Friday, July 26, 2019 | Seaside Signal | SeasideSignal.com • A5 Getting ready for the next phase of refresh project I walked into the building one morning a couple of weeks ago, letting the door close silently behind me. All of the lights were still off, but lit- tle beams of sunlight streamed in through the windows, illumi- nating little patches of the carpet. I stopped short for a moment in the quiet of the morning, reﬂ ect- ing on the many times I have done this in the past and all of the changes that have occurred since the ﬁ rst day I walked into this building almost 16 years ago. I stared into the main hall for a few moments, in awe at what my Community Center Commission members have accomplished. Nine people from very differ- ent backgrounds who have come together to rally around a com- ‘THE BOB’ DARREN GOOCH mon cause: to leave a lasting leg- acy for their community. Over the years we have lost a few mem- bers, notably Doris Snodgrass and more recently Greta Passetti. It always hurts to lose such great people and that little bit of com- munity center history. Invariably, as one door closes, another one opens and we have moved forward, adding some younger visionaries to our com- mission. Our current chairper- son, Kristin Kabanuk, joined us in 2017 and has brought with her a high level of enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. Jordan Virding and Julia Weinberg are our most recent additions, ﬁ lling vacan- cies left by Greta’s passing and Lou Neubecker’s departure from the commission several months ago. Lou was a driving force in our fundraising campaign for the Main Hall Refresh Project com- pleted earlier this year. As I stood reﬂ ecting on all that has passed, I thought too of all that is yet to come. The main hall refresh isn’t a stopping point in the work to be done here at the center, but a step toward big- ger and better things. The com- mission spent some time in a spe- cial work session this past spring, looking at a bigger picture and establishing a next step for the Bob Chisholm Community Cen- ter. The main hall project was only Phase I of a much larger master plan. Phase II, as envisioned by the commission members, encom- passes the exterior of the building and addresses the much disdained stucco facade. Stucco on the coast, really? Our commissioners looked at many different design ideas and have developed some thoughts as to what materials will provide the best look and longev- ity to our fantastic facility. As the next phase is rolled out over the next couple of years, commission members will look to community members for their support. Supporters who donate $500 or more to any of our proj- ects are forever memorialized with a bronze leaf on our donor tree. The tree is being designed by local artist Jeremy Furnish and slated to be installed sometime in September. The Community Center Com- mission is always open to feed- back and the community is invited to attend commission meetings, at 10 a.m. the ﬁ rst Tuesday of every month in the conference room at the Bob. Every month, The BOB will bring you information on cur- rent events and items of interest here at the center. See you next month! Darren Gooch is the market- ing and IT manager for the Sun- set Empire Park and Recreation District. A fearful dog is not the same thing as an aggressive dog wo clariﬁ cations on behalf of fearful and feral dogs: ONE. Fear does not equal aggression. Fear does not imply aggression. Fear does not even mean that aggression is likely. The internet is a Wild Wild West of bad advice and misinformation, includ- ing such horrifying declarations as the dangerously inaccurate claim that “fear is the ﬁ rst sign of aggres- sion,” which I recently stumbled upon via a social media link. Ironically, the claim was part of an article about mistakes in dog training. I’m thankful I found it though, because it needed to be corrected. Because that kind of false statement too easily leads to needless euthanasia of perfectly innocent dogs. So here’s the truth: Fearful dogs are dogs who do not feel safe, who feel threatened. Aggres- sive dogs, on the other hand, are dogs who seek to eliminate com- petition for resources; they do this using a range of behaviors includ- ing warning, scaring, threatening, and/or attacking the opponent. It would make no sense for a fearful dog to behave in such ways, since a fearful dog seeks to avoid threats and dangers, not instigate them. T Dr. Roger Abrantes of Ethol- ogy Institute Cambridge explains beautifully that “Fear does not elicit aggressive behavior. It would have been a lethal strategy that natural selection would have eradicated swiftly once and for all. A cornered animal does not show aggressive behavior because it is fearful. It does so because its nat- animal knows — or self-defend. TWO. Feral dogs brought into human living situations should not be hand-fed. Sometimes well-meaning individuals, whether in sanctuaries, rescues, shelters or private homes may ﬁ nd them- selves in possession of a feral dog whom they hope to “rehabilitate” into a fear-free companion animal. ‘FEARFUL DOGS ARE DOGS WHO DO NOT FEEL SAFE, WHO FEEL THREATENED. AGGRESSIVE DOGS ARE DOGS WHO SEEK TO ELIMINATE COMPETITION FOR RESOURCES.’ ural responses to a fear-eliciting stimulus (pacifying, submission, ﬂ ight) don’t work.” In other words, when an animal is threatened by another, and that other ignores or rejects the animal’s peaceful attempts to resolve the problem, it is the other who is, in reality, acting as an aggressor, and furthermore, that other’s aggressive behavior in that moment pushes the animal to either shut down com- pletely — accept death, for all the A feral dog — or a “semi-feral” dog — suddenly placed in captiv- ity is not going to be happy about that and will be afraid. A feral dog will want to stay as far away as possible from the humans holding him captive. Even reaching toward a terriﬁ ed pet dog without ﬁ rst accomplishing a series of prepara- tory desensitization steps is a terri- ble idea that is likely to traumatize, so imagine how much worse to reach toward a terriﬁ ed feral dog. But insistence upon hand-feed- ing a feral dog is exponentially worse because 1) the captive feral dog has no other option; 2) the cap- tive feral dog knows that with- out food, he will die; 3) therefore, offering the captive feral dog food only from a human hand is attempt- ing to force human contact upon the human-fearing dog by leveraging a powerful survival motivator (hun- ger) and basic survival need (food), which means that 4) the human is ﬂ ooding the dog, thereby creating additional emotional, behavioral, and physical risks, including but not limited to medical problems, learned helplessness, and/or self-de- fensiveness that would be labeled “aggression” as explained above. There’s also the risk of creating negative associations with food. People who do this often claim that it encourages a “bond” between themselves and the dog, but that could not be further from the truth. A fearful dog — which this dog will be in this situation — seeks to increase the distance between himself and what scares him. But the person shoving her hand in the dog’s face is forcing a decrease in the distance between them. Having just lost his freedom, he now loses the small choices that remained — privacy perhaps, a few feet of air between himself and his captor, when to eat, where, and under what conditions. I watched a video once of a young woman attempting to hand- feed a meal to a newly captive fearful/feral dog held in a “sanctu- ary.” She had platinum white hair, a wide, white-toothed smile, and a huge ball of some white substance in her palm as she leaned toward the large, beige dog, pressing her insistent hand toward his mouth. The dog, housed in a metal-bars kennel inside a dark barn, shoved his spine hard into the farthest cor- ner of his bars. There would be no food that night. Only fear and the cold ﬂ oor’s moist, thin strands of hay. Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, is a certiﬁ ed canine behavior and training professional. Visit her at www.expertcanine.com. vice; my commitment to really hear- ing all members; ﬁ scal responsibility and accountability and sustainability of the co-op. My promise: to meet members directly at least three times a year in different locations in the district (all members welcome), bringing man- agers along. If we can’t answer your concerns immediately, we’ll take your contact information to get you solid answers. I won’t promise to magically drop the rates, but I’m open to new cost-effective technologies. Rates are primarily based on indispensable personnel and equipment — both maintenance and replacement. We still pay for recent massive storm/ ﬂ ood damage. FEMA payouts only cover 75%, and only for locations declared disaster areas. The only source of income for the co-op is what we members pay. I’ve been attending board meet- ings for the past year, as well as learning about America’s electri- cal grid system, studying our own co-op’s history, and reviewing coop- erative law. Please review my candidate state- ment that comes with the ballot mailed July 27 to see how I contrib- ute to my community on an ongoing basis since 2004, and consider voting for me. I’ll hit the ground running,- doing my best to help us all thrive. Thank you! Ericka Paleck Vernonia CANINE CORNER RAIN JORDAN & DAHLIA LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Select Paleck for WOEC board To the members of WOEC: I feel honored to introduce you to Erika Paleck, for those of you who don’t know her. Erika is running for Position 5 on the Western Oregon Electric Company Board. I have known Erika for more than 10 years and have known her to be very ethical, honest, informed and willing to learn. Her husband, Bob, had held the same position for nine years, and learning about WOEC and the inner workings was a joint effort. I met Erika while being a part of the Ford Family Leadership Cohort 2. Erika excelled during the confer- ence and was a driving force to get the courtyard built next to the Learn- ing Center (currently the Senior Cen- ter thrift store). She is also a leader in the Junior Salmon Action for the past 11-plus years. She is a mem- ber of the city Planning Commis- sion, the Vernonia Health Cen- ter Board and other organizations. When she commits to be a part of the organizations, she researches and becomes very knowledgeable about what needs to be done and how to do it. She is always willing to listen to other points of view. You will notice that when she becomes involved in something it’s a long- term commitment. Erika Paleck is a genuine good person and will be a valuable asset to the WOEC Board. I urge you to vote for Erika Paleck for Position 5 on the WOEC board. Carol Davis Vernonia Erika Paleck asks for your vote Long power outages are dangers to our health, livelihoods and qual- ity of life. Western Oregon Electric Company Board of Directors’ pol- icy and priorities are crucial aspects of how this is managed. I am run- ning for the District 5 board of direc- tor seat, but all members vote for all directors. My goals and values: con- tinuing the ongoing upgrade of ser- Learn to monitor debris with COASST training Seaside Signal Learn how to survey for marine debris from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, when the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will deliver two free train- ing sessions in Astoria and Tillamook. The COASST Marine Debris program is focused on the intersection of sci- ence, conservation and com- munities. Rather than sim- ply identifying debris, the program characterizes it and measures its abundance in particular zones of the beach. 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