Astoria Sunday Market opens May 12

ASTORIA — Among the first signs of summer is opening day of Astoria Sunday Market. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the return of colorful flower bouquets, aromatic kettle corn and roasted nuts, and festive tents sprouting along 12th Street each Mother’s Day — May 12 this year.

Astoria Sunday Market is a growers and makers market offering a wide range of goods from finely crafted wood products to carefully cultivated produce and plants. The Market is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday May 12 through Oct. 13. The Market encompasses three blocks of vendors, a food court behind Wells Fargo bank with regional bands performing original music and another parking lot between Duane and Exchange offering more produce, plants, art, and hand-crafted items.

Returning vendors include artist Bill Dodge who has failed at retirement three times and in his mid-80s is back full time at Astoria Sunday Market; wildlife artist Dave Bartholet; and after a long hiatus, Anne McBride with her fabulous Tide Guide clocks returns part-time for 2019.

Also returning are Packer Orchards from Hood River, kettle corn from Jo’s Country Market who also returns with their produce stand and Hermiston watermelons; Kingfisher, DeAsis and Spring Up Farms; Table 360 Bakery with their weekly specials; Nehalem Bay and Buddha Cat wineries and Pilot House Distillery along with many other familiar faces!

For more information, music schedule and vendor directory, visit www.AstoriaSundayMarket.com, email AstoriaSundayMarket@gmail.com or call 503-325-1010.

Regional economic conference set for Seaside in May

SEASIDE — The 53rd annual Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference will be held in Seaside May 21-23.

The conference offers a compelling line-up of speakers, paper presentations, and poster sessions related to housing, energy, transportation, natural resources, workforce issues, rural economies, and many other topics. The full program agenda is available at www.PNREC.org.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs”; Dr. Liz Laderman of the Federal Reserve-San Francisco; and Matthew Gardner, chief economist for Windermere Real Estate.

McAndrew Burns of the Clatsop County Historical Society will provide a historical perspective on John Astor, the Oregon fur trade, and the formation of communities along the Northern Oregon Coast. The conference also features a half-day training event with trainers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.), who will share data for building a business and measuring the local economy.

Company gains ‘B Corp™’ status

LONG BEACH and SEASIDE — Adrift Hotels SPC, “a women-led family brand” of boutique hotels, restaurants and a craft distillery in Pacific and Clatsop counties, is now one of only six hospitality companies worldwide to be certified as a B Corp™ across all of its businesses: Adrift Hotel, Inn at Discovery Coast, Ashore Hotel, Shelburne Hotel, Pickled Fish Restaurant and Adrift Distillers.

This designation places Adrift among a limited group of companies who have “elected to prove their commitment to social and environmental justice.” Adrift scored an overall 99.1 points, compared to the minimum standard needed for certification of 80 points. The assessment ranked Adrift highest in its commitment to the community, workers and environment.

“From our beginnings as a single inn on the Washington Coast, we have been driven by social and environmental principles, and the belief that business can be a force for good in the world. Now, as a Social Purpose Corporation and a certified B Corp™, I’m excited that we will continue to develop with radical transparency,” said Tiffany Turner president and CEO of Adrift.

The first generation of B Corps were certified in 2007. Currently, there are over 2,788 certified B corporations across 150 industries in 64 countries.

Truck driver training offered through CCC campus

TILLAMOOK — Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC) in partnership with Clatsop Community College (CCC) launched a 4-week Class A Commercial Truck Driver Training class at the Mert Center on the CCC campus in Astoria this March. The first group of graduates successfully completed the training program this April and all four students passed the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam on their first attempt.

The next Truck Driver Training Class in Clatsop County is scheduled for July 15 to Aug. 9. To learn more, contact Randy Lane at TBCC 503-842-8222, ext. 1440 or randylane@tillamookbaycc.edu.

The TBCC Truck Driver Training program includes classroom curriculum as well as 120 hours of hands on training in the truck which prepares students for the driving test to receive a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Students receive their permits within their first four days in the classroom while also learning how to work with paper logbooks, trip planning and the pre-trip inspection of a commercial vehicle.

In the 120 hours of the hands-on-training in the truck, students drive different roads in the Astoria-Warrenton area learning to operate a commercial vehicle with other motorists on the road. Controlling a commercial truck on the roads with other motorists, requires a variety of skills including: turning in a town setting, speed control, braking and maintaining safe operation of a commercial vehicle.

Nygaard Logging donated a secure area as a training yard so students can learn hands on with a commercial vehicle to develop the skills required to perform a DMV pre-trip inspection of a commercial truck and basic driving skills before driving on roadways. With the training yard, instructor/driver trainer James Crowe can teach each student the driving skills needed to operate a commercial vehicle. Crowe, helped successfully launch the program in Tillamook and is now instructing and training for the Astoria program.

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