Weyerhaeuser gives grant to United WayUnited Way of Clatsop County received a $1,000 grant from the Seaside and Warrenton Weyerhaeuser operations through the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. The grant will be included in the 2003 campaign funds scheduled for allocation Thursday. The campaign funds will used to help the 16 health and human service organizations in Clatsop County who receive financial support from UWCC.

"The generous contribution and support from Weyerhauser is an important component in the campaign," said Jim Servino of United Way as he accepted the check from Susan Pettit Wednesday. Pettit and Rosemary Baker-Monaghan are in-house campaign coordinators at the Warrenton and Seaside Weyerhaeuser facilities.

Pettit stressed that the grant came from both facilities. Seaside is headed by Resource Manager Phil Pentilla and Warrenton is headed by Unit Manager Dale Williams.

Three spades! Four no trumps! For those who thought grand slams only existed in baseball, comes news of bridge classes being offered beginning Saturday.

There will be two free lessons for beginners offered at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and Jan. 17, at Calvary Episcopal Church Hall, 501 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside. This will be followed by a six-week course on Bridge Basics with a fee of $5 per lesson for adults 18 and over (younger than 18 free). For more information, call 738-7817.

A junior Girl Scout troop for girls 8 to 11 or in grades three through six is forming in the Gearhart/Seaside area. Troop leader Tammy Suitor welcomes any girls and their parents who are interested in joining.

For more information, call Suitor at 861-0880 or e-mail her at

(pacific_stargazer@yahoo.com).

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From left, Florence Belknap, Betty Chilson and Charlie Peters of the Astoria Eagles Lodge dispense Christmas cheer at the annual Coast Rehab Christmas dinner.

For more than 20 years Astoria Eagles Aerie No. 2189 has been putting on Christmas dinner for clients of Coast Rehabilitation Services, complete with turkey and Christmas presents. BETTY CHILSON coordinated with all of Coast Rehab's group homes for clients' names and what they wished for. Clients' gift wishes were written on paper stars and hung on a tree so Eagles members could make sure those wishes come true. Santa and Mrs. Claus (CHARLIE PETERS and FLORENCE BELKNAP) passed out presents to each client. Belknap is the Eagles' original Mrs. Claus; Peters took over as Santa a few years ago.

When the community learned that mentally ill clients of Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare's Open Door program needed warm clothing and blankets, the response was swift and generous. Dozens of coats, sweaters and blankets came in along with cash from an anonymous donor according to Open Door's director, ROBERTA BARBOUR. "It's nice to know that people in the community care about their situation," Barbour said.

JUANITA PRICE of the local affiliate of NAMI, an advocacy group for the mentally ill, said the coat drive was a huge success. "The response was enough to provide something for everyone who wanted one." Open Door had to install a coat rack, and continues to accept donations. The program depends mainly on state funding, which has been cut because of ongoing budget problems in Salem. Open Door serves about 130 clients per year.

Two Seaside piano students have been awarded Distinctions in Music Theory by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Thirteen-year-old Cullen Su and his 10-year-old sister, Vickie Su, each received certificates from England, advancing them to the next level of musical achievement.

Cullen Su was one of two students from Oregon and southern Washington to achieve a perfect score on the four-page music theory exam, which is taken by students all over the world. Vickie Su was hot on his heels with a score of 98 percent.

Cullen and Vickie are the children of Shu-Juan Lin and Yi-Cheng Su of Seaside. Their piano teacher is Vicky McGath.

When Tillamook lawyer JOHN HATHAWAY died Dec. 31 at age 84, flags were flown at half-staff in his honor. Hathway had served as Tillamook County District Attorney for 25 years, starting in 1948, and was honored by the Oregon State Bar Association in 1996 for his 50 years of practicing law. He was still operating his private practice at the time of his death. Known as a kind man with a great sense of humor, Hathaway enjoyed playing pranks and was a big fan of University of Oregon sports, as well as a gourmet chef who made wonderful eggs Benedict. He died one day before the 62nd anniversary of his marriage to Virginia Hammer, who died in 1999. Family members say they can picture them dancing in heaven now. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tillamook United Methodist Church.

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