Projects at Ernie Aiken Field and the Seaside Museum are being accomplished by students from Tongue Point Job Corps Center. "The students really appreciate the opportunity to put what they're learning into practice and contribute to the community," commented Kris Saulsbury, TPJC instructor.
Dick Powell of the Astoria Rotary has enlisted the assistance of TPJC landscaping, carpentry and cement masonry students, directed by instructors Saulsbury, Jimmy Beckwith and Cliff Johnson, to update Ernie Aiken Field.
When the work began, Aiken was there to oversee. The work involves excavation of both cement and dirt to make way for larger pads. Cement will be poured, the roofs will be extended and there will be room for a shed for equipment storage. The dugouts will also be improved.
Eleven trees were planted at the Seaside Museum, which is the site of the developing Clatsop County Arboretum. The trees were provided by Pacific Power. Benny Olson of Clean Sweep donated time, bark and the use of his backhoe. Pam Fleming chose the planting configuration.
TPJC landscaping students cleared grass, planted the trees and distributed several truckfuls of bark. A new cement pad was dug and poured by the students for the future site of a new equipment shed at the museum.
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce proposed and coordinated the project. The formal dedication of the arboretum will occur in April during Oregon's Arbor week.