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Volume 1, Issue 31                                                                         September 16, 2017


Photo by Nellie Hux

Tongue Point Students Receive Standing Ovation For Helping Dogs

Management & Training Corporation

Courtesy of Katrina Morrell Gasser, Business & Community Liaison

The Tongue Point Job Corps Center was honored to receive the Chopper’s Hero of the Year award at the Fences For Fido Backyard Heroes Gala event. Students and staff provided more than 500 hours of service to build fences and help the nonprofit’s goal of unchaining our four-legged friends in Oregon and Washington.

Students James Johnson, Jared Norvell, Nathan Peacock, and Christina Rowell along with staff Robbi Richeson and David Ramsey were met with a standing ovation during the event. And not only did they provide a tremendous service, students were also able to practice their building construction technology, carpentry and leadership skills.

Fences for Fido was so impressed with Tongue Point Job Corps’ service, they put together a short video. Click above to view the story. The video captures these students and staff:

“I’m Chase Leatherman. I’m 19 years old. I’m a student at Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Astoria, Oregon. I’m here because I met Robbie, my GED instructor, in class. And she asked me if I liked dogs and liked to work. And, the answer was yes to both.”

“I am Nathan Peacock. I am 19. I’m currently a student at Tongue Point Job Corps. The reason I started doing this is, while I was in the GED class my teacher Robbie told me about something she thought I would enjoy. She wanted me to get involved, and I really wanted to because I love animals. I’ve had dogs my whole life.”

“I am the academics GED instructor at Tongue Point Job Corps. My name is Robbie Richesen. I’m very passionate about animals, and I’m very passionate about unchaining animals. And I think my students definitely feel the same way. The fact that they keep coming back and checking in with me and signing up for building projects, repeatedly, shows me my students are engaged with their love for animals. And they feel very good about what they’re doing, so we’re going to continue doing this building fenced-in areas for dogs. It wouldn’t have happened if the Job Corps center in Astoria had not jumped and said, fabulous idea. We want you to do this. We will give you the use of the vans and lunches for your kids. You have our support and you can volunteer as many times as you like.”

Chase adds, “I’m so grateful that she offered me the opportunity to come here and do this. She always goes out of her way to help everybody.  And she gives us the chance to give back. We’re grateful for the chance to help others.”

Peggy says, “She looks at it as kind of a reward for her students. And, the students are very willing to give up a lot of hours from their free time. She says she is very moved that her students are being recognized.”

The Star-Spangled Banner and Patriotism:

100th Year of Finnish Independence

By Barb Swanson

When I think of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” I think of the definition of patriotism: being attached to your homeland, showing respect for the country in which you live and being thankful for the freedom that others fought to give you. 

I know that here in our town of Naselle, Finnish immigrants were very thankful for the freedoms that our country offered: religious as well as political. They looked forward to acquiring their own land and raising their families here. The pride that our ancestors had is still felt today. Patriotic songs are still taught and performed in our local schools and children still proudly say the flag salute in our small school district.

Patriotism goes hand in hand with preserving the culture of our area; our own Finnish/American Folk festival being one of the cultural events our community is hoping to preserve. The culture of our town is relative to the patriotism of our country. We are attached to our homeland!

As we celebrate our 100th year of Finnish Independence with cultural performances, lectures and events, our country celebrates the 200th year anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”     

Francis Scott Key wrote the words in poem form, after he witnessed the flag waving during the bombing of Fort McHenry by the British Navy. Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics on 9/13/1814, inspired by the War of 1812 and the flag that continued to fly during the war.  Fort McHenry withstood the day long bombing and inspired Francis Key to write the words that would become the future U.S. national anthem!

The Star-Spangled Banner” was popular during the 1800’s, but didn’t become the National Anthem until the early 1930’s. President Herbert Hoover signed it in 1931. 

The poem written by Francis Scott Key was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for a men’s social club called: the “Anacreontic Society,” in London, England. The song was already popular in the United States. It was set to Francis Key’s poem and then was renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  Although the poem has 4 stanzas, only the first is commonly sung these days.  

In 1948, President Truman ordered Fort McHenry to fly the flag around the clock as a symbol of patriotism. Today, the flag still “waves” over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. 

Celebrations will be held around the country, especially in Baltimore.

Fort McHenry, where the original bombing took place during the War, will host lots of events and patriotic splendor. They expect at least 600,000 visitors, however since it is the bicentennial, it could be up to 800,000 visitors to the area. 

For those interested, a park ranger will be on hand to share details of the War of 1812.  Mr. Plamann, a ranger at Ft. McHenry for the past 47 years, knows his history very well.  He hosts a program called “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” and draws a crowd to open a full-sized flag.  As people of all ages hold onto the flag, he shares the history of the flag and its maker, Mary Pickersgill, who made two flags for the fort. 

Visitors can walk through the fort, explore the fort’s bomb shelters and even sit in the original bunk beds. They can also stand on the “ramparts” and look out over the Patapsco River to see the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 

Baltimore will also be hosting a Star-Spangled Spectacular with tall ships, boat tours, Blue Angels flyovers, a big fire-works show and a concert with celebrity performances. A true spectacle of patriotism! 

In Washington D.C., several events will be held, including a sing-a-long of the anthem on one of the lawns across from the U.S. Capitol building. 

I would love to jet down to Baltimore to take in the patriotic festivities, however, I think I will stay home and enjoy the elk grazing in my back yard, and the freedoms of living in a safe and friendly community, as I await a visit from one of my daughters. I am (indeed) attached to my homeland. 



County Manager’s Office

Noteworthy Department Updates

By Cameron Moore

Public Works. County Surveyor Vance Swenson (left) and Surveyor Tech Will Lawrence (right) conducted research in the vault at the Road Division Office that revealed some valuable and important right-of-way petition files dating from the 1870s.

They included a roadway petition from 1873 for a rightof-way and roadway from Knappa to John Day River, more or less. Some noteworthy names among the signatures are Svensen and Burnside. This document would be similar to a birth certificate for a person, though for the roadway.

While these records are old, they are the beginnings of the County and City and State roadway system. The County Surveyor’s Office along with the County Clerk and Roadmaster all work diligently and with passion to preserve, archive and understand these records to protect public and private property in Clatsop County.

Clerk and Elections. Clatsop County continues to seek applicants for the Board of Property Tax Appeals. The BOPTA is responsible for hearing taxpayer appeals for reduction of the real market or assessed value of real and personal property. A BOPTA board consists of three members, and positions are open to residents of the county who are not employees or members of a taxing district within the county. The term begins on October 15, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2018. One day of training is held in January prior to the hearings process. The BOPTA generally holds 3-4 days of daytime meetings scheduled between the first Monday in February and the end of March to hear petitions. The committee adjourns no later than April 15, 2016. Members receive $75 per day of service.

Special Election. Two measures have been submitted and will appear on the November 7, 2017 Special Election ballot. The City of Gearhart Measure 4-188 Repeals and Replaces Gearhart’s Vacation Rental Dwellings Ordinance and the City of Warrenton Measure 4-189 Five Year Library Operations Local Option Levy. Ballots will be mailed only to those registered voters in the City of Gearhart and the City of Warrenton. There is no voter’s pamphlet for the November 7 Special Election; voter’s pamphlets are printed for the May Primary Election and November General Election in even numbered years.

Emergency Management. September, aka “Preparedness Month,” is off to a rolling start with three community outreach events already under our belt. Throughout September/October, CCEMD will be participating at preparedness events throughout the County – look for event information on our Facebook page.

Eagle Creek Deployment. Emergency Management deployed to the Eagle Creek Fire Friday morning to relieve the Hood River County Emergency Manager and serve as emergency operations manager for the next three days. It represents a wonderful opportunity to help our neighbors to the east and gain valuable experience while doing so.

Board of Commissioners Meeting Highlights

By Cameron Moore

Housing Study Funding. The board approved a memorandum of understanding between Clatsop County and the cities of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton to fund a comprehensive study of local housing issues. Under the agreement the county will pay $50,000 and the cities $10,000 each toward the cost of the study, for which the county will issue a request for proposals from potential contractors.

Veterans Services Contract. The board approved a contract with Veterans Services Officer Luke Thomas that increases funding for the current fiscal year to $116,148, reflecting additional revenue made available for veterans services statewide through a voter-approved ballot measure. The county contributes $20,486 toward the contract.

The program provides counseling to military veterans and their spouses on available benefits, assistance with applications, outreach and other services. In his proposed budget Thomas indicated the added funding will allow for an administrative assistant to handle requests for service, as well as increased weekly meetings with veterans.

Other Business.In other business the board: 

-Approved the Southeast Seaside Urban Renewal Plan. County approval was required because small areas of unincorporated land are included in the new urban renewal district. A 40-acre parcel outside the city limits originally proposed for inclusion was deleted by the City Seaside before the plan’s presentation to the county for final approval.

-Approved partition plats in the county-owned North Coast Business Park in Warrenton creating new parcels to help accommodate future development. The board also approved a petition to the City of Warrenton to vacate street rights-of-way from an undeveloped subdivision located in the business park.

-Appointed Jacqueline Pressly to the county Planning Commission.

-Proclaimed September to be National Preparedness Month.

Razor Clam Digs Announced

By Julez Orr and Laurie Freeman

Freshly dug razor clams.

Hey, razor clam fans: It’s time to haul the shovel out of storage and dust off the waders because tentative fall and winter clam digs were announced last week.

Razor clam digs. Tentative fall and winter razor clam digs on the Long Beach Peninsula are:

Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach

Oct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach

Nov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach

Nov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach

Nov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach

Dec. 2, Saturday, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach

Dec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach

Dec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach

Dec. 31, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach

Clam digging is a quintessential coastal activity on the Long Beach Peninsula, where miles and miles of silver-sand beach open up to razor clam diggers each fall and winter. It’s pure family fun that’s as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Daily limits are 15 clams per licensed digger, so it’s easy to pull a feast from the sand in less than an hour.

You can borrow clam guns for free from the Visitors Bureau in Seaview. And shellfish licenses can be purchased from the Seaview Mobil station across the street from the VB, Dennis Company and Pioneer Market in Long Beach and Jack’s Country Store in Ocean Park.

How to dig and clean. Find digging and cleaning instructions here, as well as a few favorite recipes.

You’ve bought your shellfish license and hauled the clam gun out of storage. You‘ve dusted off the waders and repaired the old mesh net. You’ve pulled your limit of razor clams from the sand and are feeling pretty good about yourself.

So, now what? Digging razor clams is the fun part, but cleaning and cooking the shapely bivalves can be a challenge. Luckily, we’re here to help.

Step 1) First things first. Make sure you have the necessities before heading out to dig – a Washington state shellfish license and clam gun or shovel are absolute musts. Familiarize yourself with daily limits, dig times and dig rules.

Step 2) Flushing. Now that your daily limit is sitting in the kitchen sink, you’ll want to soak the razor clams in a pot of water (we prefer salt water) for two to three hours. This allows the razor clams to flush sand out of their systems.

Step 3) Cleaning. This YouTube video below clearly shows the cleaning process. Quickly blanch your razor clams before cleaning to open shells. The cleaning process takes only a couple minutes per clam and yields a good portion of meat.

Step 4) Cooking. Here’s where things can get tricky. Not because razor clams are difficult to cook (the opposite is true!), but because there are so many appetizing options. We’ll stick with the Big Three: chowders, fritters and fries.

Recipes. Fried razor clams: 2 eggs; 1 cup all-purpose flour; 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs); Cleaned razor clams; Salt to taste; Pepper to taste; Oil for frying. Beat eggs in a bowl. Mix flour, salt and pepper in a second bowl. Place panko in third bowl. Dip clams into the egg, then flour, then panko, covering clams evenly. Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Fry clams until lightly brown, about 1 minute on each side. Dry on paper towels. Serve with your favorite condiment.

Clam fritters (from Ilwaco High School culinary arts class): 1/2 cup all-purpose flour; 1 tablespoon baking powder; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/8 teaspoon pepper; 9 ounces minced clams; 1 egg; 3 tablespoons milk; 1/3 cup diced onion; 1/3 cup grated potato; 1/3 cup cranberries (mashed for juice); 1 cup bread crumbs; Oil for frying. Combine and mix ingredients. Form into 2-inch diameter patties. Heat oil in skillet to medium-high heat. Fry patties until golden brown (about 1-2 minutes each side). Dry on paper towels. Serve with your favorite condiment. 

Clam chowder: Now here’s where things get really tricky. Clam chowder tastes can be as personal as our own palate. Some like their chowder thick and creamy; others like it thin and soupy. Some like it milky; some like it buttery. Some, apparently, even like it red. Here’s a simple recipe to get you started. 1 pound thick-cut bacon strips, diced; 2 pounds potatoes, diced; 1 onion, minced; 2 cloves garlic, minced; 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour; 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk; 1 cup heavy cream; 10-16 ounces diced razor clams; 1 bay leaf; Salt and pepper to taste. Cook bacon until crisp. Add potatoes, onion and garlic to fat; cook 7-10 minutes. Stir in flour; cook together about 1 minute. Add evaporated milk, heavy cream, clam liquid and bay leaf to potato mixture; stir. Bring mixture to simmer, reduce heat to medium, cook until potatoes soften, about 15 minutes. Add clams; cook until clams are hot.

Hungry for more razor clam recipes? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife offers more than a dozen recipes on its website:

A Task Force Rises in Clatsop County

By Wendi Agalzoff-LaRue

With over 300,000 acres in Oregon actively burning, Clatsop County agencies have come together to send fire fighters and equipment to critical areas.  Most recently, Clatsop County has put together a taskforce to join the other 930 individuals working on the Eagle Creek Fire near Hood River, OR.  

Eagle Creek fires swiftly moved through the Columbia River Gorge and merged with the Indian Creek fire to create a wildfire over 30,000 acres in size.  On September 5, Knappa Fire District, Seaside, Gearhart, Cannon Beach, Warrenton, Olney-Waluski and Lewis and Clark Fire Agencies created a Clatsop County Taskforce to provide assistance on the rapidly growing fire.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, Governor Kate Brown declared the fire a conflagration, enabling additional structural resources to be assigned.  Thus, an interagency incident management team assumed command of the fire and is fully integrated with Oregon Department of Forestry.  Under the unified command is the US Forest Service, the Oregon State Fire Marshal as well as the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  While Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fires have been causing a lot of press due to the high levels of ash cascading all the way to the mouth of the Columbia River, members from Clatsop County are also fighting fires in other areas of Oregon.

To address this momentous 2017 fire season, Oregon Department of Forestry manage crews by utilizing the Complete and Coordinated Fire Protection System- a collaboration to utilize everyone’s resources within a single plan which can include private operators, landowners and the plethora of local, federal and state agencies.  Also part of the plan is over 600 National Guard units being trained to replace seasonal firefighters that have been the backbone to fire suppression this season.  With over a half-million acres burning throughout the Pacific Northwest, the wildfires are impacting the entire region.  “There are now more than 10,300 firefighters and support personnel working to stop the fires in the Northwest,” said Bureau of Land Management.

To stay up to date on fires throughout Oregon check into the Wildfire Oregon Blog at: 

Northwest Large Fire Interactive Map at:

“Where There is Fire, There is Smoke”

By Barb Swanson

Photo by Joseph C.Stone

Much of our beloved states of Oregon and Washington have been inundated with fires, choking smoke and showering ash. People with breathing problems have been warned to stay indoors throughout much of the state. Very scary times indeed.

I have life threatening asthma myself, along with lung disease so (of course) have been staying indoors for the last few days, thankful I have air filters and a heat pump. For so many others, they are suffering at work with the heat, smoke and air quality concerns. So many firefighters are putting their lives at risk, trying to get a handle on controlling the fires and saving homes and historical sites.

A big uncontrolled fire right now is the one burning in what was once our most beautiful Columbia Gorge. The Eagle Creek fire, was ignited from the Eagle Creek Trail in the scenic gorge by a teen who decided to drop fireworks down into the dry forest. Over 30,000 acres of land are burning, as both the Indian Creek and the Eagle Creek fires have merged together.

Incredible as it sounds, the fire jumped the Columbia River to threaten residents on the Washington side of the gorge, called the Archer Mountain fire. About 75 firefighters are battling fires there stretched over 75 acres of land. Evacuation orders are in place for residents in both Oregon and Washington.

On the Oregon side, Firefighters spent hours trying to protect the famous Multnomah Falls lodge and have saved this century old historical building! These firefighters kept the lodge wetted down while the fire stormed all around it and falling embers threatened the building. I salute them!

Interstate 84 is closed to all traffic between Troutdale and Hood River and the Coast Guard suspended marine travel along the Columbia River. Evacuation orders are still in place for several communities east of Multnomah county.

Firefighters are working to protect homes, historical structures and park sites. They have put out several spot fires to the west of the big blaze. Crews are conducting burnout operations near Cascade Locks to prevent the fire from reaching the town. They are hoping the chance of rain will look favorably on their efforts to control the fires. 

More than 600 firefighters from across the state are still working to contain the Eagle Creek Fire that has merged with the Indian Creek fire. There has been difficult terrain, along with heavy smoke, which has limited the ability to fight the fire from the air. Thanks to the brave efforts of the firefighters, no one has been injured so far in the fires.  Over 2,000 trees will now have to be removed so they don’t fall on the long stretch of Interstate 84, which remains closed.

The very smoky Eagle Creek Fire has created challenges for schools from Corbett and Cascade Locks to Portland and Clark County. The unhealthy air and ash are posing a real problem. Several schools have been either closed or running half days.

Firefighters are battling 24 fires throughout the state of Oregon alone. A smoky haze continues to hang over Oregon’s towns and cities. Even the coastal towns have been effected by this smoke. Fires throughout Oregon and Washington have caused a blanket of smoke to hover over us.

Firefighters undergo choking smoke, extreme heat, and dangers of so many kinds while trying to keep fires under control and save structures from burning. Firefighters are the true heroes of our communities, towns and cities. They deserve our thanks, our gratitude and most important of all, our deep appreciation for the lives they save, the homes they protect, and the forests and outdoor environments they try to preserve. 

As I sit in my house trying to keep my asthma at bay, I am reminded of the incredible feats going on around me. I can’t thank them enough, the firefighters, the heroes trying to protect our land. I am grateful!



Building Inspection Services will be Limited 

September 25 - 29

By David Kloss

During the week of Sept. 25-29, Building Codes Division inspection services will be limited while staff attend 2017 Oregon Building Officials Association continuing education classes.

The Building Codes Division counter will remain open as usual, but the inspection staff will be very limited. Please review the following schedule:

Monday, Sept. 25. Full inspection staff on duty. Tuesday, Sept. 26. One inspector on duty; inspections will be very limited. Wednesday, Sept. 27. No inspection staff on duty; inspections will not be conducted. Thursday, Sept. 28. One inspector on duty; inspections will be very limited. Friday, Sept. 29. Full inspection staff on duty.

Priority will be given to: Concrete inspections and Single Family Dwelling final inspections seeking occupancy approval.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this temporary inspection schedule to Building Official David Kloss, (503) 338-3697.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Get on the Clam Bucks List!

By Kelsey Balensifer

Clam Bucks are a great way to entice runners/walkers to visit your business around the Great Columbia Crossing 10k. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 15. Clam Bucks will be good from Thursday, October 12 (the first day of race packet pick up) to Wednesday, October 18, allowing participants a full week to use them.

Each of our 3,500 race participants receives five (5) Clam Bucks -- worth $1 each -- to spend at participating Chamber member restaurants, stores or attractions. After October 19, participating businesses that accepted Clam Bucks can return them to the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce for a refund of $0.50 each. 

What are Clam Bucks? Clam Bucks are wooden tokens worth $1 each. They can be spent just like cash.

Where can Clam Bucks be spent? Clam Bucks can be spent ONLY at participating Chamber member businesses. Limit: 5 Clam Bucks per person, per business.

Who spends Clam Bucks?

Each of the 3,500 participants in the Great Columbia Crossing receives 5 Clam Bucks when they pick up their race packet. They are also provided with a list of the participating Chamber member businesses where they can spend the Clam Bucks.

When can Clam Bucks be spent? Clam Bucks are valid for a full week, starting on the first day of race packet pickup, Thursday, October 12. Race day is Sunday, October 15. The final day Clam Bucks can be used is Wednesday, October 18.

Why should businesses participate in the Clam Bucks program? Clam Bucks are a great way to entice race participants and their family members/friends to visit your business during race week. Most people end up spending more than what their Clam Bucks can buy, which is money in your pocket. After October 18, participating Chamber member businesses can return their Clam Bucks to the Chamber for a refund of $0.50 each.

How can I sign up? Want to join the fun and take part in the 2017 Clam Bucks program? Just let Kelsey Balensifer know before Sept. 15! It’s that simple. We’ll drop off “Clam Bucks Accepted Here” signs at your business in early October for you to hang in your window/door. Be sure to let your front line staff members know about Clam Bucks, too!

You can call her at (503) 325-6311, to sign up.

Participating Businesses: Astoria Brewing Company, Baked Alaska Dining Room, Bar & Pizzeria, Bowpicker Fish & Chips, Bridgewater Bistro, Charlie’s Chowder House, Fultano’s Pizza, Norma’s Seafood & Steak, Pig ‘n Pancake, Rogue Ales Public House, Silver Salmon Grille, Tokyo Teriyaki, Seaside Outlet Center, Wet Dog Cafe & Brewery, The Cellar on 10th, Deja Vu Thrift Store & Boutique, Englund Marine & Industrial Supply, Finn Ware, Gimre’s Shoes, Godfather’s Books & Espresso Bar, Lucy’s Books.

Great Columbia Crossing: Experience the glory of the Columbia River as you trek across the Astoria-Megler Bridge during this unique opportunity to walk/run across the bridge! This 10k offers a scenic adventure on a fairly flat road with one STEEP incline to the peak of the bridge. It is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. Whether you’re an experienced runner or looking for a family-friendly event, the Great Columbia Crossing 10k appeals to everyone. The 2017 Great Columbia Crossing is scheduled for Sunday, October 15. See you on the bridge!


Harry Flavel House in Astoria, Oregon

By Charlie Hintz

There are two Flavel houses in Astoria, Oregon. The most well-known is the Flavel House Museum at Eighth and Exchange streets, the mansion originally built by Astoria’s first millionaire, Capt. George Flavel, in 1885. The other house, the abandoned, crumbling mansion at 15th and Franklin with only a hint of its original stately grace, serves as a testament to the decline of the descendants of the legendary Flavel family into a strange and reclusive bunch after the captain’s death.

It was in this house that “Hatchet” Harry Flavel lived with his sister Mary Louise Flavel and mother Florence Flavel at the time of the now-infamous stabbing.

Prior to this, gun shots heard inside the house on Halloween and New Year’s, along with an incident where Harry had allegedly locked his mother and sister out on a widow’s peak on a cold night, spraying them with a garden hose, was as serious as it ever got.

But in February 1983 Harry was walking his dog someone came speeding down the road. As the car passed, Flavel hit the car with the chain of the dog leash. The driver stopped, got out, grabbed Flavel’s sleeve and demanded his name so he could call the police. Flavel suddenly stabbed the man in the abdomen, a move he has always contended was in self-defense.

After being convicted in 1985, Flavel exhausted a string of appeals. He became a fugitive when he neglected to appear at his sentencing on August 17th, 1990, having fled the state with his family. The mansion has been abandoned ever since.

After two months on the run, Harry was arrested in Willow Grove, PA for theft of motel towels. Mary raised his bail, and they disappeared once again.

Harry died at 82 On May 31, 2010. Mary still owns the house, but it remains empty. In October of 2010, black mourning bunting mysteriously appeared draped from the balcony.

Astoria, the first permanent American settlement west of the Rockies, remains a place deeply marked by its history. Locals say there are spirits in the old abandoned buildings. Astoria is also the location where the majority of the 1985 classic The Goonies was filmed.

George Flavel made his money braving the perils of the Columbia river, where more than 100 ships have been lost at its mouth since its discovery in 1792. It has become known as The Graveyard of the Pacific.

Do You Know the History of Your Surroundings?

Long Beach Edition

By David Glasson

Long Beach Historical Facts! Long Beach was founded in 1880 and platted in 1881 by H.H Tinker. First called it “Tinkerville.”

Incorporated in 1922 and first Mayor was Tinker’s son, Gilbert Tinker, really nice man and great steelhead fisherman.

Founded LB as a tourist camp for the Portland area as there were no roads to the Washington or Oregon Coast . Visitors came down the Columbia River on a stern wheeler (the T.J. Potter) to Ilwaco and commuted up the beach to Seaview and Long Beach.

The Long Beach Peninsula is the longest contiguous beach in the U.S. at about 28 miles.

The entire area is renowned for the abundant seafood harvests. This is the area of the largest salmon run in the world, razor clams, numerous other fish (halibut, cod, sardines, tuna, anchovies, etc.) and, of course, oysters. Willapa Bay is now the source half the oysters harvested in the State!

Long Beach City Hall was built in May 1914 by the Ladies Union Aid Society of Long Beach, was moved in 1922, and donated to the city in 1947 with the stipulation that no dancing or card playing would be allowed on or in the property.

Top 10 Events in Long Beach History! 

1.  The founding of Long Beach by Tinker.

2. Development of the Ilwaco Railroad and Navigation Company which improved transportation.

3. Development of lighthouses at Cape D and North Head to assist in maritime navigation and thus commerce.

4. Development of the highway system in the 1930’s which required widening main street and moving all the building several feet back.

5. Introduction of European Dune Grass in the 1930’s which ultimately stabilized the dunes and prevented sand from continually blowing over the streets and up against buildings, much like snow drifts.

6. Creation of the water and sewer systems in the 1950s provided dependable and safe drinking and sanitary systems.

7. Founding of the Washington State International Kite Festival in 1981, which has brings people from all parts of the globe to our little city for one week each August, received numerous awards, recognition and publicity, was twice voted the Best Kite Festival in the World by the Kite Trade Association.

8. Development of the Ocean Beach Boardwalk in 1990, landmark structure, first true boardwalk in the Pacific NW.

9. Main Street renovation in 1995, provided vintage lighting, underground power, landscaping and general beautification of the City, and provided further impetus for design review standards for building which must now reflect the “early seashore” architectural theme.

10. Lewis and Clark Commemoration, this area is just being recognized as the site where L&C completed their mission as set forth by President Thomas Jefferson. Captain Clark carved his name and date on a pine tree in present day Long Beach , when he and others walked the Pacific Ocean shoreline for the very first time on Tuesday November 19, 1805. Great U.S. history was made here, before it was in the U.S. !

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