Polk No. 1 tries again to find new chief

INDEPENDENCE — The board of directors for Polk County Fire District No. 1 is going for round two in looking for a new fire chief.

“We were unsuccessful on our first go-around, so we reopened it again,” said Joost Vanderhave, board chair.

The same company, Emergency Services Consulting International, that ran the first search will conduct the second one, at no additional charge, Vanderhave said. The consultant will cost between $10,000 and $15,000. The first recruitment started in January. The second recruitment will be open for the next three weeks.

During the first search, the top candidate and board of directors were not able to negotiate a contract because they were too far apart on salary, Vanderhave said. Other top candidates had accepted other employment.

Interim Chief John Stein will work on an extended contract during the second search.

Vanderhave said he is hopeful to have a new chief in place by the end of August.

Photo contest to highlight Indy history

INDEPENDENCE — The City of Independence Historic Preservation Commission seeks submissions for its historic photo contest. Entries must be of a historic structure that has been restored with a note that reads “This Place Matters.”

Entries must be of one of Independence’s historic buildings or houses that have had restorations done that improve the structure’s appearance and bring it back to its original architectural beauty.

Contest judges will choose three winners. Winning photos will be displayed in the central lobby of the Independence City Hall and on the city of Independence website.

Finalists will be exhibited throughout August.

Entry deadline is June 26. Photos may be mailed to:

Historic Photo Contest, City of Independence, P.O. Box 7, Independence OR, 97351, emailed to Irvine.shawn@ci.independence.or.us or delivered in person.

For more information: 503-838-1212.

New prop to help train firefighters

PERRYDALE — Amity Fire District has built a new ventilation prop for volunteer firefighters to train on. The prop was constructed with help from 1-800-BoardUp and McGee Salvage.

Ventilation is done on structure fires in both residential and commercial buildings to remove the super-heated gas and smoke, which allows firefighters to quickly search for and rescue potential fire victims.

It also helps firefighters locate and confine the fire within the building for safer and more effective fire suppression.

With this prop, Amity firefighters can practice their skills needed for safe firefighting efforts, and train neighboring fire departments and new volunteer firefighters.

The prop is located at Amity Fire District’s substation in Perrydale.

Food donations matched until June 12

POLK COUNTY – Marion-Polk Food Share will partner with CenturyLink for the CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive.

From now through June 12, CenturyLink will match donations up to $1 million nationwide to local beneficiaries. Last year, 27 percent of the nationwide match came to Marion and Polk counties as a donation to the food share.

To be counted, all food and cash donations must come to Marion-Polk Food Share by June 12.

For more information: 503-581-3855, ext. 314.

Class to help caregivers deal with dementia

MONMOUTH – A class for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients will be from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Western Oregon University in the Werner University Center, Calapooia Room, 345 N. Monmouth Ave.

The class is for family members and professionals alike.

The workshop is sponsored by Oregon Care Partners, which provides free training to family and professional caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients both in-person and online.

For more information: www.amicopr.com.

United Way seeks volunteers for 2015 Loaned Executive Program

SALEM – United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Loaned Executive Program.

Loaned Executives are volunteers who are trained to become relationship managers and work with the United Way’s many corporate partners and company supporters during the community giving campaign each fall.

For more information: Marianne Back, 503-363-1651, ext. 305, or www.unitedwaymwv.org.

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