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OUR 109th YEAR • November 13, 2015
Committee preps
for ‘old church’
City currently has no budget for building’s
maintenance or improvement projects
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
The former Faith Lu-
theran church facility, has
no budget for improve-
ments or maintenance,
about potential uses for the
First Avenue structure.
Since August, the
group, led by Mayor Don
Larson, has met month- This former church building,
ly to discuss potential acquired by the city in Sep-
short- and long-term tember 2014, could be used
uses for the building, to house nonprofi t groups.
which has not received a
new title yet. The committee will make a recommen-
dation to Seaside City Council in the coming weeks.
During two volunteer workdays in mid-October, the
committee took care of simple tasks necessary to help
prepare the building, at 1115 Broadway, for any fu-
ture use. The group removed trash, organized supplies,
vacuumed, cleaned mold and moss from windows, in-
ventoried the city’s assets in the building and secured
the facility to keep out trespassers.
The group got the bathrooms functional and the doors
secure. A staff member from the Public Works Depart-
ment is occasionally stopping to detect any break-ins, said
See Church, Page 6A
A love for literature
leads to longevity at
Beach Books
Volunteer Sarah Brown
speaks with a student
from Seaside Heights
Elementary School to
prepare for Operation
School Bell. She was
accompanied Oct. 8 by
her 3-year-old daughter,
Maisyn Brown.
Proprietor to participate in several events for
anniversary celebration
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
Operation School Bell comes to
local schools for fall 2015
Story and photos by Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
peration School Bell came
to Seaside Heights Ele-
mentary School this fall
with the Assistance League of the
new school clothing and winter
coats for children in need. It was
one program out of many helping
for whom the clothes might be be-
yond reach.
The Assistance League is ac-
tive throughout the school year,
but the fall programs offer ad-
ditional treats. Eligible students
are given an exclusive shopping
trip,at stores such as the Nike Fac-
tory Store, Ross Dress for Less,
J.C. Penney’s, Payless Shoes and
Ter Har’s in Seaside. With the
help of a one-on-one volunteer
chaperone, the students get to pick
out clothes or shoes up to a specif-
ic dollar amount.
Assistance League volunteer
Paivi Ter Har, who coordinates
the effort at Gearhart Elementa-
ry and is a co-owner of Ter Har’s
with her husband Jeff, works with
about 10 volunteers to assist her
kind of clothing students need or
prefer. These could include coats,
sweatshirts, dresses, pajamas,
tops, underwear and shoes.
At Ter Har’s elementary school
shopping night in October, the
Assistance League provided $125
for each eligible student. That
amount was matched by the store
to enable $250 worth of clothing
purchases, Ter Har said.
High-school and middle-school
students received clothing and
See Dress, Page 10A
‘It’s just a great event…’
—— Assistance League volunteer Paivi Ter Har
In the spring of 2005,
Karen Emmerling at-
tended the Wordstock
book festival in Portland
where she felt, she says,
“like that was the world
I should have been in my
entire life.”
She created a little
piece of that world lat-
er that year when she
opened Beach Books in
Seaside. The bookstore,
which at the time was
located on North Edge-
wood Street near Pizza Karen Emmerling, owner of
Harbor, held its grand Beach Books, is celebrating
opening during a Seaside the store’s 10-year anniver-
Downtown Wine Walk sary the weekend of Nov. 13
event in November. Ten through 15.
years later, Emmerling
plans to celebrate her shop’s 10-year anniversary with
a 10 percent storewide sale and activities throughout
the weekend, Nov. 13-15.
Emmerling, who became a fulltime resident of
for books. Although she has few memories of visit-
ing bookstores growing up in the Beaverton area, her
mother was an avid reader. Emmerling’s own passion
See Books, Page 10A
A student looks to his role models
By Katherine Lacaze & R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
Seaside High School Student Body President
Taylor Barnes made a moving demonstration
of patriotism and respect for our nation’s vet-
erans Wednesday. “Never before have I given
a speech with so much weight and meaning,”
Taylor said at the Seaside Downtown Develop-
ment Association Veterans Day program at the
Seaside Convention Center. “That is why I am
honored to be speaking on behalf of the people
I’ve always looked up to as role models.”
Taylor intends to enter the Naval Academy
next fall.
“Veterans like the ones that stand before me
me to follow in the footsteps of these men and
women who have so bravely done so before me,”
Taylor said. “What you veterans have done and
continue to do inspires me to give my everything
in everything I do. You are the most outstanding
citizens America has to offer. I hope some day I
can inspire people the same way you inspire me.”
See Heroes, Page 6A
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‘Veterans, you give me a type of person to look toward and model myself after. I
hope that someday I can inspire people in the same way you have inspired me. You
represent an achievement greater than anything money can buy. An achievement that
can only be earned through extraordinary duty, service and honor. But this speech is
not about me. It is about paying our respects to those we are forever indebted to.’
— Taylor Barnes, Seaside High School Student Body President
R.J. Marx photo/Seaside Signal
Seaside High School Student Body President Taylor
Barnes addresses the Veterans Day gathering at the