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:
• Ron Craig, executive director and founder of the Astoria International Film Festival, and volunteers who staged last weekend’s 11th annual event at the Liberty Theatre. Attendees were able to check out foreign films, American classics, documentaries and film shorts created by regional filmmakers, all under the theme of “The Human Spirit.” The festival also featured a documentary tribute to James Beard, which was directed by Beth Federici. Beard was a reknown chef who born in Portland and spent many summers in Gearhart prior to his death in 1985. After the documentary screening, festivalgoers were encouraged to visit Baked Alaska on the Riverwalk to pay tribute to Beard and share stories about him.
• Candace Pozdolski, a 911 Astoria lead dispatcher with 11 years of experience, who recently earned the state chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ Telecommunicator of the Year Award. She also received an Impact Award for her part in implementing a text to 911 system. Pozdolski was recently promoted to the newly formed operations supervisor position, which was created to improve communication and management at the dispatch center. She will oversee the planning, training and supervision of the daily operations of the center.
• Warrenton resident Martin McMaster, who with the help of Pacific Seafoods, Warrenton Fiber Co./Nygaard Logging and Zorich Trucking is keeping a local Halloween tradition alive. For more than 70 years, the Willner family has provided pumpkins for Warrenton and Astoria schoolchildren at the Quincy & Bessie Robinson Community Park. This year, McMaster, a family friend, stepped in to organize the effort and the companies made donations for the pumpkin purchases to keep the tradition going in the community.
• The all-volunteer members of Seaside Kids, Inc., who recently staged the organization’s annual Pancake and Sausage Feed at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. The longstanding breakfast-for-dinner fundraiser drew about 400 people who indulged in all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, prepared by Oregon Fine Foods and plated by volunteers. Young football players dressed in their game jerseys filled water cups and cleared plates and tables. The organization’s mission for more than 60 years has been to provide healthy, wholesome athletic activities annually to more than 600 local kids. Families don’t pay for equipment or uniforms, which is made possible through sponsorships, donations from businesses and fraternal organizations and fundraisers like the pancake feed.
• Local high school athletes who will be vying in the state playoffs as the post-season starts this weekend for the region’s sports teams. The Astoria football team will play in a Regional Play-in game at Estacada, while the Astoria volleyball squad travels for a first-round state playoff match Saturday at Baker. Astoria soccer teams await opponents in the 4A Regional Play-in round, while the Seaside boys soccer team has clinched a league title and will host a first-round state playoff game on Wednesday. The Seaside and Knappa football teams have also clinched league titles, and will host first-round playoff games, Nov. 3 or 4.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• Scammers who targeted guests at a Cannon Beach hotel and possibly others in the region, using room-service bills in attempts to get guests’ credit card information. Cannon Beach police reported that a fraudster contacted a hotel dining room/restaurant by phone this week, claiming to be from the accounting department and saying there had been problems posting room-service credit card billings. Using that as his justification, the scammer was able to get information from staff, including names, room numbers and specific room-service meals. The scammer then contacted the front desk asking to be transferred to guest rooms. Using the information he obtained, he was able to convince the guests that there had been a problem processing their credit cards. Police said the guests provided him with their card information, thinking it was a legitimate since he had such specific information.
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