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:
• Columbia River Maritime Museum Deputy Director Dave Pearson, who is leaving the museum later this month to become executive director at World of Speed, a motor sports museum in Wilsonville. Pearson has been with the maritime museum for 22 years and also serves as president of the city’s Planning Commission. Museum Executive Director Sam Johnson called Pearson a “mainstay of this institution” and said the museum will miss him “extraordinarily.” The museum will conduct a going-away party for Pearson on Oct. 18 that is open to the public.
• Kerry Strickland, a Knappa mother who founded the nonprofit Jordan’s Hope for Recovery after her son died from a heroin overdose two years ago. Strickland recently attended Gov. Kate Brown’s ceremonial signing of a new law that improves access to anti-overdose drugs and is becoming a visible face in helping state and local leaders develop drug addiction policy. After the bill signing in Salem in September, Strickland attended the first meeting of Brown’s opioid task force. She said the signing and the meeting sent a good signal that the state is committed to fighting the opioid epidemic that has led to thousands of deaths.
• NW Natural, which last month partnered with the kickoff campaign for the Clatsop County United Way, social service agencies and emergency service groups to conduct a family-friendly emergency preparedness event at the Astoria Armory. While children stayed busy with an assortment of games, gymnastics and face painting, parents were able to learn about how to keep children safe during emergencies. About 250 people turned out for the event.
• Four Seaside Police officers, who were recognized last week by Police Chief Dave Ham for their handling of a dramatic mental health crisis situation in August. Police Sgt. Johannes Korpela and officers Matthew Brown, Elise Parkman and Nathan Tapper were recognized for responding and calming a mentally disturbed person who was in crisis with a firearm on Aug. 23, Ham said. “Those officers handled that very professionally and with respect and dignity,” he said. Ham added that after calming the person, the officers were able to peacefully disarm him and take him into custody to get the mental health treatment he needed.
• The Astor Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, which recently raised $2,650 in a rummage sale and raffle to buy new books for the school’s library.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• The Oregon Department of Human Services, which according to a state audit needs to take immediate action to improve safety and the well-being for about 13,000 elderly low-income people and those with disabilities in its Consumer-Employed Provider program. According to Oregon Secretary of State’s Office auditors, the program gives seniors and those with disabilities the opportunity to safely remain in their homes to receive the care they need from caregivers of their choice. The choice comes with requirements. Clients are responsible for hiring, training, supervising and dismissing their home-care workers, who are often relatives. But the auditors found shortcomings. Some clients, like those with Alzheimer’s, may not able to successfully manage their home-care workers, and the program does not ensure home-care workers are properly trained. Additionally, auditors said excessive workloads and lack of good data inhibit case managers’ monitoring abilities, Without addressing these issues, those in the program may be at greater risk of fraud, neglect or abuse, auditors said.
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