The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, July 22, 2016, WEEKEND EDITION, Page 1B, Image 9

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ast Friday there was a story about a message in a bottle,
found in Ocean Shores, Washington, in 2010. It remained
sealed until 2015, when it was given to Alan Rammer, who
opened it.
The message and drawing inside were from a Hilda Lahti
Elementary School sixth grade student named Cameron, who
requested to be notiied when the bottle was found. But Alan
couldn’t ind Cameron to tell him.
Debbie Twombley to the rescue. “That bottle came from a
class project that I did the year after I retired!” she wrote after
reading the story. “The class was fabulous — fairly small and
really nice kids. I loved my teaching partner and we had a great
“As part of our science class, we studied the Columbia River
and what happens as it empties into the Paciic Ocean with the
Davis and California Currents. I had done this project with third
graders for many years at Astor School. We ended the study by
writing messages, sealing them up in wine bottles (what a job,
getting all those empties!), and sending them off to the mouth of
the Columbia with my isherfriend, Blair Miner.
“It’s always fun to get letters back and map where and when
they ind land … I’ve contacted Cameron Westley, who … just
graduated from Knappa High School, and says he remembers the
fun project.”
Mystery solved. Cameron does not want the bottle back, and
it will remain on display at the old Coast Guard station in West-
port, Washington.
ttention all you special peeps out there!” animal advocate
Rita Smith of the River Song Foundation wrote. “We took
Momma Porcupine in to be spayed in May, and to everyone’s sur-
prise, she had babies in the kennel before they could get her on the
table!” Mom and kittens are pictured.
“Now the kittens are 9 weeks old,” she added, “and this family
would like to get out of a crate and on to living the full life. So, we
are hoping to bring about a small miracle, and that is to get these two
precious kittens, Stella and Dallas, adopted together and have their
feral-ish mom Porcupine go along, as well. We can’t release her, she
needs a more controlled environment, and we would love for her to
be able to stay with her kids, whom she adores.”
Another kitty badly needing adoption is KiKi, a “beautiful 8-year-
old Turkish Angora (pictured inset) that desperately needs a home. She
is getting really depressed.” If you can’t give a home to the little fam-
ily, surely someone must have a place in their home and heart for KiKi.
You can make a miracle happen by offering to adopt one (or more)
of Rita’s fabulous feline rescues by calling her at 503-861-2003. You
can also lend a hand by donating at
aNita Maunu and her husband, Aaron, of the Vancouver,
Washington, area, came to the beach for a visit on Sunday. As
they were coming off the New Youngs Bay Bridge and heading
into Astoria to get lunch, Aaron noticed the optical illusion (pic-
tured) of the Astoria Bridge and the Northwest POINT bus design.
“Quick, snap photos!” he said, and she did.
“Kind of cool, don’t you think?” DaNita asked. Deinitely.
avid Davall wrote in asking for information about a
shipwreck across the river, on the Washington side,
near the Quarantine Station, aka the Knappton Cove Her-
itage Center. His photo of it is shown.
The Ear asked Nancy Bell Anderson, director of the
Heritage Center, who has a long history with the area,
about the mystery wreck. “We played ‘pirates’ on it when
I was a kid, using the cattails that were growing in it for
‘swords.’” She referred me to her brother, Tom Bell.
Tom said some time ago a local businessman
approached him about the wreck, saying he believed it was
the Sophie Christenson (pictured inset), a sailing ship that
had once belonged to his uncle, Capt. J. E. Shields. He
wanted to retrieve some of the ship as a yard ornament for
a wealthy client in Santa Barbara, California, but nothing
ever came of it.
Is it the Sophie Christenson? A little research revealed
the four-masted schooner, built in 1901, was initially
used to haul lumber, then converted to catch cod in Puget
Sound. She was 180.6 feet long, had a 38.9-foot beam and
a 13.4-foot deep hold, and carried a crew of 44 (http://
According to, after the Japanese attack
on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the schooner was commandeered
by the U.S. government for barge and transport duty in the
North Paciic ( Sophie eventu-
ally wound up as scrap or a dismasted barge.
Local lore says the wreck in Knappton was a barge
being towed downriver as salvage after the war when the
towing cable broke loose and it drifted ashore. It was just
left there, not considered valuable enough to bother with.
So yes, it could well be the Sophie Christenson.
In the late 1980s, the trees growing in the wreck were
only 8 feet tall, Tom noted; now they’re more like 80. Also
years ago, the ribs of the ship stood 18 feet high. If you’re
wondering why so little is showing now, he said a local
isherman was salvaging it over the years. He would take
metal pins from the wreck, collect them in a big pile, and
sell the pile once a year for liquor money. Which only
proves that old adage: One man’s trash truly is another
man’s treasure.
rank Fritz (left) and Mike Wolfe (right), aka the American Pick-
ers from the History Channel show of the same name, are com-
ing to Oregon and Washington in August/September to ilm episodes
of the series. The pair are pictured in a photo by Zachary Maxwell
Stertz. According to a press release from casting associate Tamar Her-
man, ‘‘We’re looking for leads throughout the region, speciically
interesting characters with interesting items, and lots of them!”
In case you’re not familiar with the show, Frank and Mike are
“pickers” who scour the country looking for valuable antiques, and
especially enjoy inding “sizeable, unique collections and learn the
interesting stories behind them,” the press release says. They are
looking for things like wind-up or cast iron toys, pinball machines,
taxidermy animals, pottery, doorstops, decoys, old signs and dolls,
juke boxes, wagon wheels, license plates and military items, just to
name a few.
We already know there are lots of “interesting characters” in this
neck of the woods, so what’s tucked away in that old barn, attic or
basement? Do you, or someone you know, have a large, private stash
of antiques (no retail shops or lea markets) that Frank and Mike can
spend most of a day poking through? If so, send your phone number,
location and description of the collection (with photos) to american- or call 855-OLD-RUST (653-7878).
oday is the 90th birthday of the dedication of the Astoria
Column, July 22, 1926. In case you didn’t know it, the art-
ist who designed the mural artwork on column was Italian immi-
grant Attilio Pusterla (1862-1941) of New York, who is pictured.
Time was tight to complete such a large artwork when the art-
ist and his assistants inally began working on the column July 1,
according to (which provided the pho-
tos). A wooden structure circled the column and dangled from a
110-foot high platform at the top. Pusterla would haul his draw-
ings up onto the scaffold, then start creating a section of the sgraf-
ito mural, a long process involving many steps. If he wasn’t
happy with the outcome from ground level, he had no qualms
about trashing a day’s work and starting over.
Needless to say, with such a painstaking approach, and so
much surface to cover, only three bands of the artwork were
completed by the time the column was dedicated. But apparently
nobody cared, as 8,000 showed up for the event, and three days
of festivities commenced with great fanfare.
Pusterla inally inished his work on Oct. 29. With a big sigh
of relief, no doubt.
short time ago, this column mentioned Adidas x Par-
ley, special shoes made out of plastic ocean debris
— but only 50 pairs were being made. Just as admira-
ble — and a whole lot more obtainable for those environ-
mentally conscious folks who want to make a statement
— is Rothy’s footwear of San Francisco, according to (
Rothy’s, whose motto is “wear your trash on your
feet” makes shoes with yarn created from recycled plas-
tic bottles. Using a seamless 3D knitting process for the
uppers (which only takes 6 minutes), the shoes also have
carbon-free outsoles, and recycled insoles and packag-
ing. It takes about three plastic bottles to make one pair
of shoes, which can be recycled again when you’re done
with them. A pair is pictured, courtesy of https://rothys.
Considering Rothy’s maintains that the U.S. con-
sumes 1,500 water bottles a second, and over 40 billion
end up in landills every year, they’ll never run out of raw
urita Dahl Andreassen
of the Faroe Islands (a
self-governing island territory
of Denmark) loves her country,
and wants everyone to know
how beautiful it is. But since
the islands are in a remote part
of the North Atlantic, and none
of the streets are on the map,
there’s no Google Street View.
So, to let the world see how
glorious her home is, and show
Google what they’re missing, she came up with Sheep View 360.
Since she says her home has 70,000 sheep who roam freely —
twice as many sheep as people, actually — and many places are
inaccessible by car, it’s a pretty clever idea to strap a 360-degree
camera to a sheep’s back and let the sheep wander off. Powered
by a solar panel, the camera takes a photo every minute, which
can then be manually downloaded or livestreamed. Check it out
“The Faroe Islands are one of the most beautiful places on
earth,” Durita said, “and I really want to share that with my
friends around the world.” Perhaps this should be iled under “Be
Careful What You Wish For.”
Sit and Stitch Group — 11
a.m. to 1 p.m., Custom Threads,
1282 Commercial St. Knitting, cro-
cheting and needle work. For infor-
mation, call 503-325-7780.
Family Support Group, for anyone
with friend or loved one suffering
from a serious brain (mental) illness.
For information, contact Myra Kero
at 503-738-6165, or k7erowood@q.
com, or go to
Columbia Northwestern Mod-
el Railroading Club — 1 p.m., in
Hammond. Group runs trains on
HO-scale layout. For information,
call Don Carter at 503-325-0757.
Line Dancing — 5:30 to 8 p.m.,
Seaside American Legion, 1315
Broadway. For information, call
503-738-5111. No cost; suggested
$5 tip to the instructor.
Spinning Circle — 1 to 3 p.m.,
Astoria Fiber Arts Academy, 1296
Duane St. Bring a spinning wheel.
For information, call 503-325-5598
or go to
Chair Exercises for Seniors
— 9 to 9:45 a.m., Astoria Senior
Center, 1111 Exchange St. For in-
formation, call 503-325-3231.
Senior Lunch — 11:30 a.m.,
Bob Chisholm Senior Center, 1225
Avenue A, Seaside. Suggested do-
nation $3 for those older than 60;
$6.75 for those younger than 60.
For information, call Michelle Lew-
is at 503-861-4200.
Scandinavian Workshop —
10 a.m., First Lutheran Church, 725
33rd St. Needlework, hardanger,
knitting, crocheting, embroidery
and quilting. All are welcome. For
Columbia Senior Diners —
11:30 a.m., 1111 Exchange St.
Cost is $6. For information, or to
have a meal delivered, call 503-
National Alliance on Mental
Illness (NAMI) Support Group
— 2 to 3:30 p.m., Seaside Public
Library, 1131 Broadway. Family to
information, call 503-325-1364 or
Mothers of Preschoolers —
10 to 11:30 a.m., Crossroads Com-
munity Church, 40618 Old Highway
30, Svensen. MOPS group is a time
for moms to relax and enjoy each
others’ company. For information,
call 503-502-3118.
Warrenton Senior Lunch
Program — noon, Warrenton
Community Center, 170 S.W. Third
St. Suggested donation of $5 for
seniors and $7 for those younger
than 60. For information, or to vol-
unteer, call 503-861-3502 Monday
or Thursday.
Astoria Rotary Club — noon,
second loor of the Astoria Elks
Lodge, 453 11th St. Guests always
welcome. For information, go to
Knochlers Pinochle Group —
1 p.m., Bob Chisholm Community
Center, 1225 Avenue A, Seaside.
Cost is $1 per regular session per
person. Players with highest and
second highest scores split the
prize. Game is designed for play-
ers 55 and older, but all ages are
Mahjong for Experienced
Players — 1 p.m., Astoria Senior
Center, 1111 Exchange St. For in-
formation, call 503-325-3231.
theran Church, 725 33rd St. All are
welcome. Donations of material al-
ways appreciated. For information,
call Janet Kemp at 503-325-4268.
Diabetes Class — 1:30 to 2:30
p.m., Providence Seaside Hospital,
Education Room A, 725 S. Wahan-
na Road, Seaside. Free help man-
aging diabetes from certiied diabe-
tes educators. Topic is: “How Can
I Manage My blood Sugar When I
Eat Out?” All are welcome. For in-
formation, go to www.providence.
org/diabetes or call 503-215-6628.
Do Nothing Club — 10 a.m.
to noon, 24002 U St., Ocean Park,
Wash. Men’s group. For informa-
tion, call Jack McBride at 360-665-
Line Dancing for Seniors — 3 to
4:30 p.m., Astoria Senior Center, 1111
Exchange St. Not for beginners. For
information, call 503-325-3231.
Stewardship Quilting Group
— 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., First Lu-
Senior Lunch — 11:30 a.m.,
Bob Chisholm Senior Center, 1225
Avenue A, Seaside. Suggested
donation of $3 for those older than
60; $6.75 for those younger than
60. For information, call Michelle
Lewis at 503-861-4200. Columbia
Senior Diners — 11:30 a.m., 1111
Exchange St. The cost is $6. For
information, or to have a meal de-
livered, call 503-325-9693.
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