The benefits of musicSeaside students will have a chance to become band geeks thanks to the efforts of a local business.

Deborah Lee, who along with her husband owns Randall Lee's Flooring and Home Decor, presented a check to Broadway Middle School Principal Sheila Roley this month. The money is dedicated to helping students cover instrument rentals.

Between offering a design seminar and raffling off some donated dishes, Lee was able to collect $534. Above, winner of the dishes, MARSHA DONALDSON, shows her prize.

Lee's son, 12-year-old Cameron Moore, never knew how to play an instrument until he started playing the trumpet in band.

Moore thrived in the class, and Lee decided that if band could perk her son up, it would do other kids good too.

"Some people just need a little bit of music," she said.

When cries for help interrupted DONALD T. NELSON's dinner at the Golden Star Restaurant Sunday evening, the retired pilot boat skipper sprang to the rescue of a fellow diner who was choking on a piece of food. Quickly sizing up the situation, Nelson, 76, pulled the stranger from his booth and applied the Heimlich maneuver as the victim's wife and a restaurant employee looked on. The blockage, which looked like a piece of pork, popped out and the man was OK. The couple left for home without introducing themselves, but not before sending a "thank you" drink to Nelson's table. Nelson learned the Heimlich maneuver when he served in the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. "I squeezed him pretty hard, but that's what you gotta do," Nelson said. He said the man's ribs would probably be sore the next day. "That man wouldn't be alive today if I hadn't been there," Nelson admitted modestly, when pressed by his son, JEFF NELSON, who witnessed the event and recounted his father's heroics to the EAR.

Lums Auto Center has raised $5,000 over the past few months and is dividing the money among six schools. The Drive for Schools money was raised by setting aside a portion of all car sales into a pot for the local schools. The dealership has donated the money to Knappa, Illwaco, Wash., Jewell, Warrenton and Seaside schools. Lori Lum and Guy Knight presented an oversized check for $1,500 to Astoria High School during a recent pep assembly. Pictured, left to right, are Jennifer Harmount, district manager for Toyota Motor Sales, Guy Knight and Lori Lum from Lums, AHS Athletic Director Howard Rub and AHS Principal Larry Lockett.

THE EDGEWATER INN is giving a free stay to soldiers coming home from Iraq, starting with Staff Sgt. Leif T. Landa from the Department of Defense Special Unit 1. Owner R.J. Ross said he wants to make veterans feel appreciated.

Landa, who is from Prosser, Wash., has served two tours of duty in Iraq.

The Seaside Elks Lodge, No. 1748, will also have a special dinner for each returning soldier.

Seaside Mayor Don Larson said he supported recognition for veterans.

On Sept. 2, Commander Robert Jackson, left, and military awards chairman Mel Jasmin, right, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fort Stevens Post 10580, presented DC2 John Weber of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert an award in recognition of his active participation and achieving the high standards of the Sailor of the Quarter program. Weber is from Benson, Ariz.

Sports at four area schools are beneficiaries of donations from Clatsop Post 12 American Legion.

Last Friday the Legion presented checks for $250 each to representatives of Astoria, Warrenton and Knappa high schools and Astoria Middle School for use in the schools' sports programs.

The funds came from the volunteer-run Friday night dinners hosted by the Legion and Auxiliary at the downtown Astoria post. The dinners, followed by music, are open to the public.

Barely opened three months, employees of the new Dooger's Seafood & Grill of Warrenton, participated in the 13th annual Komen Portland Race for the Cure Sunday. Among the 37,000 walkers and runners were these "Dooger's Chowder Chicks." Pictured, left to right are Michele Pierce, Julie Spath, Sara Bergerson, Denise Clevelend, Trish Winlund, Amy Bue and her mother Linda Bauchman visiting from Alaska. Kneeling is Angie Rochelle. Pati Maier took the photo.

Emil Nyberg, a member of the Kiwanis in Astoria, sold more than 3,000 raffle tickets in the recent fund-raising drive for the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program. Kiwanis members sold 50,918 tickets raising $104,197 for the program. The winning ticket for a 1965 Mustang was drawn at the Oregon State Fair by Doernbecher patient Brittany Evans.

Carol Murdock Scinto remembers watching films at the Liberty Theater as a teenager - but often the lure of a Tin Roof sundae at nearby Lawson's Fountain, which cost the same 25 cents as a movie, won out over a picture show, she said.

Scinto relived some of those days with many of her former classmates from the Astoria High School Class of 1944, who returned to town for their 60th anniversary in Mid-September. The reunion included a tour of the refurbished Liberty.

The Rockville, Md. resident and her husband have travelled through Astoria in recent years, but the reunion was her first since the five-year gathering in 1949. A total of 43 class members, almost half the original class, made it to the gathering.

"There are some people I haven't seen in 60 years," she said. "I saw two of them , and I told them I would not have recognized them on the street, but the more I looked at them, they started to look familiar."

Astoria today is more "boutique-y" than the war-time town bustling with military personnel that she remembers from her high school years, Scinto said. Many of her classmates left to join the service before graduating, but still considered themselves part of the Class of '44.

Along with the turmoil that the war brought, Scinto said her class also endured a challenge when a fire destroyed the high school during the winter of their junior year. The students attended classes in a church, a gymnasium, at Lewis and Clark School and other locations. She and her classmates "trouped from location to location," and because the weather was so cold that winter, school officials even relaxed their ban on girls wearing trousers.

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