Callers for the Seaside Heights Elementary PTO's Bingo Night were Seaside Mayor Don Larson, left, and Seaside Police Chief Bob Gross.The Seaside Heights Elementary Parent Teacher Organization's Bingo Night Feb. 7 raised about $2,500 for rewards for children with perfect attendance, field trips and money for teachers to spend on their classes.

PTO President LAURA KAIM said the bingo, raffle and silent auction of pieces of furniture the children had repainted and decorated was a great success. She thanked members of the community for their efforts, including middle school students, parents, teachers and staff, and local businesses for their donations.

The Clatsop Katrina Recovery Effort now has a truck donated by U-Haul to transport donations to help support Wiggins, Miss., a town hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. Wiggins was chosen for Clatsop County to sponsor in the long term because it is a similar area.

Organizer REED DAUGHERITY praised the community for the generous donations already made. However, he said the drivers will need food, gas, pillows and funds to fly back and he would welcome more donations of clothes, books, computers and blankets for the truck. Mail checks made out to the Clatsop Katrina Recovery Effort to Daugherity at 1653 Jerome Ave., Astoria, OR 97103. For more information, contact him at (503) 738-8535 or e-mail

Brian Beaulaurier, 2003 graduate of Naselle High School (Wash.), has completed the Whitewater Intensive Leadership Development course. The 90-day training started Aug. 26 and finished Nov. 26. The program provides instruction and certification in whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rafting, guiding, river boarding, swift water rescue and wilderness first aid.

Beaulaurier traveled throughout Canada, the eastern United States and Mexico. Upon completion of the course, he flew from Mexico City to Santiago, Chile, to work for Expediciones Chile as a guide. The company offers river runs and adventure trips during their summer. Beaulaurier takes clients from around the world sea kayaking from the Andes Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. He works in southern Chile, generally referred to as Patagonia. When not out on trips and staying in eco-camps, Beaulaurier lives in the small community of Futaleufu, which is located in a heavily forested river valley. This is his second summer working in Chile.

Beaulaurier is the son of Scott and Patti Beaulaurier of Naselle. He will return to Naselle this May.

From left: Astoria School Board chairman Bob Johnson, seventh-grader Bronson Gardner, Mayor Willis Van Dusen, eighth-grader Taylor Landwehr, high school junior Skyler Butenshon, Safeway public relations director Bridget Flanagan, Safeway store manager Robert Boland and school board member Brad Pope.The coins and cash collected at Safeway registers last year will bring thousands of dollars in funding for extracurricular activities at Astoria schools.

Donations totaled more than $6,300 in 2005 at the local store on Lief Erikson Drive, which chose the school district for its annual benefit, store manager Robert Boland said.

Safeway presented a check to the school district at an Astoria High School assembly last week. The money will go toward extracurricular activities for grades seven through 12, Superintendent Mike Sowder said.

Tracy Forrester-Brawley, pictured below left, former Astoria resident, spent Super Bowl week doing what most of us only dream about.

The daughter of Jim and Georgia Forrester of Astoria and a 1999 graduate of Astoria High School and 2003 graduate of Linfield College, Forrester-Brawley is employed as an account executive for mPRm Public Relations of Los Angeles, Calif.

As part of her duties, she was assigned to spend Super Bowl week in Detroit as PR spokesperson for her client, Jimmy Kimmel of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Kimmel flew his staff to Detroit to do a week's worth of live shows from the GEM Theater, just next door to the Ford Stadium. The many guests for the week included Kid Rock, Eminem, P. Diddy, Jessica Alba, David Spade, Matt Hasselbeck, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Hank Williams.

Forrester-Brawley also does public relations for Tyra Banks of "America's Next Top Model." She lives in Burbank, Calif., with her husband, Andrew Brawley.

From left, Astoria High School sophomore Chris Palmerton, junior Maren Holyoak and sophomore Meredith Barnes enjoy their school's new art supplies.A recent art sale and dinner hosted by local businesses netted Astoria High School's art department $750, a donation it used to buy "all kinds of equipment we never had," art instructor Nancy Spaan said.

That equipment includes airbrushes, glass bead making tools, paints and other supplies, she said. The benefit was sponsored by Fulio's Pastaria and RiverSea Gallery.

"With a budget frozen since 1990, it's great to have this type of community support," Spaan said.

John Jacob Astor Elementary School students jumped rope to raise $3,633 for the American Heart Association last week.

Astor physical education specialist Brian Babbitt said the entire school was involved in the annual Jump Rope For Heart last Friday and couldn't have done it without support from the community.

The Ear has learned that young pianist Kamila Swerdloff, pictured below right, an eighth-grader at Astoria Middle School, was a recent winner in the Baroque Festival competition sponsored by the Portland Chapter of the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA).

Some 250 Portland area students participated and only a few were invited back for the honors recital Feb. 11. She is shown here with the trophy she received for her efforts. She is the daughter of Lucien and Ute Swerdloff of Astoria. Her teacher is Alexandra Myers, who has been a member of OMTA for 20 years and reports this is the first student she has felt was ready to compete at this level. Congratulations, Kamila!

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