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Volume 1, Issue 27                                                                               August 19, 2017


Portland Timbers Come to Town

By Dave Nelson

Photos by Rob Bjornstad

Miller, Nagbe and Olum testing out the Buddy Bench.

If you were anywhere near Providence Seaside Hospital, Warrenton Grade School and the soccer fields in Warrenton Monday, you may have noticed the convoy of Portland Timbers staff and players, as the Rose City Road Trip hit the area, which included midfielder Darlington Nagbe, defenders Roy Miller and Lawrence Olum and Mascot Timber Joey.

The day began at Providence, with introductions and a tour at the hospital stopping at various departments and offices, saying hello to staff, patients and taking photos with anyone and everyone that wanted one with Nagbe, Miller and Lawrence. The players posed with a Timbers custom made baby blanket, which both the Timbers and Thorns provide to the family of every new born, born at a Providence hospital in Oregon for the remainder of 2017, in partnership with Providence Health & Services, in the hospital nursery. A doctor and a few of his staff met the convoy by singing a song that is sung frequently at their games.

Later, the group from Portland’s Major League Soccer team went to Warrenton Grade School to build “Buddy Benches” and helped paint planters to be placed around the school, led by the school’s art teacher. According to the Buddy Bench website, it was inspired by Christian Bucks, a then 2nd grader at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania, is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.”

“I think it is really awesome to have them (Timbers)here first and foremost that they bring such a neat group of people in to help us get this program started here,” Superintendent of the Warrenton Schools Mark Jeffery said on the Buddy Benches and Timbers. “It helps build positive relationships between kids. We really appreciate the support. It means a lot.”

Some of the other grade schools in Clatsop County reportedly will receive a bench in addition.

Timber Joey was seen helping put bolts and screws into the benches and was asked, what was easier? Putting the benches together? Or, sawing the logs, which he does during the matches?

“Oh definetly sawing the logs. I have a lot more experience with that for sure.”

And to end the tour, a camp for kids was put on at one of the soccer fields in Warrenton, with various staff leading and the players coaching and cheering from the side. One participant said, they “taught her how to dribble and that all the players were her favorite.”

“My favorite part (of the day)has been, learning about the Buddy Bench system and also coming out and having a good time with the kids and playing with them, remember how it is to play for fun,” said Miller.”

Columbia River Symphony Offers Inspirational Concerts

By Annamaria Morrill

Columbia River Symphony brings quality symphonic music to everyone to enjoy.

The Columbia River Symphony concerts are always inspiring. Not only because of the music selections, and quality performances but also because there is much thought given to the whole experience. Sometimes it is a story, and sometimes it may be art that intertwines with the music. Sometimes it is even a group of choir students that perform with the band. The director Cory Pederson always finds creative ways to bring the symphony’s music to everyone’s reach. This has been his vision since the beginning, to offer music to the community in the ways that sets the band apart, offering free family friendly concerts in a fun and light-hearted nature. Cory Pederson, together with his wife Angela Pederson-Calvin, are a very vital duo as local music educators, as well as leading the over 60-membered Columbia River Symphony.   

Many music enthusiasts got to enjoy a wonderful ensemble again when the Columbia River Symphony and the Beacock Music Concert Band from Vancouver, WA, performed a free “Summer Pops 2017” concert on August 13th. This Sunday afternoon concert at the Astoria High School auditorium was a part of the Astoria Regatta celebrations. This was the fourth time that these two music groups have performed together in the past five years. The directors of these bands are twin brothers who share their love for music, and they enjoy sharing the talents of the both musical groups. Both, Cory Pederson, and Cary Pederson not only have similar names, but they look alike, and have very similar voices and manners, which gives a sense of one seamless conducting for the listeners.

The conductors and twin brothers, Cory (on left) and Cary Pederson combined the talents of their music groups in the “Summer Pops 2017” concert, which was held in Astoria on August 13th. 

The audience got to enjoy classical pieces and music of many popular Hollywood films, such as The Lion King, and Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer. These pieces were performed by the combined band with almost 100 musicians on the stage. Both bands also performed some selected pieces alone, including music by Tchaikovsky and Karl. L. King. Besides those lighter compositions, An American Elegy, composed by Frank Ticheli, caused listeners to remember the tragic shooting at Columbia High School in 1999. The piece was created to remember those who lost their lives, and to tribute the survivors, creating hope of a better tomorrow.  

Christmas Concert at Liberty Theater. The Columbia River Symphony Christmas concert is planned to be on December 9th at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. It will be similar to last year’s event when the Columbia River Symphony integrated with choirs from Warrenton high school and grade school, and performed a very lively Christmas music selection to a packed theater. It was a joyful and a remarkable experience to many people who don’t normally come to symphony concerts. The concert was successful bringing together many age groups, and especially many families with young children.  

The Columbia River Symphony is an all-volunteer and non-profit performing arts group. The mission is to provide quality musical entertainment, to increase visibility of the musical talents of its performers, and to promote cultural enrichment to the community. CRS is always looking people who would like to share their musical talent with the group. The band is open for all ages and they perform mostly in Astoria and nearby locations. More information, contact director Cory Pederson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteers Sought for Property Tax Appeal Board

By Valerie Crafard

The Clatsop County Board of Commissions is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the County Board of Property Tax Appeals for the 2017-18 term.

The Board of Property Tax Appeals hears petitions from taxpayers seeking to decrease their real market or assessed property values. The board also considers requests to excuse penalties or late filings of real or personal property returns.

Applicants must be residents of Clatsop County, but cannot be employees of the county or of any tax district within the County. The Board of Commissioners appoints two pools of individuals: one consisting of the governing body’s designee or a member of the governing body, and the second comprised of non-office holding residents of the county from which the County Clerk selects three to serve on the appeals board. Training is provided.

The committee holds several daytime meetings beginning the first Monday in February to hear petitions. The committee adjourns no later than April 15, 2018, with the term ending June 30, 2018.

Application forms for the appointments are available at the link below, or contact the Clatsop County Manager’s Office, 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria, OR, (503) 325-1000.

Applications must be completed and turned in by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 to be considered.

Helmet: “To Wear or Not to Wear”

Warrenton Police Department

By Taylee Gittins

Anyone who has ever seen, read or heard the warning, knows why wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is vastly important. While some cultures offer helmet wearing as a mere option of opinion, here in the USA, it’s mandatory. A concern for safety was most likely behind the matter as to why a recent 911 caller made the report that a man was having children ride on his motorcycle through a field without having them wear proper headgear. When the officer arrived to the scene he made contact with the subject and told him about the complaint. The motorcycle driver denied having any children on his bike and assured the officer that he was finished riding for the day anyway. Whatever was the case, I’m sure it won’t be happening again.

Goodbye Summer, Hello School!

Warrenton and Hammond Areas

Compiled by Wendi Agalzoff-LaRue

Time to jump into the 2017-2018 school year!  All returning students to the Warrenton-Hammond School District should have received a registration packet. However, all new students and those who did not receive the registration paperwork need to visit the Warrenton Grade or High School Office and register as soon as possible.  For more information visit the District Website

Warrenton Grade School. Location: 820 SW Cedar, Warrenton Oregon. Phone 503.861.3376. Website:

Warrenton High School. Location: 1700 S Main Avenue, Warrenton Oregon. Phone 503.861.3317. Website: Warrenton High School Would like to extend an invitation for all parents and students to attend the 2017-2018 Back to School Night Wednesday August 30, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM.

North Coast Christian School (grades Pre K-12 private school). Location: 796 Pacific Drive Hammond, OR. Phone 503.861.3333. Website: This is a private school unaffiliated with local school districts.

A Livestock Kid

By Kallie Linder

“Livestock kids don’t get it. They just put their animals in the slaughter truck at the end of fair...” The words pierced me and I keep hearing them play in my ear. It couldn’t be more false.

For 11 months, they learned how to be a team. They danced down the ally of the barn. His steer has dragged him from here to there. Brushing, washing, building hair, scrubbing hooves. Pulling and pushing. Learning where the sweet spot is with the show stick. Learning what feed works best for finish. Frustrations and celebrations. A less than 2 year old steer and he did this himself. They trust each other.

He’s given his animals a good life filled with good feed, clean water and a clean home. He’s given his all. He knows going in that the end result is that his steer is meant for food. Good, healthy responsible food.

Fair week is fun. So much to learn and see. Some days the anxiety is high as he runs from one show ring to the next always wishing. Hoping for a high placing. Maybe even a big purple.

Saturday comes. He knows it’s their last day together. He spends the day preparing his animals for auction and preparing his heart for a goodbye.

As the barn empties out after the auction you find him near his steer pen. He knows that soon the barn will be closed and that when he returns the only thing left will be a halter. 

He’s always the last kid in the barn. I find him laying across his steer’s back with arms draped around him. We try to give him all the time he needs to say what needs to be said to his teammate, - his best friend. 

I tell him we have to go. He slides down with his arm around his steer’s neck as tears roll down his hot cheeks. It never gets easier and I don’t expect that it ever will.

Sunday will bring hours spent with his dad laying a plan for the next teammate.

He is a livestock kid who loves his steers with his whole heart, despite knowing that the end result is slaughter. He’s a future farmer of America, and he gets it.

Proper Forest Road Construction Helps Keep Streams Healthy, According to Study

By Chris Branam

Researchers have measured the degree of hydrological connectivity of unpaved roads. Logging roads in the uplands of the northern Oregon Coast Range aren’t sending enough sediment into streams to harm fish and aquatic insects, according to a new Oregon State University study.

Ivan Arismendi, an aquatic ecologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, and his colleagues investigated whether current road-building practices were sending excessive sediment into the water. They sampled five streams above and below unpaved roads in the Trask River watershed in the northern Oregon Coast Range from 2010-2013.

They found that roads in these watersheds were contributing only minimal levels of silt to the streams—not enough to be “biologically significant” for aquatic life, Arismendi said.

Their findings, he said, suggest that current road-building practices are solving an important environmental challenge associated with logging in the steep, wet forests of the Oregon Coast Range. An excess of fine-grained suspended sediment in forest streams has long been known to harm fish and other organisms and degrade the aquatic ecosystem. The silt clogs the gills of fish, makes it harder for them to see and suffocates their eggs. Even relatively small changes in suspended sediment concentrations can adversely affect aquatic biodiversity, Arismendi said.

Decades ago, forest roads were built by bulldozers dumping unstable material down steep slopes. Early forest roads and their ditches also delivered water and sediment directly into streams. By the 1980s, forest management practices were being refined to mitigate and minimize stream sedimentation. Road builders hauled away the displaced soil instead of leaving it to be washed downhill. The practice now, said Arismendi, is to route forest road runoff to the hillslopes instead of into the stream.

The research team included scientists from OSU, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Weyerhaeuser Co., and the Oregon Department of Forestry. They sampled before and after road construction and after forest harvest and hauling. They tested whether the differences between paired samples from above and below road crossing exceeded various biological thresholds. They predicted there would be significantly higher suspended sediment and turbidity, which is a measure of cloudiness in water.

The team was surprised to find only minimal increases, said Sherri Johnson, a scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and co-author of the study. They did find that concentrations and transport of suspended sediment seemed to be highly influenced by local conditions, such as one case of a streamside tree uprooted in a windstorm. The research has the potential to provide scientists, policy makers, and resource managers with an expanded understanding of the effects of contemporary forest road practices on fine sediment in streams, Arismendi said.

“A main objective of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act is to protect and maintain healthy streams,” said Mark Meleason, a riparian and aquatic specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry and co-author of the study. “This study found that best management practices applied to the management of several roads within active timber sales was effective in reducing fine sediment delivery to streams.”

Liz Dent, chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s State Forests Division and co-author of the study, said, “ This research is one of several studies that has been published from the Trask Watershed Study – a 10-year, multi-million-dollar study on the effects on contemporary forest practices on the aquatic environment.”

The Trask River watershed is located near Trask Mountain. The streams draining the study area flow into the Trask River, which flows into Tillamook Bay. The watershed is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Weyerhaeuser Co. with a small portion belonging to the Bureau of Land Management. The research was funded by the Oregon Forest Industries Council, the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Inc., the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Weyerhaeuser Co.

Rural Students Stepping Up Their Physical Activity

By Chris Branam

Children in rural Oregon elementary school classrooms—who are more at risk of becoming obese than their urban counterparts—are getting more physical activity when their teacher uses a toolkit developed by researchers with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

The results of a pilot study, published in the Journal of Extension, are borne out of a unique school-based approach to obesity prevention in six rural school districts, said Kathy Gunter, an OSU Extension Service physical activity specialist who developed the Balanced Energy Physical Activity Toolkit (BEPA-Toolkit). 

“The good news is that children seem to accrue more health-promoting moderate to vigorous physical activity during the school day when teachers use the BEPA-Toolkit,” Gunter said.

The toolkit is geared toward elementary-school age children who are just beginning to learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise. Activities include “Activate the Alphabet,” “Bean Bag Balance,” “Dicey Moves” and “Fruit and Veggie Volleyball.” The games range from 5 to 20 minutes, with most being 15 minutes.

The toolkit includes activity cards, a user guide and video tutorials. In addition to instructions and talking points, the activities included in the handbook are embedded with health messages, providing more opportunities for children to practice being physically active.

OSU Extension distributed the BEPA-Toolkit to teachers in two rural elementary schools in each of three counties–Clackamas, Columbia, and Klamath. They tested implementation at two levels – “low support,” in which one toolkit was given to each grade in the school; and “high support,” in which every classroom received one.

In the high-support model, Extension offered a scripted presentation, hands-on activities and handouts to support teacher continuing education about classroom physical activity breaks, as well as wellness policies that emphasize school-based physical activity.

The teachers measured the children’s physical activity with pedometers. Children wore the pedometers for the entire school day, putting them on when they got to their classrooms in the morning and removing them before leaving at the end of the school day. They recorded their steps daily for four consecutive days.

OSU surveyed 75 teachers in the six schools about their usage of the BEPA-Toolkit and the children’s physical activity. Fifty-seven teachers completed the survey, and the final sample included physical activity data for 1,103 students.

Among the findings: In the first, second and third-grade classrooms where the teachers regularly used the toolkit, boys took an average of 5,246 steps a day and girls took 4,456 steps. In those same grades where teachers never used the toolkit, boys averaged 4,801 steps and girls 4,097.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, in classrooms where teachers regularly used the toolkit, boys averaged 6,384 steps a day and girls averaged 4,772. In the classrooms where the teachers never used the toolkit, boys averaged 4,920 daily steps and girls averaged 3,829.

Children in all grades in classrooms in which the teachers regularly used the toolkit averaged more minutes of total physical activity – light, moderate and vigorous – and more minutes of moderate and vigorous physical activity, than in the classrooms where the teachers never used the toolkit.

The toolkits were distributed through GROW Healthy Kids and Communities, a multi-state initiative led by OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences Extension Service. The toolkits have also been adopted by the OSU Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Program (SNAP-ED) and are distributed and supported statewide in schools eligible for SNAP-ED programming.

From 2011 through 2016, GROW was implemented in Oregon and in five additional western states. In Oregon, county Extension offices supported GROW activities in partnership with the towns and elementary schools of Estacada, Molalla, Clatskanie, Rainier, Bonanza and Chiloquin.

“Current research shows that children are getting less than 20 minutes of health-promoting physical activity in a seven-hour school day,” Gunter said. “In the districts we studied, these kids are on the bus between 30 minutes to 1½ hours, so they don’t get very many opportunities for physical activity at home. They can’t take advantage of before- or after-school programs. We wanted to focus on the school environment.”

The study, and the GROW initiative, were funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, through its Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.

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