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    143RD YEAR, NO. 222
Police chaplain off ers ‘a ministry of presence’
After tragedy, just being there is
sometimes enough for retiring counselor
The Daily Astorian
The night Seaside Police Sgt.
Jason Goodding was shot and
killed, Jerry Gaidos, a chaplain for
Clatsop County law enforcement,
responded to the kind of call he
always feared.
Gaidos watched the Clatsop
County Major Crimes Team assem-
ble at the Seaside Police Depart-
ment. O ffi cers from other police
departments also started show-
ing up for moral support, and sat
together in silence around a table.
The chaplain quietly sat with
“They are staring into space, and
there is nothing you can say. There
is nothing you can do to change
this,” Gaidos said. “You can not
make it better. It’s impossible.”
Almost an hour passed before
Gaidos broke the silence. He told
the offi cers he did not expect them
to talk in the moment, but reminded
them he is available and that con-
versations are confi dential.
Over the next few days, Gaidos
rotated through all the differ-
ent agencies, offering his support.
Offi cers were glad to see him, and
said they felt better because he was
Jerry Gaidos,
a chaplain
for Clatsop
County law
speaks during
the memorial
for Sgt. Jason
Goodding at
the Seaside
Civic and Con-
vention Center
in February.
See CHAPLAIN, Page 10A
Joshua Bessex
The Daily Astorian
Students, seniors collaborate
to produce realistic fi ction
set to rule
on rental
Permits depend on
paid taxes, and are
not transferable
The Daily Astorian
Edward Stratton/The Daily Astorian
Second-grader Victoria Chavez reads her fictionalized account of the camping adventure of Esther Lampi, left, and her husband,
Ken (not pictured). More photos online at
great grandparents in the care cen-
ter,’” Fruiht said.
There are residents at Clatsop
C are who used to be teachers and
librarians and others who worked
with children, she said, and enjoy
seeing new generations coming
up. H er students, meanwhile, get
a chance to practice interviewing,
turning out pieces of realistic fi c-
tion and broadening their involve-
ment in the community.
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ictoria Chavez had quite the
story for Esther and Ken
Lampi, a husband and wife
of 69 years living at Clatsop Care
The seniors dutifully listened
as the 8-year-old from John Jacob
Astor Elementary School rattled
off a tale of how they — as brother
and sister — went camping in a
Christmas wonderland and met a
green-and-red bear. T he siblings
ended their vacation happily ever
after, as children’s stories often do.
Second-grade teacher Renee
Fruiht has been taking her classes
to the long-term care facility for
three years, giving students artistic
license to interview residents and
create fi ctionalized stories from the
information they gather.
“I have found that the best way
for kids to learn to read and write
is to read and write about what
they know,” said Fruiht, who at
the beginning of the school year
has her students write biographical
GEARHART — Homeowners who want
to rent out their properties on a short-term
basis in Gearhart had better be up-to-date
with their state lodging taxes.
That is a key requirement issued by the
Gearhart Planning Commission Thursday
night, as the commission made recommen-
dations to the City Council regulating short-
term rental properties .
Oregon requires a state lodging tax of 1
percent be paid on a quarterly basis.
After July 1, that tax will increase to 1.8
percent , with the additional funds to pay
for state tourism promotion and the Eugene
Civic Stadium.
Property owners who can show they paid
this tax in 2015 will be eligible to apply for a
vacation rental permit, as long as they meet
city standards for off-site parking, septic sys-
tems and other health and safety codes.
City Administrator Chad Sweet said
there were 86 short-term rentals at the end of
April; as of Thursday, there were 96. “New
ones popped up, and there were a couple of
more we didn’t know about,” he said.
A proposed cap of 35 vacation rental
units was eliminated.
A requirement to limit the number of
rentals allowed within a seven-day block
was also voted down by commissioners, as
it was considered too diffi cult to administer.
Edward Stratton/The Daily Astorian
Using her association of camping with Yogi Bear and her subject’s
affinity for Christmas, second-grader Victoria Chavez created a
read-and-green bear for the adventure yarn she wrote about Esther
and Ken Lampi, a married couple living at Clatsop Care Center.
short stories about each other.
Three years ago, Fruiht
received a copy of the “The Vio-
let-Covered Teacup,” the fi ctional
story based on the real-life experi-
ences of author Merilee Ann Cam-
eron. The book tells the story of a
little girl, Amy, and her relationship
with her grandmother, who dies.
Amy travels to Indiana, where she
talks to family members she has
never met who tell her all about her
“I thought, ‘W ell, there’s lots of
Fruiht’s students make multi-
ple trips to the care center while
researching their subjects, which
they then fi t into their own imag-
ined situations.
Tasked with writing an adven-
ture story, Chavez learned Ken
Lampi liked to camp, hunt and fi sh,
which helped set the outdoor scene
of her yarn . The thought of camping
took Chavez to Yogi Bear, a favor-
ite cartoon of hers, and a picnic din-
ner eaten on a quilt, which she had
learned Esther Lampi liked to craft .
See TALL TALES, Page 10A
R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian
Gearhart City Administrator Chad Sweet
and Planner Carole Connell at the Planning
Commission meeting Thursday night.
Music feeds her soul and her students
Every Wednesday and Fri-
day for the next few weeks, The
Daily Astorian will feature an
area teacher as we head toward
graduation and summer break.
Astoria High and Middle
schools and Lewis and Clark
Elementary School, orches-
tra and general music for third
through 12th grades
Why did you become a
teacher, and what was
your biggest surprise?
Music in my life has been
a constant support. It regroups
my mind, body and soul during
turmoil and brings me closer to
Teachers Talk About Teaching
others creating a strong founda-
tion for my life and spirituality.
There is no feeling like playing
in the middle of an orchestra.
Making music with others and
riding the adrenaline wave,
going with whatever may come.
Huge rush. I wanted to share
this with the younger genera-
tion. The surprise has come as
I see these kids grow and leave,
and with them, they take their
music, instruments, and often
my phone number. They call
and tell me their adventures,
what they have heard in the
music world and what they have
played. I am teaching for life,
even if they don’t play again.
What part of the job
do you enjoy the most?
I love this community. I love
the kids. I love the district. I am
invested and want to leave my
mark for generations to come.
I love to play. I get to play all
day. Do they really pay me for
this? I have the best job, I have
grown as a person and per-
former, as much as the program
has. I will be a different person
even next year, and greatly so
the day I play my last note.
What is the
most challenging
part of your job?
My biggest challenge is
showing the kids that they can
be better. There is no limit.
They are so afraid to admit
mistakes and weakness. They
always point to their neigh-
bor. It is strange because we
try so hard to fi t ourselves
into the perfect box, but in
art there is no box. No wrong
answer. It is an exploration for
originality and self-expres-
sion. I want them to fl y from
their bodies and enjoy what-
ever is to come.