SEASIDESIGNAL.COM • COMPLIMENTARY COPY OUR 111th YEAR • February 17, 2017 Four contend for vacant city council seat Opening after Barber appointed mayor By R.J. Marx Seaside Signal Four candidates stepped forward to ﬁ ll a City Council vacancy. Norman Brown, John Chapman, George Stacey and Steve Wright each provided a minimum of 10 signatures from Ward 1 residents and ﬁ led forms with the city in- dicating interest in ﬁ lling the remaining two years of Jay Barber’s four-year term. The opening comes after Barber was appointed mayor to ﬁ nish the remainder of former Mayor Don Larson’s four-year term. Larson died in December after serving 14 years as mayor. “We have a very difﬁ cult task before us,” Barber said. “We have four applicants, all of whom are very highly qualiﬁ ed.” Norman Brown John Chapman Brown, a three-year Sea- side resident, is retired after a career as a human resources manager and director. He is a member of the city’s parks ad- George Stacey Steve Wright visory committee. Chapman, a 23-year resi- dent, is a business owner and property manager of Seaside Factory Outlets. He has served on city advertising and budget committees. Stacey, a former high school teacher and broker with John L. Scott Real Estate, is a member of the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. He is a 50-year Seaside resi- dent. Wright, a Seaside home- owner for nearly ﬁ ve years, is a current member of the Bud- get Committee and Planning Commission. He is the former g n i h t e m o S Special chief ﬁ nancial ofﬁ cer of Co- lumbia Grain Inc. “The process that will now happen, the council will inter- view each of these applicants and in an open meeting we will vote to appoint,” Barber said. City Council members will interview the candidates Mon- day from noon to 4 p.m. Each interview is expected to take about an hour, Barber said. The council aims to decide at the last meeting in February. Seaside sees dip in grad rate Numbers up over fi ve-year period, but slip in 2015-16 By Edward Stratton EO Media Group There was one bright spot in the coun- ty’s school graduation rate statistics: Over the past ﬁ ve school years, Warrenton High School has steadily climbed from the worst to nearly the best in Clatsop County at grad- uating students in four years. Seaside, which has historically had a stronger graduation rate, increased from 69 to 74.4 percent over the past ﬁ ve years. But over the past year the grad rate dipped a point. Over the same period of time, Astoria High School has increased from less than 60 percent to a nearly 73 percent four-year graduation rate. Knappa, which boasted the second-high- est graduation rate ﬁ ve years ago at more than 72 percent, fell off into the mid-60s for three years, but built graduation back See Grad Rates, Page 9A By Katherine Lacaze For Seaside Signal Some men demonstrated great skill while maneuver- ing with two, or even more, dance partners during the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District’s Daddy Daughter Dance. O n the dance ﬂ oor, a trio of girls sang along to pop star Katy Perry’s “Roar,” a man clasped the hands of two dance partners as they twirled in unison and a father held his tiny daughter, sur- rounded by a billowing blue dress, and swayed to the music. These and other memories, some tender and some bright, were in the making during the Sun- set Empire Park and Recreation District’s fourth annual Daddy Daughter Dance, held Feb. 4 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. See Dance, page 9 PAID PERMIT NO. 97 ASTORIA, OR PRSRT STD US POSTAGE Something Special Sweet treats that can make a difference Rotary Foundation, Rec District partner together for fundraiser By Rebecca Herren Seaside Signal Gourmet appetizers, tempting treats, wine and beer, silent and live auctions and afternoon music by pianist Lynn Archibald was as sweet of an affair as A Sweet Affaire had to offer on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Seaside Civic and Con- vention Center. For the past 10 years, A Sweet Affaire has been an annual fundraiser to beneﬁ t Sunset Park and Recreation Foundation. It has shared in the organization and fundraising efforts with Seaside Rotary Foundation over the past few years to support both foundation’s scholarship programs and community projects. According to Skyler Archibald, the district’s executive director, the event brought in $20,000 with almost 200 community members in attendance. The paddle bid raised over $4,000 for the foundation. This is Archibald’s sec- ond year participating in the event since taking over as executive director. “Ev- ery year we have new auction items and try to switch up the format. Adding new restaurants gives the event a fresh new look every year.” Archibald pointed out that even though A Sweet Affaire is the district’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the part- nership with Seaside Rotary has worked out well. “This is a really good partner- ship and I really like working with them, they bring a lot of skill and expertise to the event and you feel that you’re really making a difference in someone’s life.” Kevin Leahy, executive director for CEDR, agreed with Archibald about the importance of the event for both foun- dations. With the Rotary’s philosophy of giving back to the community, Leahy See Fundraiser, Page 9A REBECCA HERREN/SEASIDE SIGNAL First of the many winners of the Spin The Wheel game at A Sweet Aﬀ air were Brian Owen, Chamber of Commerce executive director, who one a $45 gift certiﬁ cate to Pig ’N Pancake and Shelly Saunders, who won a $50 gift certiﬁ - cate to Uptown Cafe.