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    April 13, 2018 • Seaside Signal • seasidesignal.com • 5A
Patrolling the highway, and cleaning up Seaside
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atteries. Coffee cups.
Construction debris. Lids
for coffee cups. Plastic bags.
Fast food wrappers. Lots and lots
of cigarette butts. These items
represent the vast majority of things
that are deposited on the side of
Highway 101 in our beautiful town
by drivers and others.
This is litter. This is trash. This
is harmful to the environment and
ugly to look at.
The Oregon portion of Highway
101 offers unparalleled scenery and
views of the ocean. Outside of a
couple of sections, the Pacific itself
is never far from the road and there
are nearly 100 state parks along the
363 miles of the Oregon 101.
Our wonderful area is no
different with scenic views of the
mountains and an ocean breeze
that nestles the highway travelers.
If you’re lucky you may even see
some of our famous Roosevelt Elk
as you travel north or southbound
on Highway 101.
In 2016, the Oregon Department
of Transportation released some
astounding numbers on traffic flow
in this area. Their report indicated
that nearly 7,000 vehicles travel
Highway 101 in Clatsop County
each day! And that astounding num-
ber is only accurate for the month of
January! ODOT figures that number
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SKYLER ARCHIBALD
swells in the Summer months to
more than 10,000 vehicles daily.
That’s a lot of traffic, a lot of
people and, unfortunately, a lot of
litter. The litter is a problem.
Twice a year, the Seaside Rotary
Club gathers to help fix this prob-
lem. The club gathers on a Saturday
and divides up the Highway 101
from the 24th Avenue bridge on the
north side of town all the way to the
Avenue U intersection on the South.
Club members patrol the east
and west side of the highway and
pick up the litter that has been
dumped over the previous six
months. You may see club members
in bright orange vests and pickers or
see some of the bright yellow bags
that are filled up and picked up by
Volunteers help keep Seaside clean.
ODOT after the event. In past ex-
periences, the club has filled 20-25
bags of trash from that area alone.
trash out of their window, without
I experience incredibly contrast-
reservation it seems.
ing emotions whenever I participate
Clean up efforts that occur in any
in this highway cleanup. There is
public space are challenging and
always sadness that so many people costly. Litter is a threat to the beauty
think so little of our community and of our area but it’s also a threat to
environment that they drop their
public health and the plants that
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fight for survival near the heavily
traveled road.
As dryer months approach, I
hope to get reacquainted with my
old practice of riding my bike to
work. I love the experience of
making it the few miles in just a few
more minutes than it took for me to
drive and it’s especially gratifying
on those high traffic days when
biking may actually beat driving.
Call it bad luck but last year I
had a string of misfortune when I
collected three flat tires in just one
week! Glass, a nail and a construc-
tion staple all contributed to the
flat tires. Those experiences left me
frustrated that so many people don’t
take extra time to ensure that their
debris and rubbish ends up in the
right spot.
But I’m also deeply impressed
with the resolution and nobleness of
the Seaside Rotarians. They gather,
rain or shine, to perform this act
of service for our community. This
year we’ll be joined by some local
businesses that have highway front-
age and recognize the importance of
this work.
You don’t have to be too bright
to recognize the value of a first
impression and for many the
impression of our area is first had
from what they can see on the
highway. Here’s to hoping that view
of the highway is a bit less clut-
tered thanks to the Rotary Club of
Seaside.
Skyler Archibald is the executive
director of the Sunset Empire Park
& Recreation District and a member
of the Rotary Club of Seaside.
Women’s group salutes Sheila Roley
By Cindy Gould
AAUW President
When I moved from
Portland to live at the coast,
my friends were concerned
that I would be lonely and
isolated. What they didn’t
know was that I had come to
a community of beauty and
talented people. Dr. Shei-
la Roley, superintendent of
Seaside School District, is
one of those special individ-
uals who lives in our coastal
town. I first heard about her
when she was the Seaside
High School principal. A
grandmother of one her stu-
dents told me how she start-
ed the Seaside High School
talent show. Roley came out
on stage singing, “I’m so ex-
cited.” The audience roared.
Our Seaside AAUW branch
joins in cheering for her.
Not only does Roley instill
energy in her students, she
tackles large projects with
great enthusiasm as well.
Our Branch had the honor of
working with her as we sup-
ported the effort to pass the
new school bond. The bond
passed with over-whelming
support from the community.
Having become aware of
her accomplishments, the
Seaside AAUW honored Ro-
ley with our Breaking Barri-
ers Award at its “Spring into
Fashion” style show in April
2017. Recipients are chosen
based on their exceptional
ability to break barriers for
women and children. We
then put Roley’s name into
nomination for recognition
by the Oregon AAUW.
Much to our delight, Ro-
ley was selected and the state
AAUW
Sheila Roley and Cindy Gould.
‘Sheila Roley is one of the very
best administrators I have had
the pleasure to work with.
I feel fortunate to have her
dedication and expertise serving
the staff, students and parents
of Seaside School District.’
Dr. Douglas Dougherty,
superintendent-emeritus
organization will honor her
with their statewide Break-
ing Barriers Award on April
21 in Hillsboro. She will be
honored for her accomplish-
ments in promoting educa-
tion and equity for girls and
women not only in Clatsop
County but throughout the
state as a mentor for aspiring
school leaders.
Roley has been a part of
the educational community
of Seaside since 1990 serv-
ing as teacher, elementary
school principal, middle
school principal, high school
principal and now superin-
tendent of Seaside School
District. In Seaside she was
the first female high school
principal and superintendent
of schools. Roley graduated
from college in the field of
fisheries biology from the
University of Washington.
She later obtained her teach-
er certification from Seattle
University and ultimately her
doctorate in education from
Lewis and Clark University.
She says she “chose ed-
ucation as a career because
I thought it would not be
that hard, I would have lots
of time off and I probably
would not do it very long.
Turned out it was really hard
work, not much time off and
I am still at it after 30 years.
And it is the best career deci-
sion I could have made.”
Indeed, we are lucky to
have such a dedicated wom-
an leading our young people
and educators in Seaside. Dr.
Douglas Dougherty, super-
intendent-emeritus writes,
“Sheila Roley is one of the
very best administrators I
have had the pleasure to
work with. I feel fortunate to
have her dedication and ex-
pertise serving the staff, stu-
dents and parents of Seaside
School District.”
The Breaking Barriers
award is presented annually
at the “Spring into Fashion”
style show held to raise funds
for local scholarships. One
of the ways we carry out our
mission to advocate for wom-
en and girls is to give three
scholarships annually: to
women returning to school,
girls who are the first in their
family to attend college, and
a woman or girl who has
demonstrated an exceptional
ability to break barriers. This
year the style show will be
held May 12, at the Astoria
Golf and Country Club, from
2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $30 for
adults and $20 for students.
More than 10 merchants will
feature their clothing with
finger sandwiches and des-
sert served. Tickets are avail-
able at Beach Books in Sea-
side or by contacting Linda at
SHARLU@hotmail.com.
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Deadlines for registration are ahead.
Register to vote for
primary election
The deadline to register for
the May primary election is
approaching.
Residents must regis-
ter with the Clatsop County
Clerk and Elections Office
by 5 p.m. on April 24 to be
eligible to vote May 15. Reg-
istrations can be handed into
the office at 820 Exchange St.
or postmarked by the dead-
line. Forms are available at
the elections office, U.S. post
offices, public libraries, state
Department of Motor Vehi-
cles offices or online through
the Oregon Secretary of
State’s office.
Residents are required to
register if they wish to either
vote for the fist time or change
their party affiliation, and
the county has urged those
who have moved to fill out
the proper forms. The Inde-
pendent Party of Oregon has
opened its primary election
for anyone who is not a mem-
ber of a specific party. Those
ballots must be requested
through the county website or
the elections office before the
registration deadline.
Candidates are running
for state House District 32,
the 1st Congressional District
and three seats on the Clatsop
County Board of Commis-
sioners. Additionally, four tax
levies — for the Lewis and
Clark Rural Fire Department,
Clatskanie Rural Fire Depart-
ment, Warrenton Police De-
partment and the Clatsop Care
Health District — will also be
on the ballot.
Ballots will be mailed out
starting April 25. One voter
pamphlet per each registered
household will arrive before
ballots are sent out. More in-
formation can be found at the
county website or at 503-325-
8511.
Socializing through games and movement improves seniors’ health
By Susan Cody
For EO Medja Group
Did you know that social-
izing and playing games can
keep you healthier longer?
In the comfortable lobby
of the Astoria Senior Cen-
ter a few people are relaxing
and talking. About 20 bridge
players are in another room
gearing up for an afternoon
of cards. In the cafeteria, an-
other 18 people gather to play
pinochle.
Similar to the Bob
Chisholm Center in Seaside,
activities abound for residents
to get out and do something.
Whether it is line dancing,
music, yoga, exercise class-
es, free movies, cards, board
games, education or a musical
jam session, there are ways to
engage and meet like-minded
people.
The Astoria Senior Center
is a great place to socialize,
says Larry Miller, the center’s
director. The new space is
designed for many activities
that don’t interfere with each
other, such as playing pool,
using computers or eating
lunch.
SUE CODY
Jeanne Nasby, Marion Blake and Jack Bland play bridge at
the Astoria Senior Center.
“Everybody enjoys it,”
Miller says. “It is welcoming
and friendly, and you can get
lots of snacks and coffee. The
coffee’s always on.”
The benefits of playing
games
“Researchers have discov-
ered that mentally challeng-
ing games such as bridge are
well suited for older people
because the games offer intel-
lectual and social stimulation
on a routine basis,” AARP
reports. “A study in 2000 at
the University of California,
Berkeley, found strong evi-
dence that an area in the brain
used in playing bridge stimu-
lates the immune system.”
Paul Buckman of Astoria,
says he was mourning after
his wife died. He tried group
counseling, then took some
bridge lessons. He found
bridge was much more help-
ful than counseling.
“You sit down at the
bridge table and everything
else just melts away,” says
Sue Kroning a Seaside bridge
instructor.
Buckman says, “It’s a fas-
cinating game. It keeps me
away from TV and napping
on the couch.”
He now assists Kroning,
setting up tables for lessons
and bridge games at the Bob
Chisholm Community Cen-
ter.
Kroning says the main
benefit of playing bridge is
the social aspect. You can in-
teract with friends.
“I don’t like to call it a
club, because it sounds exclu-
sive, and it’s not,” says Kro-
ning. “Membership is loose.
You don’t have to belong to
a bridge club…anybody can
come and play.
“For people new to the
area, it has wonderful bene-
fits like meeting people and
forming a social circle.”
“I feel like I can go any-
where and find a bridge game
and meet new friends,” she
says. Playing in a bridge tour-
nament in Seattle, Kroning
recognized an accent from
where she grew up in Rhode-
sia (now Zimbabwe). When
hearing the woman’s name,
she realized the woman was
in her class in grade school.
Even though many players
on the coast are older, young
people are doing really well at
bridge, Kroning says, point-
ing to an American Contract
Bridge League publication.
The Player of the Year is a
28-year-old from Denmark.
There are bridge games
nearly every day in Seaside,
Astoria or Long Beach, Wash-
ington. Lessons are available
for people who want to learn
the game or improve their
skills. For information on
lessons and games see: http://
bit.ly/W2Wbridge or call Sue
Kroning at 503-738-7817.
Other activities keep the
brain active and offer social
interactions, such as pinoch-
le, bingo and board games.
All are available in Seaside
and Astoria.
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