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:
• Organizers of the 37th annual Washington State International Kite Festival, which concludes its weeklong run Sunday on the Long Beach Peninsula. The festival is one of the biggest events on the peninsula each year and attracts thousands of spectators who watch the colorful, high-flying kites flown by experts from around the world. The festival has featured workshops, kite battles and demonstrations, and many of the spectators also have been partaking in the kite flying. Another highlight this year has been a display from the Buffalo Kite Project, which exhibited a collection of 14 large kites created by some of the nation’s most highly regarded Native American artists.
• Firefighters from throughout Clatsop County, who are helping battle a raging wildfire near Sisters, in Deschutes County in central Oregon. Knappa Fire Chief Paul Olheiser has been coordinating the local help effort and said 13 firefighters from Seaside, Olney, Lewis and Clark, Warrenton and Knappa districts were sent last week to help combat the Milli Fire after the governor issued a call for additional resources from outside the Deschutes County area to help battle the blaze.
• Six local 4H equestrian riders, who will be competing in a variety of events this weekend at the State Fair in Salem. The riders are from Astoria and Knappa high schools and include three graduating seniors. Competing are Angelina Lindres of Astoria and Olivia Rilatos and Haylee Skipper of Knappa, while the graduating seniors competition includes Kaisa Israel and Maggie McClean of Astoria and Kaitlyn Landwehr of Knappa.
• Diane Buttrell, a retired teacher who lives on the Long Beach Peninsula and founded the Oysterville Science Academy, a creative summer program that encourages youngsters to learn about science in a fun setting at the historic Oysterville School House. The free program is now in its third year. With the help of visiting teachers and guest speakers, the program uses curriculum based on materials from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that are designed to improve student achievement and literacy in science and math.
• U.S. Bank, which recently donated $4,000 to the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific’s School Activity Sponsorship Program, The program provides money for fees and gear for local children’s sports, cultural, art and scholastic-based activities.
• The nonprofit Cannon Beach Arts Association, which recently marked its 30th anniversary, The arts association represents 150 regional and local artists working in fine arts and crafts in nine curated shows each year. Lila Wickham is the nonprofit’s current board president, and through the years the association has grown to include a number of programs including the Cannon Beach Gallery, summer concerts in the park, arts in education and individual artist grants.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Thieves who have recently targeted local businesses with an email phishing campaign and a telephone advertising scam. The phishing scam involves employees’ W-2 forms, which can put staffers’ Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves, while the other targets local businesses with calls from fraudsters pretending to represent Astoria High School athletics in soliciting advertisements for calendars. In the W-2 scam, cyberthieves send emails that appear to come from executives inside the targeted organizations. The emails have spoofed addresses and ask payroll or human resources departments to reply with a list of all employees and their W-2 forms. Some emails also ask companies to transfer money to a specified bank account. The IRS says more than 200 businesses nationwide have been victimized, and companies should always be on alert for anyone asking for employees’ W-2 forms or for wire transfers of money. In the other scam, Astoria High School Athletic Director Howard Rub said no company has been authorized to represent the high school and that the athletic department works directly with businesses and community members for the support of its programs.
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