Encore Dance Team Members, from left, are Alli Utti, Haylie Moon, Brianna Marsch, Aysia Marinelli, Ashley Bassett, Annice McEwan, Ashley Wolfe, Abbie Henry, Hannah Garhofer and Anna May Kaim.

Ten young dancers from Encore Dance Studio in Gearhart participated in the A Dance Xtraordinaire competition in Portland Saturday. The local dance team won first place in their category and were awarded the trophy for the highest-scoring group. They were also honored for the highest score in the Junior Division.

The team went on to capture the highest score in the entire competition and was awarded "The Ultimate Xtraordinaire" award, winning a total of six awards throughout the day.

Team members, aged 7 to 9, performed and impressed the judges with two jazz routines to "Move" and "School Days." They competed against 50 other entries in styles including tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop at the regional competition.

Astoria barber BOB GOHL has been predicting local election results for 22 years. Whether it's a street levy, a swimming pool, a dogcatcher position - you name it, he's always been right. Until Tuesday. That's when his barber "poll" finally let him down. "He finally missed. His streak is broken," says his friend Willis Van Dusen, Astoria's mayor. The Fairgrounds levy was what finally tangled up Astoria's homegrown political prognosticator. Gohl expected the levy to fail for lack of a 50-percent voter turnout, but a late night influx of ballots brought the number of voters participating to a hair's breadth over the minimum. Hizzoner says Gohl has received funereal flowers at his downtown barber shop, and lots of calls. "Everybody's giving him a bad time."

Astoria High School music students and a piano accompanist, center.

Several Astoria High School students participated in the 40th annual Oregon State Solo Music Contest, and at least one of them finished with an award.

Junior Elliott Leback placed third in state on bass violin.

Other students competing in the late-April contest in Salem included junior Sam Coffey on cello, sophomore John Heick on oboe and sophomore Bridget Nurding on clarinet.

Those students may also have placed, but awards for rankings lower than the top three have not yet been announced, said Sarah DeMoss, who teaches music and strings. It was the first time at the state competition for all of the Astoria students, she said.

JANET VANDOLAH, formerly of Knappa, moved to North Dakota eight years ago. A former member of the Clatsop County Search and Rescue team, she said she started the first Clatsop Search Dog team, training the dogs herself. Her dogs, a German shepherd named GUY and a black Lab, COCHISE, were used on several searches. Her husband, LARRY VAN DOLAH, visited area schools and organizations with the dogs to teach children what to do if they ever become lost. Vandolah is sorry to report that Cochise died in April. He was 10 years old and died in his sleep. Guy is 12 years old and is healthy, except for arthritis.

Vendors at the first Astoria Sunday Market of the season May 14 racked up $70,000 in sales. "That's a bunch of money changing hands in five hours," enthused JOYCE COMPERE, the Market's director. "We broke every record we ever had for sales and we did it without adding any more vendors," Compere said, with local vendors making the most money. Visitors from 10 different states and two foreign countries signed the register at the Market's Visitors Center booth. Compere said the Market owes a great deal of its success to Wells Fargo Bank, which allows its parking lot to be used for the food court. She also thanked the city and downtown businesses for their support. The Astoria Sunday Market continues through Oct. 8.

Astoria High School will be honored this month as one of the most "super" schools in the Pacific Northwest.

News channel KATU chose AHS as its "Super School" of the month from 97 that applied in May, putting it in the running to win $1,000.

Students Miranda Abrahams, 15, and Samantha Koskela, 17, applied for the chance to be featured, banking on a long list of awards, a host of unique programs and a variety of athletic accomplishments at their high school.

Astoria High offers programs with local relevance, providing students opportunities with a school fish hatchery, in Clatsop Community College's Marine Environmental Research and Training Station, learning seamanship and learning to be fire cadets, Abrahams and Koskela said.

In addition, while the school may not have cheerleaders, it doesn't lack spirit, they said. Top cheering section in the league, the Fishermen Fanatics have rooted on similarly top-scoring teams.

And the high school has produced two National Merit Scholars in the past two years with SAT scores in the top 2 percent of the entire nation, they added.

It took an entire month for the girls to gather information to apply to the contest, which will choose one school in Oregon and one in Washington at the end of the year for $1,000 scholarships. And it worked.

The news station will attend a pep assembly May 25, showcasing Astoria High School as "the little school that could."

That's how the girls envision AHS.

"We may be small," wrote Abrahams in the nomination. "But we have big opportunities and goals."

Luke Toyooka, 1, standing on the fire engine's bumper, and his brother David Toyooka, 4, enjoy the North Coast Safety Fair Saturday. Local families learned valuable safety lessons last Saturday at a free Safety Fair put on by Safe Kids North Coast and Lum's Auto Center in observance of National Safe Kids Week. They learned about being safe in the water, on their bikes and in their homes, had the fun of maneuvering their bikes through an obstacle course and enjoyed a free barbecue lunch. The event included a bike rodeo, car seat clinic, police vehicle, U.S. Coast Guard boat, ambulance and fire truck. More than 40 kids brought their bikes and received free bike helmets for the bike rodeo. And one lucky participant, WILLIAM BROWN, 10, of Astoria, won the drawing for a Schwinn bicycle. William is the son of MARTHA and PHILIP BROWN. The bike, bike helmets and barbecue were donated by Lum's Auto Center, which also delivered the bike to William's home.

ASTORIA COUNCIL No. 1037 of the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS won top honors for outstanding council activity at the 98th annual Oregon State Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Cedar Mill. Astoria was selected as the host city for the 2008 convention. That will be the 100-year anniversary of the formation of the Astoria Council.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, communities, families and youths. The local council was involved in more than 60 projects last year, including raising money for Special Olympics, St. Vincent de Paul and college scholarships for high school seniors.

Everyone knows Astoria Mayor WILLIS VAN DUSEN, left, loves the Riverfront Trolley, which represents the fulfillment of one of his dreams for his native city. So he was thrilled when former Mayor EDITH HENNINGSGAARD-MILLER, right, presented him with a framed needlepoint picture of the trolley. Henningsgaard-Miller made the presentation at Monday's Astoria City Council meeting, saying she had been planning to give it to him at his retirement party, but he's already served for 16 years and she's not sure she can wait another 16 years for him to step down. "Edith was and always will be the best mayor of Astoria," Van Dusen said, as he accepted the gift. "But she didn't have to put up with Blair," he joked, referring to her son, Blair Henningsgaard, a member of the City Council. "Well, not here," she responded. Henningsgaard, 82, was Astoria's first and only woman mayor, serving from 1986 to 1990. She was succeeded by Van Dusen.

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