Monday, December 09, 2013
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September 03, 2013
Local Democrats to meet Thursday
DALLAS -- The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will hold its September meeting on Thursday at the Polk County Courthouse, 850 Main St., Dallas (enter building from the Jefferson Street side).
U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader plans to be on hand to update the attendees on issues such as the budget, health exchanges, the debt limit and the farm bill, as well as answer questions from local Democrats
Other items on the agenda include election of a new vice chair and reports from the August State Central Committee meeting.
Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.
For more information: Wanda Davis, 503-508-1428; email to email@example.com; on Facebook at facebook.com/PolkDemsOregon.
Polk County CERT unit planning drill
MONMOUTH -- Don't be alarmed if you see a team of trained volunteers donned in yellow vests, flashlights in hand, roaming the streets of Monmouth and Independence Tuesday night. It's only a drill.
The monthly refresher session for the Polk County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is set for Tuesday at Frozation Nation, 641 Clay St. E, in Monmouth.
The volunteer team will first hold a splinting practice session and then embark on a search and rescue treasure hunt.
CERT members will fan out across both cities in search of items that can be used during an emergency disaster event.
Items donated to CERT members during the treasure hunt will go into the group's emergency response supply cache.
Team members will be looking for old magazines, fence boards, tape, sticks and other similar items that can be used to transport and stabilize victims in emergency situations.
For more information: www.polkcountycert.org; email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer counselors sought for seniors
POLK COUNTY -- Application deadline is Sept. 11 for individuals interested in becoming certified senior peer counselors in Polk, Marion or Yamhill counties.
Volunteers help provide free, confidential, supportive mentoring to older adults experiencing depression, loneliness, grief and changes in physical health.
Volunteers must be 45 or older and commit to a maximum of 10 to 12 hours per month for client contact and supervision. All mileage is reimbursed.
Orientation for new volunteers is scheduled Sept. 18 from 10 to noon in Salem. A training program takes place Sept. 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem.
For applications or more information: Jeff Lukehart, NorthWest Senior & Disability Services, 503-304-3414 or 503-435-3413; email to email@example.com.
Grand Ronde man named to board
GRAND RONDE -- Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde has been appointed to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.
Thorsgard is the cultural protection program manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Thorshard's appointment was made by Tim Wood, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
"The commission is pleased to welcome a member who understands that there are distinct issues in protecting tribal burial sites and is aware of issues related to the cultural resources of native people in Oregon," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "In addition, his archaeological experience will help us serve Oregon's historic cemeteries."
The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants.