Les Goonies Sont FantastiqueWe knew "The Goonies" was popular, but how about worldwide recognition?

A few days after Kathleen STRECKER's feature, "Still Goonie after all these years," appeared in the Oct. 6 edition of The Daily Astorian, a comment was submitted over the newspaper's Web site from Frederic China, the Webmaster of the French Goonies site, (http://goonies1632.free.fr).

"I'm very impatient to see the new documentary!" he wrote. When we e-mailed him for more information, he responded: "I love Goonies and I love Astoria since my childhood! First one - Sorry for my English errors. I don't speak very well.

He revealed that he is 23 and has been a fan since the age of eight. "I live in France and I would like very much go and live at Astoria. I would like take ... pictures and meet the owner of the Goonies house." He collects Goonies merchandising (via ebay.com) and has seen the movie 200 times. "I live in the 80s, I live in the Goonies. I'm a French Goonie!"

He is looking for a job in graphic and Web design (infographiste in French) and has a site at (http://angelstudio.free.fr)

"I'm enchanted to participate on your newspaper!" he concluded.

When TIMOTHY MONDLOCH, below, age 4, found out that his older brother, AARON MONDLOCH, 9, was going to walk across the Astoria Bridge in the Great Columbia Crossing Oct. 12, with classmates from Astor Elementary, he said he wanted to do it too.

"So I went down and registered all of us," said Timothy's mother, MARY JO MONDLOCH.

Aaron and his father, BRIAN MONDLOCH, finished the walk in 1 hour, 36 minutes. Timothy and his mom finished in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 34 seconds.

Young Timothy walked the whole way and said afterwards that his legs were tired and he didn't want to do it again - until next year, when his legs will be a bit longer! At the finish line, his father Brian said, "he was not sure whether to laugh or cry."

Mary Jo believes that Timothy was the youngest registered participant in the event this year. One problem with being so young is that the T-shirt he got is "just a little bit too big." But he'll grow into it. "We are all very proud of him for the tremendous effort he undertook," said Brian. Well done Timothy!

SHARON VISSER, aboveleft, and CHRIS FORD, of the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District show off the Lifesaving Award they received Oct. 6 from the Oregon Recreation and Park Association - Aquatic Section. The award is one of four that recognizes lifeguards who have performed their duty and made a significant difference in the life of another. Visser and Ford helped save a 15-year-old swimmer at the Sunset Pool in February.

Harvest time is being celebrated at Country Life Farms in Banks with a scarecrow corn maze, left, apple cider making, hay wagon rides, face painting and hot dogs. You can also "fling apples at the scarecrows with the giant sling shot," say KIM and STEVE SAHNOW.

The farm is open every weekend in October from 9:30 a.m. to dusk, and entry fee is $4 with a small pumpkin; $5 with a large one.

To get there, take U.S. Highway 26 east, go 3 miles past the Banks exit and turn left on Harrison Road; then turn left onto Hahn Road and follow the signs.

For more information, call the Sahnows at (503) 647-2564.

At a recent meeting of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, KERRY HAWLEY of Astoria gave a presentation on his visit to the National Rural Mental Health Conference in Orlando, Fla., where he represented Greater Oregon Behavioral Healthcare, the parent organization of Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare.

Some of the topics in his presentation were fighting stigma, disaster response, suicide, binge drinking and obesity.

Do you have ears? If so, mail them to Lyn Baker, The Daily Astorian, P.O. Box 210, Astoria, OR 97103; fax to (503) 325-6573; or e-mail to lbaker@dailyastorian.com

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