The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, June 15, 2017, Page 23, Image 32

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    JUNE 15, 2017 // 23
Coast Guard Auxiliary
teaches boating safety
ILWACO, WASH. — The Coast
Guard Auxiliary will offer a
recreational boating safety
class to the public 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Saturday, June
24, at the Port of Ilwaco
Conference Room (street
side upstairs), 165 Howerton
Ave. Students should arrive
at 7:45 a.m. to sign in.
Successfully completing
the class meets the require-
ments for the Washington
Boater Education Card.
Washington law requires
recreational boat operators
ages 59 or younger to take
a boating safety class and
carry an Oregon Boater Ed-
ucation Card when operating
a recreational boat in Wash-
ington. This includes oper-
ating a personal watercraft
or any motorized watercraft
15 horsepower or greater.
Boaters older than 59 may
want to obtain a card if they
plan to operate in Oregon or
Canada, which do not have
an age exemption.
Topics include safe
boating laws; operating your
boat safely and other boating
tips; avoiding collisions and
accidents; navigation; boat-
ing emergencies and rescue;
and trailering, storing and
protecting boats.
Boaters are reminded that
safe navigation is the re-
sponsibility of each vessel’s
The cost is $10 and
includes all class materials
and a Washington boating
To register, or for more
information, contact Elena
Righettini, Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 62,
Ilwaco, Washington, at or
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When Supple became a mother herself,
she realized what Tinner and the other troop
mothers did for their children, from sewing
their dancer costumes to pulling off the
annual event.
“When we were little, sure, we appreci-
ated it, but we didn’t really get it,” Supple
said. “And now it’s like, ‘Whoa’ … I think a
lot of us girls are all thankful, and in awe of
what our moms did. It’s really cool”
From the 4-H building, the festival later
relocated to the Astoria Armory, then to
Astoria High School before moving to the
county fairgrounds.
The event caters to more visitors and has
more to offer — for example, the Sunday
church service — but these additions merely
expanded on Tinner, Obie and Norrman’s
original concept.
Cultural integration
In the early 20th century, Astoria’s Scan-
dinavian immigrants stayed largely within
their own groups. The Finnish settled in
Uniontown, the Swedes and Norwegians in
Uppertown, with a smattering of Danes and
Icelanders taking up residence. They spoke
their own languages and upheld their own
traditions, identifying solely with their own
culture and nationality.
But two things happened to bring them
together: the exceptional Astoria High
School basketball team in the 1930s that in-
tegrated athletes from the different Scandi-
navian groups, and the Astoria Scandinavian
Midsummer Festival — two projects that
required cooperation and camaraderie.
After these milestones, the groups began
to see themselves as part of a larger fam-
ily of immigrants with a shared stake in
the town and a mutual interest in working
“I think we brought them all together,”
Tinner said. “I really do.”