Learning on the SpotWarrenton Grade School students have a new place to learn about the outdoors: a Habitat Education Site.

A Habitat Education Site is an area on or near school grounds that invites wildlife and provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. Students and teachers can utilize the site for science, math, writing, art and social studies lessons.

Trained 4-H wildlife stewards, Debra Sheldon and Lisa Lilley, have worked with students, parents, teachers and the community planning and preparing the project, and the school recently achieved Level One Certification from the Oregon State University Extension 4-H Wildlife Stewards program.

Following Saturday night's concert at the Liberty Theater, some 100 members of the audience went to the Columbia River Maritime Museum for an auction to benefit this summer's Astoria Music Festival. One member of the audience, 11-year-old KYLE OVERBAY was eager to win a raffle prize. When the Star of the Sea fifth-grader's number was called, he picked up his prize as well as a hug from KATIE HARMAN, left, Miss America 2002, who had sung in the concert and was drawing winning tickets. Kyle is the son of ED OVERBAY and JEANINE GRAFTON.

The next winner was DARYL BIRNEY, who said he was much less interested in his prize than a hug from Miss America. That started a trend.

Ever wondered what Seaside Mayor Don Larson likes to read? Discover his secret reading habits, and the habits of other Seaside "stars" at the Seaside Public Library's new "Who's reading in Seaside" display. Stop by and:

• Find out the hidden secrets to Councilor Stubby Lyons' choice of books.

• See City Manager Mark Winstanley try to pawn off a boring book as a page-turner!

• Witness a cat with "issues."

• Read Planning Director Kevin Cupples' advice on how to avoid being overtaken by a Vogan Constructor Fleet. (Don't know what that is? Stop by the display).

And you thought libraries were just places of quiet sedation. Boy, were you wrong. The library is located at 60 N. Roosevelt Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library is closed Mondays.

Wednesday's successful health fair at Astoria High School was the senior project of SARA ALSBURY and SUSAN FORRESTER. The event featured speakers from state agencies, the military, financial institutions and others. The Daily Astorian's PATRICK WEBB spoke about careers in journalism. He confessed to having written the "Wolverines feast on Ducks" headline in that day's sports page. When he asked his audience to come up with a better one, AHS assistant principal GARY SUNDERLAND asked where the NIT semifinal baskeball game was played. On learning it was Madison Square Garden, he came up with an even better headline for Oregon's 25-point loss to Michigan: "Ducks lay egg in garden."

In other session, sophomore JANNE MEYER asked how people get their names in the paper? Well, now, let me tell you a story...

Some sharp-eyed readers have asked the Ear about the spelling of the Kirwen Building in Seaside at 619 Broadway Drive, owned by developers KIRK and WENDY FAUSETT of Astoria.

For more than 40 years, the building's corner spot was occupied by a drug store owned by HUGH KERWIN of Gearhart and his father, Hugh A Kerwin, Sr. Kerwin's father had taken over the Roth Drug Company in 1946 and renamed it Kerwin Rexall Drugs in the 1950s. The Kerwins never owned the building and, to Hugh's knowledge, it was never officially called the "Kerwin Building." Kerwin closed his drug store in 1990.

Fausett said that when he looked into purchasing the building, he knew it had been occupied by Kerwin Rexall Drugs. But he decided to name the structure the "Kirwen Building" and change the spelling to reflect a combination of both his (Kirk) and his wife's (Wendy) names.

According to information from the Seaside Historical Society, the building was constructed in approximately 1913 and was named as the Mears Hotel on a 1914 Sanborn Insurance map. Original ownership is unclear, but title records indicate that the property was sold in 1911 to Henry Wagner and Paul Wessinger, a Portland resident and executive of the Henry Weinhard Brewery. Louise Weinhard, et al are named as the grantors for the property in 1917, when it was sold to the Henry Weinhard estate.

At various times, the building has housed a saloon, pool hall, movie theater, meat market, general store and bakery. Today, bistro-style restaurant Kalypso occupies the corner spot and retail stores and executive office space are planned for the rest of the building.

Watch out Oregon, the Bounders are coming in September. The Bounders is a motorhome club comprised of over 2,800 members who own Bounder motorhomes. Their 17th annual national rally, called Wagons West 2004, will take place at the state fairgrounds in Salem, Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. A great turnout is expected, which should add a spark to Oregon tourism as Bounders will be touring the state for days and even weeks after the rally. Attendees are given "welcome bags" with valuable tourism information, discount coupons and souvenirs. The City of Seaside has offered "gift baskets" containing items given by local merchants, gift items have been offered by Astoria Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and generous discount coupons have been donated by the Astoria/Warrenton/Seaside KOA campground. However, more contributors are still needed. In return, a free listing will be placed in the Bounders United Web site and in the Rally Program, but more importantly these visitors will be shopping in Oregon stores, buying local products, eating in Oregon restaurants and staying in Oregon RV parks. Businesses interested in contributing may call Barb Harn at (503) 355-8671.

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