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Astoria has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.

This year, July 4th is on a Saturday, meaning there will be more people than ever coming to the towns of Long Beach, Westport, Ocean Shores and others to celebrate at the beach. Experience shows that as a result, thousands of pounds of debris will cover the beaches on Sunday morning July 5th. Fireworks are primarily made out of plastic.  These plastics are harmful to wildlife and leave a mess on normally pristine beaches.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries throughout Oregon and the country.

Clatsop Community College invites the community to the groundbreaking for the "new" Patriot Hall, Saturday, June 13, 11am-1pm. Tour Patriot Hall and reminisce with friends and family. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 in Patriot Hall. A complimentary lunch will be served following the ceremony at approximately noon.

The Oregon State University Class of 2015 will top 6,000 graduates for the first time in the university's history – and many of the newest members of Beaver Nation will be on hand this Saturday, June 13, when OSU holds its 146th commencement.

The City of Astoria has just announced the hiring of Kevin A. Cronin as Community Development Director. Mr. Cronin brings over 15 years of extensive work experience in city planning, community development, economic development, and real estate with a range of agencies.

Clatsop County is seeking applicants for a citizen member on the Public Safety Coordinating Council.

The PSCC is a regional advisory body to the county Board of Commissioners. It develops and recommends plans for providing effective, comprehensive corrections programs for both adults and juveniles, and works to make sure there is a continuum of programs and services that promote healthy behavior, ensure the ability to protect the community and hold offenders accountable.

The vacant position is for a two-year term. Application forms are available online at www.co.clatsop.or.us under "Committee Vacancies," from the office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, or by calling (503) 325-1000.

Oregon's Fish Screening Task Force will meet Thursday, June 18 in Astoria. The meeting will take place at the Comfort Suites Columbia River at 3420 Leif Erickson Dr., Astoria, OR 97103.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to attend the 117th anniversary celebration and reopening of North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.

Expect construction work in several locations at the same time as the city launches the next phase of a massive, multi-year project to control sewers overflowing into the Columbia and Youngs Bay this coming Monday June 1.  The 16th street project will involve construction teams from Emery & Sons working in the following areas of town:

Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, creating another U.S. TV and Internet giant.  The deal comes a month after Comcast, the country's largest cable provider and owner of NBCUniversal, walked away from a $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 cable company, after intense pressure from regulators. Time Warner Cable had chosen the Comcast deal and rejected a $38 billion hostile offer from Charter in early 2014.

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