Each week we recognize those people and organizations in the community deserving of public praise for the good things they do to make the North Coast a better place to live, and also those who should be called out for their actions.
This week’s Shoutouts go to:
• Astoria Sunday Market, which operates through a nonprofit organization by the same name and began its 17th season last weekend, on Mother’s Day. The opening day brought an overflow crowd downtown throughout the afternoon browsing the booths of vendors offering locally-made products that have been hand-crafted, grown, created or gathered by the farmers, craftspeople and artisans. Sunday Market also features live music and an appetizing food court. The marketplace runs every Sunday downtown on 12th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 8. The Astoria Sunday Market organization has a goal of revitalizing downtown, with funds being reinvested in downtown projects, enterprises and efforts that support the nonprofit’s mission.
• Margaret Frimoth, who was chosen to be Clatsop Community College’s new vice president of academic affairs. Frimoth is the director of the successful Lives in Transition program, but will be stepping down from it to oversee academic standards and prepare the college for its accreditation review in two years. Teena Toyas, who had been sharing the duties with Frimoth as the interim vice president, was named dean of transfer education and will focus on scheduling, curriculum and instruction, while teaching part time.
• The Seaside Visitors Bureau, which was honored by Travel Oregon with the Outstanding Overall Oregon Marketing Program Award in its 2016 Travel and Tourism Industry Achievement Awards. The recognition came during the recent 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Salem. The award was presented to the visitor’s bureau after it completed a full rebranding effort that included a new responsive website and a more visual and content-driven visitor’s guide.
• Local high school athletes who are competing in the state high school track and field championships today and Saturday at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The Astoria girls team is favored to repeat as champions in Class 4A after capturing their third consecutive Cowapa League title last weekend. The Astoria boys team is sending four athletes to state. Seaside High School has one girl and five boys who qualified for the competition. In the 3A division, three girls and four boys from Warrenton qualified for the meet, while in Class 2A two girls and one boy from Knappa will be competing. In Class 1A two girls and one boy will be representing Jewell High School at the meet,
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Scammers who have been targeting local businesses with what the Better Business Bureau calls the “Vanity Award Scheme.” In the ploy, the scammers send email notices to small businesses and nonprofits notifying them they are a recipient of a “Best of” award of one of the region’s cities or organizations, but in order to claim their trophy or personalized plaque, the businesses are asked to pay first. The BBB serving the Northwest says to avoid falling for these types of scams, businesses should ask plenty of questions because most awards don’t come with a cost to the recipient. Learn everything about who is giving the award, and if it is coming from a mystery company, chances are it’s part of a scam. Businesses and organizations that offer legitimate awards will usually be willing to provide detailed information on why a specific company received the award, and who nominated them. Businesses can research the company’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org to ensure the offer is legit.
Do you have a Shoutout or Callout you think we should know about? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to take a look.