Preservationists come to AstoriaJohn GoodenbergerJOHN GOODENBERGER, president of the Lower Columbia Preservation Society, and DAVID PEARSON, president of the Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission and a curator at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, are part of a select group of participants attending an upcoming program designed for community leaders who are in a position to influence preservation activities in their states, regions, towns and neighborhoods. The week-long institute takes place in historic Astoria from June 5 to 12. The city will serve as a "living laboratory," where participants will study issues related to Astoria's remaining early-20th century waterfront buildings and make recommendations for their future use and preservation.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Historic Preservation Division. It is made possible by assistance from the city of Astoria. Additional support has been provided by Astoria's Builder's Supply, the Bank of Astoria, Crandall Arambula, P.C., ShoreBank Pacific Companies and the Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

A reunion with Betty Phillips, who played the piano at Fiddler's Green and Cafe Uniontown for 20 years, will begin at 7 p.m. with a no-host dinner June 12 at the Cafe Uniontown. Call 325-8708 for reservations.

Rae Goforth, reunion organizer, says, "Bet she'll play a few tunes for a sing along. If not for dinner, come on in and wish her well."

Astoria artist BILL DODGE, below, is one of more than a dozen Sunday Market participants who have signed contracts with

Dreamworks SKG to appear in the movie The Ring II, in a carnival scene which will be filmed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chinook, Wash. Dodge will feel right at home on the movie set - he was actually born on one at the Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood Feb. 21, 1934. Dodge's dad was a member of the famous film star's lighting crew at the time.

"Mom went to the studio to pick up Dad from work," Dodge explains, "and he was late and I was early!"

Dodge's movie exposure didn't end there. As an aspiring young actor, he was spotted by Universal-International Studio talent executives in a Los Angeles production of the Broadway hit, "Stalag 17," and given a screen test along with another young man. The other actor got the contract and was promptly renamed Troy Donahue.

"Just think," Dodge laughs, "there but for a serious lack of real acting talent on my part, I could have been Troy Donahue."

They're hauling out the sets and sprucing up the costumes - "Shanghaied in Astoria" is getting set to open July 8, sponsored this year by a $2,500 donation from U.S. Bank.

U.S. Bank Manager Cindy Johnson (second from left) presents a $2,500 donation check to Astor Street Opry Company President Pam Stoutenburg. Also pictured are U.S. Bank public relations officer Julie Richert and "Shanghaied in Astoria" creator and director Del Corbett."U.S. Bank is very proud to sponsor the 20th anniversary season of 'Shanghaied in Astoria,'" said Astoria District Manager Cindy Johnson. "Our bank has been committed to supporting the arts in the Astoria community since we opened our first branch here in 1937. In 2004, we will be giving more than $65,000 in cash awards to nonprofits in the Columbia Pacific Region. About one-quarter of that will support various arts organizations, including the Astor Street Opry Company's 20th anniversary production of 'Shanghaied in Astoria.' We recognize the arts are a critical part of a healthy, well-rounded community, and because we live and work here, we have a vested interest in supporting the organizations like Astor Street Opry Company."

"Shanghaied" will be performed at the Finnish Meat Market, 279 W. Marine Drive every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Sept. 11, with three Sunday matinees. Call 325-6104 for tickets to this "history-making, popcorn-throwing, community-supported event." Watch for special events throughout the season welcoming returning cast members from the past 20 years.

The Seaside Rotary Club is at again, supporting children and schools.

It started when Rotarian Stewart Martin, also a chess coach at Nehalem Elementary, boughtLeft to right: Seaside Rotarians, President Doug Dougherty, President-elect Don Wickersham, board member Stuart Martin and third-grade teacher Dan King his "no fine" badge allowing him to promote his cause without being fined by the club. He used it to explain to fellow Rotarians how the Seaside Heights third grade classes are trying to learn chess on fraying cardboard boards, with flimsy plastic pieces and little in the way of materials or books. The Rotarians quickly dug into their pockets, and in two meetings raised $300. Martin used his wholesale scholastic connection to order 20 tournament size chess sets, vinyl roll-up boards and zipper pouches. The Rotarians also funded a large demonstration chess board, on which third grade teacher and chess coach Dan King can show moves and tactics to the entire class. The Rotarians also provided a complete set of chess materials - worksheets, special games, puzzles and tactics. And they gave two German-made chess clocks, to practice chess tournament play.

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