Masons Celebrate 150 YearsMasons practice arcane rituals, but basically it's about friendship and leading an upright life. Outside the lodge there's much teasing. Astoria Masons DAN CROCKETT, SKY OLSEN, EDWARD AHO and ERNIE BROWN gathered with a reporter last week to promote the 150th anniversary at Seaport Lodge No. 7.

Brown is a retired architect, appropriate because Masons use building metaphors. The other fellows suggested that at 92, Brown is the oldest active Mason around.

He denied it, until Olsen asked, "Who's older than you are?"

Quick as a flash came the reply: "Methuselah!"

For the record, the celebrations begin noon at Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 1572 Franklin Ave., with a ceremony at 3 p.m. The public is welcome.

Front row, from left: Riley Watkins, Keely Kirby, Travis Sleutel and Brittany Nyberg. Back row, from left: Debra Sheldon and Lisa Lilley.Warrenton Grade School's Junior Wildlife Stewards Keely Kirby, Brittany Nyberg, Travis Sleutel and Riley Watkins represented WGS at the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit held in Milwaukie May 27. Presentation teams from Roseburg, the Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley and the Portland area were in attendance presenting their school's projects.

The WGS team impressed judges as "very knowledgeable about their project and did an excellent job incorporating the display into their presentation." The foursome spoke about the wildlife habitat students are creating in their school yard. Warrenton Grade School received a selection of high quality gardening tools and a Droll Yankee birdfeeder for use in their wildlife habitat and future projects.

Guests at Chef TOM SEAVERS' May 22 thank-you dinner for Providence Seaside Hospital's Rehabilitation Department in turn showed their appreciation by donating $1,950 for the department through the hospital's foundation.

Guests included therapists DONNA BZDIL, JULIE MASLEN, PAM ZANTER and STACY DOTY, who helped Seavers regain his speech and mobility. After Seavers served his dinner of fancy appetizers, cedar-plank salmon, rice, fresh vegetables and a three-berry cobbler, he spoke to the guests about his two strokes and

subsequent therapy. Seavers spent more than four months in inpatient

and outpatient therapy at the hospital and hopes to become a full-time chef again soon.

Safeway is spreading the wealth. Portland-based spokeswoman BRIDGET FLANAGAN announced that the company is giving $5,000 to the Astoria Column, $1,000 to sponsor the Great Columbia Crossing and $600 to the Astoria Senior Center.

The latter donation thrilled HELEN McDANIEL, senior center president, because it was twice what she had asked for! The money will be used to pay for gas for the van that takes seniors around town. It will be even more vital now that Safeway has moved east and is no longer easy walking distance from the center.

McDaniel said seniors do not need to be a member of the center to participate in the program.

RODNEY SPOOR, a senior at Washington's Willapa Valley High School, was awarded a $250 scholarship from the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge during last week's graduation ceremony.

Spoor plans to pursue a career in forestry industry and fisheries, which is in line with the Friends' mission to enhance awareness and appreciation of the Willapa NWR.

"We want to further encourage students to enter these fields of study through this scholarship program," said BEV ARNOLDY, president of the Friends group.

Willapa is one of over 500 national wildlife refuges in the United States operated by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only national network of public lands in the world set aside specifically for the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants.

Cadette Girl Scout Troop No. 343 presented the Silver Award to four girls Sunday at a ceremony held at Tukwilla (Wash.) Center for Health and Medicine.

The Silver Award is the highest honor a Cadette girl scout can receive, and represents a commitment to community service, leadership and knowledge building in various areas. Although the award culminates with the completion of a 30-hour service project, the girls must complete the following prerequisites before they can begin working on the 30-hour project:

Earn a minimum of three Interest Patch Projects. Each IPP includes skill building activities, a career exploration component, a service project component, and a technology awareness component.

Earn the Dreams to Reality patch or Career Exploration pin. The awards focus on career goals.

Earn the Cadette Girl Scout Leadership Award. The award requires a minimum of 25 hours in a leadership position.

Earn the Cadette Girl Scout Challenge pin. The pin requires activities to help the scout explore her own values, her relationship to others, learn more about the U.S. and World Wide Girl Scout program, and a community service project.

One of the four Girl Scouts who earned the Silver Award is MAGGIE SCHROEDER, 14, of Knappa. Maggie's project was a Rabbit Run Fun Day fair, held in Knappa, March 27. The fair included crafts and games which taught children about rabbit care. Maggie worked with a local 4-H group to demonstrate how to show and judge rabbits. Various live rabbits were on hand to show different breeds and allow participants to have a hands-on experience.

From left, Jim Davis, Rob Mangold and John Niemi, Columbia Invitational Tournament chairman.The fifth annual Columbia Invitational golf tournament, dinner and auction held at Astoria Golf & Country Club raised nearly $160,000 to benefit COLUMBIA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION. This year's event was sold out with 112 golfers and 265 diners.

The evening began with a bagpiper welcome and guests sipped champagne as they strolled through a festive display for the silent auction. The foundation's board From left, the Honoreee of the Columbia Invitaitonal 2003, Rob Mangold, presented a trophy to 2004 honorees Edith Henningsgaard-Miller and Joe Miller.Chairman O. DAVID DICKSON gave the welcoming remarks, followed by SKIP HAUKE as the reader for the live auction. The autioneer was CHRIS LEACH from Stoke Auction Group. The theme, "A Nigh at Old St. Andrews," was chaired by BARBARA GLICK.

The invitaitonal Honorees this year were EDITH HENNINGSGAARD-MILLER and JOE MILLER, who were presented with an award for outstanding service to CMH and the community.

The Fund A Need section was presented by REP. BETSY JOHNSON. The foundation's Executive Director JANET NIEMI said, "We expect to net about $130,000, which is a 36 percent increase over last year's net. We are very grateful to the community for their support of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation."

The annual Student Exhibition at Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery is being held May 24 through June 14. Award winners were announced at the opening reception for the student artists May 25.

The Student Exhibition is a juried event. This year it was juried by guest artist MARIE WATT. Watt, who received her master's in painting and printmaking from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., is widely recognized throughout the Northwest for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. She is a faculty member of the art department at Portland Community College.

The Student Exhibition encompasses all mediums - painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, calligraphy and drawing. The exhibit showcases the talent and diversity of the art department's students. During the opening reception, cash prize winners were announced along with the newly established President's Choice Award. The award winners are:

Two-dimensional work: first place - PETER MILLER; second place - LEAH CERVENY; third place - WILL GREEN

Three-dimensional work: first place - SANDY BRADLEY; second place - MILES HUNSINGER; third place - ELMER MARKO

Best In Show was awarded to GILLIAN HALL for her etching "Lady in Heart Dress."

The President's Choice Award went to PETER MILLER for his untitled portrait.

The Art Center Gallery will also be participating in Arts Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Bill Ittmann or Teri Sund at 338-2478.

CUSTOM THREADS announced winners of the fabric drawing from its grand reopening sale last week. CLEO REKART, innkeeper of the Officers' Inn Bed & Breakfast, drew the names. The winners were: AMY KEELING, Schoolhouse Quilters Guild president, CINDY SNOW, vistiting Astoria with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Astoria residents MARIKA COWAN and ROCHELLE STRAMIELLO.

Each received a packet of fabric and patterns to make a Hawaiian style block wall hanging with instructions on how to create one's own

pattern.

EMMA FENTON, JOSHUA McCORD and KATE AYRES, all Seaside High School class of 2004 graduates, have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the study of mathematics. The three graduates are receiving certificates of merit issued by the Oregon Council of Mathematics and the Oregon Department of Education in a program honoring students' accomplishments. They were selected by the Seaside mathematics department on the basis of diligence, creativity, growth and effort.

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