a great way to spend a rainy day in Astoria," beamed Helen McDaniel, president of the Astoria seniors.

Four Clatskanie Chess Club members attended the 53rd annual Oregon Open held at Lane Community College in Eugene recently. Top finisher for the club was 15-year-old BLAKE SALISBURY, who won two games against masters and tied for fourth place in the open section. He won four out of six of his games. JERRY RAMEY, president of the Oregon Chess Federation, and host to this year's tournament, said, "These were outstanding results from such a young player." KEEGAN KNUTSON, a member from Longview, Wash., finished fifth. In the reserve section, TIM ROBINSON won two and drew two games. MICHAEL TAYLOR won two out of six games. The group meets at 555 S.W. Bryant St., Clatskanie, on Wednesdays. The Kids Club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. and advanced players and adults meet from 5 to 7 p.m. For details, contact Kate Taylor at (503) 728-3754.

Tom Freel, operations manager for New Northwest Broadcasters in Astoria, has won a top state award. The Oregon Association of Broadcasters recognized nine Oregon broadcasters, 15 broadcast stations for Awards of Excellence and four stations for outstanding service during 2003-04, at its annual fall conference in Bend recently.

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Tom Freel, left, receives his awardfrom Jim Servino.Freel and a Bend broadcaster were recognized by the group with the 2004 Broadcast Heritage Award for their service to the industry over the past 20 years.

Freel has been waking up KAST-AM listeners for 26 years. He was nominated for the honor by Jim Servino, vice president of business development for New Northwest Broadcasters and Freel's general manager for 18 of those 26 years. Servino presented the award to Freel. In addition to his professional skills, Servino commended Freel for his active membership in the Astoria Lions Club, which has included service as Lions district governor. He serves on other community groups' boards and has donated considerable time to fund-raising activities, such as the annual Easter egg hunt and community Halloween party for kids. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, he organized a community fund drive over the radio that raised more than $17,000 for the victims' families.

Dylan McMurtry, an Astoria High School senior, has been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders' conference held in November in Washington, D.C. Students were selected based on leadership potential and scholastic merit. Students will interact with personnel from the three branches of the government, news media and international community. The theme of the 10-day conference is "The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today."

These children in Mango Parish in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, delighted in the donation of some balloons from the Bank of Astoria that were delivered during a July visit by MIKE and MARY DAVIES and their 11-year-old son, Sean. The Davies family, from Warrenton, was on a mission through Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Seaside. They are campaigning to create a secondary school in Africa to add to the primary education these children receive. Donations are being accepted through the church or the Davies family (call 738-0313 for details) and Mike Davies will be returning to Africa in December to continue efforts in the parish.

Willis Van Dusen watch out! The League of Oregon Cities is seeking entries from seventh- and 10th-grade students for the annual poster/essay contest. The theme is "If I were mayor, I would ..." Students can obtain entry forms from their school or Astoria City Hall. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

First-place winners will receive a computer and a $500 U.S. savings bond and will be recognized at the League's annual conference in Portland in November.

For information, contact Richelle Borden at (800) 452-0338

Clatsop CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has received a grant from the Clatsop County Endowment Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The mission of CASA is to assist abused and neglected children in court and support representation for children.

On Sept. 17, Warrenton High School received the gift of cold, hard cash. Lum's Auto Center presented a check to Principal ROD HEYEN for $750 during a pep assembly. The donation was open-ended, but the EAR was told it will be used for computer upgrades.

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