TAPIOLA PLAYGROUND PROJECT participants didn't let any grass grow under their feet after Monday's groundbreaking ceremony. On Tuesday, local members of the U.S. COAST GUARD and the NATIONAL GUARD were already removing old equipment and digging a trench for the 5-foot high MOSAIC WALL, depicting the Columbia River and its inhabitants. The mosaic mural is a project of students in ASTORIA MIDDLE SCHOOL ART TEACHER REBECCA SENTGEORGE'S five art classes. She designed the mural and the STUDENTS made the tiles that will eventually form one seamless picture of the river and its inhabitants. It's their community service project for the year.

Hilda Lahti School Principal PAULA MILLS told the EAR that the school recently won a $1,300 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust. The money will support the school's SOAR (Support Our Active Readers) program, which is modeled after SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). The grant will pay for books, including free books for kids and books for the SOAR library, and printing and certificates. SOAR currently serves around 30 kids.

The wild adventures of a group of misfit kids still rings true for hundreds of people. The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce estimates that 1,000 fans came to the "Goonies Never Say Die" event celebrating the 20th anniversary of "The Goonies," which was filmed in Astoria.

Goonies buffs got to meet stars of the movie and see the sites the film made famous, but the weekend seems to have provided excitement for the community as well, says event organizer REGINA WILLKIE. Some hotels saw a 30 percent increase in occupancy rates over last year, and restaurants owners and merchants she talked to also saw a jump in business.

The North Coast will gain even greater national recognition Wednesday. From 7 to 9 a.m., "Good Morning America" (ABC-TV) is expected to air a taped segment on the attractions of our region, including the many arts activities, the recent Liberty Theater reopening and the upcoming Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

The call came out of the blue, said SKIP HAUKE, executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, who was interviewed by a New York producer. REGINA WILLKIE at the chamber also pitched in. Photo expert CHRIS BRYANT of Astoria worked hard to get the TV folks some video and the Port of Astoria's crew provided some details about cruise ships. "We did a good sales job," said Hauke.

Members of the Astoria chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a flag retirement ceremony Tuesday at Fort Stevens.

Regent SUE GLEN reported that 25 flags were turned in for retirement. In addition to many visitors at the park, two classes from Our Lady of Sorrows School in Portland were in attendance.

In case you're ever a contestant on "Jeopardy" facing the category, "Classic Car Colors," take note of this comment e-mailed to The Daily Astorian by TOM CERWINSKE of Otley, Iowa. Cerwinske read the feature story about the Muscle Beach Cruz in the June 9 Coast Weekend and noted that the 1969 Camaro belonging to PAM ACKLEY of Seaside was described as "hemi orange," referring to the paint color that came on the original hemi engine and was extended to cover the entire car.

"Camaros are not 'hemi orange.' They are 'hugger orange,'" Cerwinske wrote. When the Ear asked him to explain, he responded, "The part about the 'hemi orange' color is correct. Even today, if you buy paint for a Chrysler hemi engine, it is called 'hemi orange.' In 1969, GM offered for the first time 'hugger orange' on the Camaro, which is the color of the Camaro in the article. 'Hemi orange' and 'hugger orange' could be the same mixture, but definitely named differently by Chrysler and GM."

Cerwinske's brother, MARK CERWINSKE, e-mailed him the Coast Weekend article. Mark lives in McMinnville and came to Seaside for the Muscle Beach Cruz.

Tongue Point Job Corps Seamanship students recently enjoyed some first-hand sea stories from author and Master Mariner, Capt. Kelly Sweeney, with beard, above. Sweeney visited the vocation during book release tour. He spent about an hour with the students, sharing excerpts from his book, "From the Bridge." "I think I taught them a thing or two about life at sea, but there are just some things they're going to have to learn first hand," laughed Sweeney.

Sweeney worked on nearly 40 vessels during his sea-going career including oil tankers, freighters and passenger ships. Though still an active mariner, for the past four years, Capt. Sweeney has been a columnist and contributing editor to Pacific Maritime Magazine.

His book includes first-hand accounts of the maritime industry mixed with humor and inspiration. The book is available at the Columbia River Maritime Museum bookstore.

GREER and JOHN GILLILAND live only a block from the Warrenton Fire Station, but they didn't find out about Tuesday's tsunami warning until the next morning. And the news came from another country and another time zone, in the form of an e-mail from their daughter, SUSI WILLIAMS, who has lived in Amsterdam for the last 20 years. She saw a story about the West Coast tsunami scare on BBC-TV and e-mailed her parents to make sure they were OK.

The e-mail arrived about 8:30 Wednesday morning. "That's the first we heard of it," Greer Gilliland said. She said her daughter worked for the Gresham Outlook as a teenager growing up in Portland. Obviously, Susi has retained her nose for news.

Nine young women from Seaside High School were entertained at the annual scholarship tea hosted by Seaside Chapter CR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood on May 12, at the Surf Pines home of Dana Weston. The attendees included SARAH LALONDE, KAISA EDY, NANCY OLSON, JEANNE PFUND, JOSIE BENFIELD, AHNA MOLAN, ASHLEY WENTWORTH-HUMPHREY, KATIE DOUGHERTY and LAURA SIBLEY.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women through grants, loans and scholarships. Chapter CR offers a $1,000 scholarship each year to a graduating senior. This year Edy will receive the scholarship.

Working against the tide and the occasional downpour Saturday, the hardy artisans at Cannon Beach's annual Sandcastle Day poured their heart and their talent into their work to create a shoreline gallery of sand sculptures. And the winners are:

Masters: Hard Sand Cafe

Large Group: First - Rocky Butte Kids; Second - Sand Dudes; Third - Windbreakers

Small Group: First - Mygrains; Second - Pelland Pirates; Third - Sandpebbles

Sand Teens: First - Beach Bums; Second - CBC No. 1; Third - All in the Family

Sand Juniors: First - Hello Kitty Fever; Second - The Sharks; Third - Average Joes

Sand Fleas: All are winners!

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