ASTORIA - Destination: The Pacific (DTP) recently announced that Bob Andrew, owner of the Cottage Bakery in Long Beach and declared candidate for mayor, will be its new board president.

Al Smiles, executive director for Seaside Chamber of Commerce, is the group's new vice president.

Andrew replaces Lester McNary, who resigned at the May meeting. Andrew is president of the Long Beach Merchants Association and serves of the board of Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark.

DTP board secretary is Gayle Borchard, owner of Independent Books and G Borchard Associates, an environmental planning firm in Long Beach. McAndrew Burns, Executive Director of Clatsop County Historical Society in Oregon, is the DTP treasurer.

Destination: The Pacific is a bi-state non-profit that is preparing a Heritage Area Study as the first step toward congressional designation of the proposed Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area.

Destination: The Pacific is dedicated to creating regional and national awareness of the cultural and historical significance of the Columbia River gateway to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the National Heritage Area efforts, DTP is acting as the umbrella organization for Pacific Northwest Living Historians and supports a variety of educational, trail construction and interpretation support to the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

Contributions are being sought for a Heritage Area Study. Donations should be made to Destination: The Pacific and sent to Heritage Area Study, c/o DTP, P.O. Box 2005, Astoria, OR, 97103.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation is providing DTP with a $5,000 grant toward underwriting the Heritage Area Study. DTP is seeking to raise the initial $50,000 this summer to get the study started. Since launching the campaign earlier this month more than $12,000 has been raised. Contributions have come from Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark, the city of Long Beach, Ilwaco and Long Beach Merchants Associations, the Snow Family Foundation, Seaside Chamber of Commerce, and individual contributions. 

The DTP board is fully behind the campaign with 100 percent of the board pledging a contribution for the study. 

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