Cosmopolis Lions Club hopes you ‘see’ Lions Recycle for Sight drop boxes

As spring cleaning gets underway, the Cosmopolis Lions are asking people to look through dresser drawers and closets for used eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.
During the month of May the Cosmopolis Lions Club will be emphasizing the collection of used prescription eyeglasses and prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of a unique recycling program. The collected glasses will be cleaned and prepared for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. “We need everyone to donate their used eyeglasses,” said Lion Rod Matye, “In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.”
The donated glasses will be shipped to the NW Regional Lions Eye glass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.
The Cosmopolis Lions will be out May 1st and 2nd for the annual White Cane fund raising event at the following locations: 1). The Cosmopolis Post Office 114 F St. Cosmopolis; 2). Swanson’s Food, 217 N. Boone St. Aberdeen and 3). Dennis Company 220 N. Boone St. Aberdeen
You may also donate used glasses (including sunglasses and reading glasses), by placing them in the specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes at these locations.
The Cosmopolis Lions Club has 41 members and meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm at 601 2nd St.. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Cosmopolis Lions Club, please contact us at 533-7779 or stop by on our meeting dates.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the website at lionsclubs.org.

 

Lions Recycle for Sight

In just about any dresser drawer, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person’s life.

That’s why we started the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Everyone can help.

Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses.  Most of the recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in developing countries where they will have the greatest impact.

Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help

If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children’s glasses are especially needed. Here’s how you can help.

– See more at: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/sight/index.php#sthash.dNeAaHXO.dpuf

Grays Harbor College now offers ASE Certification for Auto Technicians

For automotive technicians working in the area, Grays Harbor College now provides Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and re-certification testing. Until recently, those working in auto mechanics fields had to travel to Longview or Puyallup for these exams.

For those already working in the field, the renewals are good for 5 years, and the testing is handled by Jim Sorensen, GHC testing specialist. For more information about the ASE mechanic testing, contact him at 360.538.4049, jim.sorensen@ghc.edu.

Students in the College’s Automotive Technology program now take the initial certification tests prior to graduation, according to instructor Denis Samson. The first student to prepare and successfully complete the tests was Brandon Reeson, who graduated last June and now has relocated to Bellingham for a job in his field and possibly continuing his education at Western Washington University. Reeson earned 9 ASE certificates before he graduated, which are good for the first two years of his new career.

To inquire about GHC’s Automotive Technology program, please contact the instructor, Denis Samson, 360.538.4131, denis.sansom@ghc.edu, or the College’s Workforce Education office at 360.538.4011.

Grays Harbor College offering ‘EDventure’ voyage on Lady Washington

The EDventure with Grays Harbor College Continuing Education Department and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport begins on September 17th at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, 500 N Custer Street, in Aberdeen.  Meet us at 9:30 am for a tour of this historical landmark, lunch, and a two hour cruise on the Lady Washington.  Perhaps we can convince the Captain to do a cannon salute.

Cost of the trip is $68.25, which includes cruise, tour, lunch, and snack.  Sign up today online at www.ghc.edu/ce or in-person at Whiteside Continuing Education Center, 418 E First Street, in Aberdeen.  Please contact Bethany Barnard at bethany.barnard@ghc.edu or 360.533.9733 for further information.  Pre-registration is required.

New phone scam claiming to be Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Deputy

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is warning of a new phone scam where a man is calling senior citizens in the county claiming to be Lt. Johnson with their department.

Undersheriff David Pimentel tells us he is claiming that they have outstanding warrants and fines, and wants them to meet withhim in Montesano with cash to cover the warrants and fines. The calls are coming from 360 214-1541 or 360 214-1525.
This is a scam that preys on the elderly and the person identifying himself as Lt Johnson is in no way associated with the GHSO.
Pimentel said if you should receive a call like this do not respond and call the 911 center. If you have any information on who may be making these calls please contact Detective Darrin Wallace at the sheriff’s office.

Westport Aquarium responds to beached Porpoise calf

Staff at the Westport Aquarium aided a harbor Porpoise calf that became stranded on the beach at the Schaefer Road access in Westport yesterday. Olympia scientists were contacted while Mark and Kathryn Mersell with the Westport Aquarium attempted to get the calf to swim on it’s own around 3 Wednesday afternoon. Marc tells us the calf had passed away by the time a scientist with Cascadia Research in Olympia arrived to take possession. A necropsy is scheduled for today, they believe the calf was about 4 days old.

The Westport Aquarium has been working with NOAA’s Regional Standing coordinators in Western Washington for years now, and is trained to handle stranded sea life. If you spot stranded sea life, do not handle them, please contact the West Coast Regional Stranding Coordinator for NOAA at 1-866-767-6114.

Alzheimer’s Association announces Grays Harbor Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for someone with memory loss? Do you need information and support? Nationwide, Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss. Starting July 2014, local meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen. For information call Helen Morning Star at 360.533.2277.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the fastest growing concerns in the United States. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation and is the only cause of death in the top ten without a way to prevent, cure, or slow its progression. Within Washington State, Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death and the prediction is 140,000 people will be living with Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. In the year 2013, nearly 319,000 people in the state of Washington cared for loved ones living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer’s disease research and support, and we are continually striving to progress and make a difference in the fight against this disease. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alzwa.org.

Click here to locate an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group

PictureSupport group meetings are free and open to unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. Please contact the facilitator for meeting verification prior to attending.

All groups listed are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Western & Central WA Chapter and are in compliance with National and Chapter Standards.

Confidentiality of shared information is respected.

If you are a student interested in attending the group to fulfill a class requirement, or if you are a researcher interested in attending, please contact the Director of Community Support at 206.529.3875, 1.800.848.7097 x 237 for authorization.

CalloutFacilitator Resources (Note: these resources are password protected. If you have lost user access information, please contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, at 206.529.3875, 1.8

Construction begins on East Hoquiam Fire Station

Pile Driving begins this week on the East Side Fire Station in Hoquiam. City Administrator Brian Shay said the project is funded through a $900,000 Community Development Block Grant from the State Department of Commerce, and should be complete by the end of the year.

The new station, – at the same address on Ontario Street, will house personnel and equipment critical to providing fire and emergency medical services to residents, businesses and industrial companies along the waterfront.

For more information on this Hometown Hoquiam Project, please contact Fire Chief Paul Dean at 538-3962 or City Administrator Brian Shay at 538-3983.

 

I would like to add a sincere thanks to Brian Shay and Alissa Thurman who worked on the grant proposal in a very short time window to make the case that we needed an updated facility to handle calls to the growing industrial area in the Port area.  Also it is important to assist our partners at the City of Aberdeen when needed.  As the recent issues with the aging Simpson Avenue Bridge have proven, there must be a fire/ambulance presence on the east side of the Hoquiam River. – Hoquiam Mayor Jack Durney

Thomas Rhett to headline Grays Harbor County Fair

 The Grays Harbor County Fair is August 6-10, 2014. Fair staff announced this year’s entertainment will be rising star and American Country Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year, Thomas Rhett. Expect a show “Every night we play a show and we decide to do something crazy on stage,” Thomas said recently.

 

“It Goes Like This”… Golden Circle tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 8th, from 9am-2pm at the Fairgrounds, and will be $40, which includes Fair Admission. If you can’t make it in on the 8th, don’t sweat it, tickets will be available for purchase in the fairgrounds office, while tickets last. Get your reserved seats while you can!

For more information or to purchase please contact the Grays Harbor County Fair & Event Center at 360-482-2651 or stop by the Fair office located at
32 Elma-McCleary RD
Elma, WA
98541

Kilmer announces STEM competition for local high school students

Representative Derek Kilmer today invited high school students from Washington’s 6th Congressional District to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, “The House STEM App Challenge.” This new nationwide competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Local high school students will compete against other students in the 6th Congressional District by creating and exhibiting a software application or “app” for mobile, table, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

 

Students can submit their apps for consideration between Saturday, February 1 at 12 p.m. eastern time and Wednesday April 30 at 12 p.m eastern time. For additional details on how to participate, please see below or visit http://kilmer.house.gov/house-app-contest.

 

Throughout the completion period, participating students will be provided opportunities to engage with various STEM educational partners located throughout the community to mentor and assist them with their app development.  Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process.

 

The submitted apps will be judged by an appointed panel of individuals within the academic, software and entrepreneurial fields.  The winning student’s app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website (www.House.gov), as well as on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.

 

Representative Kilmer said, “As a dad of two little girls who will one day be entering a workforce that needs skilled workers, and as a guy with a background in economic development, I know the increasing role technology is playing in the economy. We should always look for more opportunities to engage young people about the value of a STEM education. I’m looking forward to seeing the innovative apps created by students in our region.”

 

Hadi Partovi, Co-founder and CEO of Code.org said, “Increased education in STEM and computer science is essential to the future of our country. Every student, not just the ones who want to pursue a career in technology, will benefit from a broad understanding of the science and especially the computer technology that powers the world around us.”

 

Charles Keating, President of West Sound Technology Association said, “Programming and technology skills are as important as math, reading and writing for brain function lateralization and a 21st century economy. Everything from cake decorating to building houses will increasingly leverage technology, and students will need to be prepared for jobs that are quickly evolving. Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ initiative sparked tremendous interest, and events like the app contest will continue to build on momentum while engaging students.”

 

Karen Burns, a Teacher-Librarian at Gig Harbor High School said, “I am a firm believer in students getting the opportunity to use technology to create products. Technology is a wonderful tool for students in many areas of the school curriculum, but it is the higher order thinking skills that students can apply to projects such as this House App Contest that bring learning through technology to fruition.”

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

  • The contest is open to high school students who reside in Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

  • Participants may compete individually or in groups of up to 4 students.

 

o   For groups of 2 students at least 1 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

o   For groups of 3-4 students at least 2 must reside in the Washington’s 6th Congressional District.

 

 

  • Students may submit their entries between the dates of February 1, 2014 at 12PM eastern time to April 30, 2014 12PM eastern time.

 

  • To submit an entry:

 

o   After February 1, 2014 create an account on http://challengepost.com/ and register for the House Student App Contest.

o   Create an App Demonstration Video of no more than 2 minutes that demonstrates the scope and quality of the app.

o   Create a Developer Video of no more than 1 minute in which the participant describes how they created the app and what they learned.

o   Upload both videos to YouTube or VIMEO and submit the links through http://challengepost.com/.

o   Submit an entry form through http://challengepost.com/.

 

  • Entries will be judged on:

o   Quality of the idea (including creativity and originality).

o   Implementation of the idea (including user experience and design).

o   Demonstrated excellence of coding and programming skills.

 

  • The winning app will be featured on the US House of Representatives website www.house.gov and Representative Derek Kilmer’s website http://kilmer.house.gov/ and will also be on display in a US Capitol exhibit.

 

  • For more information please contact Rohan in Representative Kilmer’s office at (360) 373-9725.

U.S. Attorney warns: Watch for ID theft during tax season

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan joined federal law enforcement partners warning about a growing problem of identity theft related to tax refund fraud.  Scammers across the country are using other people’s personal information to try to claim income tax refunds.  People may not know they are a victim until they try to file their tax return and it is rejected because someone using their Social Security Number has already filed and claimed a refund.
 
“Protecting your personal information has never been more critical,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “Always mail your tax documents from a secure mailbox, or file electronically on a secure network.  Using a trusted tax professional and filing early can also protect you from being a victim.”
In 2013, nearly 700 Washington residents reported being a victim of tax related identity theft, and there are likely many more people who simply did not report being victimized.  Nationwide tax ID theft fraud is estimated to cost the U.S. Treasury more than $5 billion annually. 
 
“Stealing identities and trying to file false tax returns not only threatens the integrity of our tax system, it victimizes innocent people.  It can cost victims time and stress when they have done nothing wrong,” said Kenneth J. Hines, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in the Pacific Northwest. “The men and women of IRS, along with our law enforcement partners and the United States Attorney’s Office, will continue to pursue fraudsters who try and help themselves to our nation’s tax dollars and who cause so much heartache for the victims of this crime.”
This week as part of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are teaming up to educate the public about ID theft tax refund fraud.  The FTC is providing a webinar tomorrow to educate tax preparers about the problem and how to assist their clients if they discover they have been the victim of tax refund ID theft.  For those who have had their identities stolen and used for fraud, the IRS will issue a special PIN to use for filing taxes.  More information on the PIN program is available at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Combats-Identity-Theft-and-Refund-Fraud-on-Many-Fronts-2014
IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Ken Hines is available to talk further with reporters about the problem of tax ID theft refund fraud.   To arrange an interview please contact Leia Bellis at (206) 464-4920 or Leia.Bellis@ci.irs.gov.
 
Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) have resources for victims of identity theft.  Find them at www.ftc.gov and www.wccva.org