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OUR 110th YEAR • March 4, 2016
Medical now,
to follow in
City already has requests for
recreational sales permits
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
Last fall, Seaside city councilors
faced “the inevitable” when they
approved business licensing medi-
cal dispensaries, including Highway
420 and Cannabis Nation. Both busi-
nesses are regulated by the Oregon
Health Authority.
On Monday, Feb. 22, councilors
took a step to clarify rules for recre-
ational sales, which are regulated by the
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
and unlikely to open until late 2016.
The new rules will implement
similar requirements as in the dis-
pensary ordinance.
“It will effectively limit the num-
ber of businesses you can have, and
it would also adopt the same restric-
tions in the downtown core area that
apply to medical marijuana,” Plan-
ning Director Kevin Cupples said.
Without a recreational marijuana
licensing ordinance in place, Cup-
ples said the city could be challenged
and drawn into “protracted legal bat-
tles over whether or not it does or
does not prohibit the activity.”
“Rather than being challenged,
we decided to go straight to an or-
dinance and say, ‘This is how it’s
going to be regulated,’ and go on in
the same manner as we did the med-
ical marijuana facilities: time, place,
See Pot, Page 7A
Seaside food
pantry seeks
support for
Board members envision
campaign to help promote
health-centered culture
By Katherine Lacaze
Seaside Signal
The South County Community
Food Bank is launching a fundrais-
ing project to support its long-term
operations, the second-part of the or-
ganization’s “Imagine a Community
Without Hunger” campaign.
Throughout 2014 and 2015, the
food pantry held a capital fundrais-
ing campaign to ¿ nance purchasing
land, moving to a new building and
operating the food pantry through
2015. Now the organization, led by a
fundraising committee, hopes to raise
about $170,000 and establish a per-
manent funding stream. The amount
See Pantry, Page 7A
boys, girls
to state
playoff s
The Seaside boys basket-
ball team, following their
league title-clinching
win over Tillamook.
By Gary Henley
EO Media Group
The Seaside girls and the Seaside and Astoria boys basketball
teams will all be hosting state playoff games this weekend.
In order to gain a berth in the prestigious state competition, the
Seaside boys put their Feb. 2 game away early, and ¿ nished strong
to defeat Tillamook 72-37. With the win, the Gulls secured a spot
in the Sweet 16 to take the OSAA’s No. 2 ranking into the state
The Gulls had to wait for a ¿ nal score from Astoria, then the
celebration was on, as Seaside — which trailed the Fishermen by
one game in the standings with two games left.
Seaside ¿ nished the regular season 20-3 overall, their ¿ rst 20-
win season since 2011-12, when the Gulls won 26 and shared the
Cowapa title with Scappoose.
Hunter Thompson had his second -straight 20-point game for
Seaside, which led 46-20 by halftime.
Jaxson Smith added 15 points for the Gulls, who had 10 players
in the scoring column.
On the boys’ side, Seaside (the No. 2 seed at 20-3 overall) hosts
La Grande (10-9), also 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Astoria’s Fishermen
(18-7) host Cascade (13-10), 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Brick House.
The winners of those two games will play each other in the state
quarter¿ nals, 8:15 p.m. March 10 at Liberty High School in Hill-
Seaside players, including Whitney Westerholm, center, cele-
brate after their 53-43 win against Valley Catholic at Clatskanie
High School.
Win in tie-breaker
The stakes were high for the Seaside girls basketball team Tues-
day, Feb. 23, in a Cowapa League tie-breaker vs. Valley Catholic
at Clatskanie.
With a win, the Gulls bypassed the Regional Play-in round and
host the ¿ rst -round state playoff game March 4. The No. 6-ranked
Gulls cruised past the Valiants 53-43.
Seaside had no problem in overcoming a 20-14 de¿ cit in the
second quarter, as Sydney Villegas scored six points in the period
and Whitney Westerholm dropped in a 3-pointer to help the Gulls
take a 28-24 halftime lead. Paige Ideue also had a pair of 3-pointers
in the ¿ rst half, and scored on a layup to cap a quick 6-0 run to start
the second half.Maddi Utti and Westerholm added 3-pointers, and
a three-point play by Villegas basically put the game away, 43-27.
Utti led the Gulls with 14 points to go with eight rebounds, and
Westerholm celebrated her birthday with 11 points and four assists.
Villegas ¿ nished with a double-double, 11 points and 10 boards.
The Lady Gulls (19-5 overall) host North Marion (18-7) at 6:30
p.m. Friday in a Sweet 16 Class 4A girls’ playoff, with the winner
advancing to face either Baker or Ma]ama in the state quarter¿ nals,
March 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Forest Grove High School.
More than just the writing on the wall
By Susan Romersa
For Seaside Signal
”When Rain is Born,” by Susan Read
What is it about the art of calligra-
phy that draws artists from throughout
the centuries?
“I love the free form, rather than the
more structured,” North Coast callig-
rapher Bev Gilbertson said ahead of an
exhibition of calligraphy by local cal-
ligraphers at Seaside Public Library.
Gilbertson, Kay Aya Rebecca
Read, and John Rippey. The dis-
play will be held in the library foyer
and community room from March 8
through April 26.
Calligraphy is an art that has
roots in all cultures. Chinese, Japa-
nese and Arabic penmanship all have
centuries of calligraphic history as
strong as the Western tradition of
letter arts.
Calligraphy is a visual art related
to writing. It is the design and exe-
cution of lettering with a broad tip
instrument, dip pen, or brush. A con-
temporary calligraphic practice can
be de¿ ned as “the art of giving form
to signs in an expressive, harmoni-
ous, and skillful manner.
Modern-day calligraphy is most
familiar to us as linen and paper art.
We often see it in wedding invitations
and sometimes incorporated into ¿ ne
art pieces. It continues to À ourish in
the forms of font designs, hand-let-
tered logo designs, cut stone inscrip-
tions and memorial documents.
Rebecca Read, one of the four
participating artists, said that she
See Calligraphy, Page 7A