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September 23, 2009 The Coquille Valley Sentinel I I Page 3 Harvest Moon- Pie Festival The Harvest Moon - Pie Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Coquille Community Building. Join us for the Harvest Moon Pie Contest and Auction and see if your pie has what it takes to take home a prize! Winners will be announced in three pie categories: Apple, Pumpkin & Berry. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. : Entries accepted 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Preparation for judging 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. : Judging begins, Doxie Races on the side lawn 4 p.m. : Winners announced and Auction begins. There will be three short breaks in between Pie cate- gories to enjoy entertain- ment provided by the Downtown Studio! Thank you sponsors! Oregon First Community Credit Union, Sterling Savings Bank, Farr's Hardware, Coquille Supply, Acacia Contracting, Schroeder's Furniture & Appliance, Bicoastal Media, Coquille Valley Hospital & U.S. Bank. CITY OF COQUILLE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT The City of Coquille will have the ANNUAL FALL CLEAN UP from October 6, 2009, through October 27,: " ' 2009. To be ptit 6n'th'lit" ,.- for'pick up. service, call City Hall at 396-2115, extension 205, with your name, address and phone number. The City crew will pick up on Tuesday of each week. Requests for pick up must be made no later than 4:00 p.m. on the previous Monday. CALLS RECEIVED AFTER 4:00 PM ON MONDAY WILL NOT BE PICKED UP UNTIL TUESDAY, ONE WEEK LATER. CALLS RECEIVED AFTER 4:00 PM ON OCTOBER 26th WILL NOT RECEIVE PICK UP SERVICE BY CITY PERSONNEL AND THE CALLER WILL NEED TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS. This service is limited to residents within the Coquille City limits. All materials must be bagged, boxed, or bundled in lengths NOT TO EXCEED 36" and be placed in an easily accessible loca- tion at the curbside or along the driveway. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE LIMIT OF 10 BAGS, BOXES OR BUN- DLES PER HOUSEHOLD EACH WEEK. Please remember that these pick-ups are for yard and garden trimmings only. No dirt, sod, garbage, metal, home remolding materials, etc. will be picked up. IN ADDITION, IF YOU CAN'T PICK IT UP, WE CAN'T LIFT IT INTO THE TRUCK. Thank You, John Higgins, Public Works Director Special Election for City of Bandon There will be a Special Election in the City of Bandon, Coos County on November 3, 2009. Coos County ballots will be mailed to all active, registered voters within the City of Bandon jurisdiction on October 16, 2009. Voters should receive their ballots between October 19 - October 23, 2009. Military, overseas and out of state ballots are mailed earlier. If voters have not received their ballot by Friday, October 23, 2009, they should contact the Coos County Election's office. The last day for new registrations before this election is October 13, 2009. I would also like to stress that ballots are not forwarded by the post office, so if a voter has moved or changed a mailing address, they must complete a new registration form to update their address. A public certification and demonstration of ballot pro- gramming and tabulation will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM in the Election office at the Courthouse in Coquille. CAEEC Fall Schedule Begins The Coquille Art and Education Enhancement Center (CAEEC) in the Downtown Studio (the old Barrow's Drug building) begins its fall schedule on Monday, September 21 st. There are many new classes, including Ballet and Astronomy. Old favorites are continuing as well, including Tuesday and Thursday knitting club, Wednesday art and Monday dance classes with Angie Jones. Angle has decided to extend the summer schedule that has worked so well, rather than change times for the fall. That means that Tot dancing will start at 2:30 p.m., with combination classes, hip-hop, line dancing, and adult tap following throughout the afternoon. Stop by the center or visit http://www.thecoquilledown- townstudio.com for a complete schedule of classes and membership information. Myrtle Point Harvest Festival September 26th The 31 st Annual Myrtle Point Harvest Festival will be held September 26th in downtown Myrtle Point. The Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce, and members of the committee have been meeting regularly to plan for this year's event. There are a number of events already scheduled, including: * Pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, 5th & Maple, 7 to lt!:a;m:;and the AmericaJa Legion pancake breakfast at the First.Ghristin Chureh. ..... * Food and Craft Vendors, downtown Myrtle Point. * Farmers' Market, Fourth Street, between Ash & Spruce. * Car Show-n-Shine, downtown, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 59 awards to be given during the show, which is for vehicles, vintage 1979 and older. * Tractor Show, Fifth Street, between Ash & Spruce. * Entertainment: Old Time Fiddlers, 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Fourth Street; square dancers, Dakota Mills, Barbershop Quartet & Sweet Adelines. * Rooster Crow Contest, 10:30 a.m. * Zucchini Contest - Prizes awarded for the heaviest, longest and Weirdest shape. Judging at 2 p.m. * 4-H Petting Zoo. * Chainsaw Carving. * Firemen's Steak Feed, city parking lot. * Book Sale at Library. Books $1 a bag. * Concrete Rodeo at Skate Park. Bt!ll of the Bowl trophy awarded. * Wine Tasting by Old Coyote Winery at Myrtle Point Tire. * Car Cruise, downtown Myrtle Point, 4 to 7 p.m. For more information people can call 572-5200. FAKE IRS STIMULUS CHECKS Attorney General John Kroger is warning Oregonians about fake Internal Revenue Service e- mails, which ask recipients for personal financial infor- mation to receive additional stimulus checks. The IRS never uses e-mail to initiate contact with taxpayers, and will never ask for personal information through e- mail.To date, the IRS reports that taxpayers have forwarded them more than 33,000 of these scam e- mails.Taxpayers who receive unsolicited e-mails claiming to be from the IRS can forward the message to a special e-mail address: phish@irs.gov. Included in this alert is an example of a scare IRS e-mail. The most pervasive IRS scam e-mail in circulation relates to economic stimulus payments. In reality, to receive the stimulus pay- ment from the IRS most tax- payers had to do nothing beyond filing their federal tax return. Criminals are posing as IRS representa- tives to try to trick taxpayers into revealing personal financial information to receive the stimulus money, often referred to as a "rebate" in these scam e- mails. The alleged IRS e-mails, soliciting personal financial information, are classic "phishing" scams. Phishing is a tactic used by Intemet- based thieves to trick unsus- pecting victims into provid- ing personal financial infor- mation, which is then used to access the victim's accounts. Thieves use the victim's information to liq- uidate financial accounts, apply for loans or credit in the victim's name, and sell this valuable information to other thieves. Here are some tips to spot scam e-mails: 1. Phishing e-mails often purport to be sent from prominent financial institu- tions or government agen- cies, but the websites associ- ated with the e-mails do not match those of the real web- site. If you suspect an e- mail to be fraudulent, do not click on the embedded web- site, rather, search for the company or agency inde- pendently on the Internet. Contact the company or agency through the "contact us" option link, from your independent web search. 2. No financial institution or government agency will ever ask you for sensitive personal financial informa- tion via e-mail. Nor will any financial institution or government agency ask you to verify information via e- mail. 3. Be wary of "urgent appeals." Neither the gov- ernment nor financial insti- tutions will make e-mail contact with you regarding "urgent" actions. 4. Phony e-mails often con- tain broken English and are riddled with grammatical errors. 5. Stick to the old adage, "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is." Common "too good to be true" scams include foreign lottery win- nings, work-from-home scams, secret shopper, and "high return" investment opportunities. Health Department Schedules Flu Shot Clinic in Bandon - September 29th Coos County Public Health will hold a flu shot clinic in Bandon at the Barn, 1100 SW 10th Street on Still space for business plan workshop Current and potential business owners who are interest- ed in conveying their business ideas, learning about busi- ness planning and feasibility studies, discussing business ownership and legal structures, and learning about market research can look to a Southwestern Oregon Community College Business Development Center (BDC) 10-session workshop for answers. "The Foundations for Success: The Business Plan Programs" will provide participants with sufficient business and financial management skills to grow successful busi- nesses. The sessions will help create written business plans to outline business success and use as a tool to obtain fund- ing, while saving time and avoiding costly mistakes. The program also provides a netw.orking opportunity to share ideas with other entrepreneurs and new business owners. The program also offers individual business advising, guest speakers, and other helpful resources: At the end of the class, business plans submitted to the BDC will be eligible for a contest. First place receives $250, second place receives $150, and third place receives $100. There are still seats available in the course that starts Sept. 24 and runs on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Classes will be held on the Southwestern Coos Campus in Tioga 105. The class will also be available to people at the Brookings Center via IPTV. Presenter Pam de Jong has extensive experience in the financial industry, including 14 years in the securities indus- try. She has also served as a lead trainer for Merrill Lynch for incoming operation staff and for Smith Barney for incoming administrative assistant staff. For the last 8 years de Jong has been an independent management consultant for her own company, helping people to manage their busi- ness both personally and professionally. A registration fee of $259 covers all ten weeks of the program, including materials. Up to two people per business venture can attend for the one fee. A limited number of scholarships are available. The event is sponsored by Chetco Federal Credit Union and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; a discount is available to Chamber members. This class also meets the New Business Challenge grant cri- teria for training. Those interested in more information or registration should contact the BDC at 756-6866. NOAA AWARDS NEARLY $40 MILLION IN GRANTS TO RESTORE SALMON HABITAT IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST Tuesday, September 29th, 1- The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and 4:p:m! ora frrStOme;'fif,. , ..  '.,  : , ..... , , Atmo splqerl c Admire stratlon (NO)has awarded $39 :,7 '.:  serve basis. : ...... : million in grants toWashington and Oregon for state-spon .... The seasonal flu vaccine sored salmon-restoration projects and  otherefforts to-restore,. is available for anyone older than 6 months. Persons of any age with chronic health conditions, those over age 50, pregnant women, and young children are especial- ly encouraged to get vacci- nated to protect themselves from seasonal influenza. The Health Department can bill Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon, and Pacific Source insurance. For those who self-pay, the charge is $25, although no one will be turned away for inability to pay. The Health Department is not able to bill the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) at the off-site clinic, as patients must be seen at the Health Department office for eligi- bility verification. Call for an appointment, 541-756- 2020 ext. 522. Lena Hawtin, the County Immunization Coordinator, notes that it may seem early to get a flu shot, but protec- tion is expected to last through the spring, and pub- lic health officials are rec- ommending that persons get the seasonal vaccine as soon as it is available. Vaccination for swine flu (H1N1) is expected to start in mid-October; certain cat- egories of people who are at greatest risk of serious ill- ness will have priority for the swine flu vaccine before it is available for everyone. Public service announce- ments will be released as soon as the H1N1 vaccine is available in Coos County. For more information, con- tact Coos County Public Health, 541-756-2020, ext. 510. salmon and steelhead that are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Washington's Recreation and Conservation office will receive $26.5 million and Oregon's Watershed Enhancement Board will receive $13.2 million from NOAA's Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF). The money will be used to fund a competitive process to choose projects to restore salmon and steelhead populations in the states. "For nearly a decade, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund has supported locally sponsored, on-the- ground projects that provide immediate help to imperiled salmon where it is needed most," said Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. "Today's grants invest in habitat restoration that will help improve conditions for salmon and boost the local economy." Since 2000, the PCSRF has provided money for states and tribes to invest in important habitat restoration; fish passage improvements; research, monitoring, and evalua- tion; and education projects. To date, the states have used their own matching funds - typically one-third of the feder- al contribution - to supplement these investments in thou- sands of projects, ranging from single culvert replacements to large habitat restoration projects covering hundreds of acres. Some of the projects funded under today's grants will be aimed at maintaining fish populations required by tribal treaty fishing rights or Native American subsistence fishing. There are 16 federally protected populations of salmon and steelhead within the two states. Many are in the Columbia River basin and are common to both states. Last month, NOAA awarded over $2 million to Idaho's Office of Species Conservation for Idaho projects under the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 2009 competition. The funds will help restore salmon and steelhead popula- tions that are listed as threatened or endangered. NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov. All you can eat breakfast First Christian Church 6th St and Willow Saturday, September 26 7am to 12 noon Eggs, Sausage. Pancakes, Coffee, Juice Sponsered by American Legion