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November 27, 2015 · 8:29 am

Aquarium Open For Holiday Shopping

SeaLionKiss on exhibitThe Oregon Coast Aquarium invites visitors to gobble up special experiences and savings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Black Friday and Saturday discounts in the gift shops include a 10 percent discount on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28. The gift shops will offer Aquarium members a 20 percent discount with proof of membership. As always, admission to the Aquarium is not required to browse the gift shops.

The Aquarium’s animals will be treated to Thanksgiving-themed surprises throughout the weekend. Toys like “Mr. Potato Head,” pumpkins and turkey-shaped fishy ice treats are used by animal care experts as enrichment items. Enrichment items and activities provide animals with opportunities to learn and overcome challenges, just as they would in the wild.

Visitors looking for something extra special can smooch a sea lion or explore behind the scenes on Saturday and Sunday. Giant Pacific octopus encounters will be available on Thanksgiving and Saturday. For more information about the Aquarium’s behind the scenes programs, visit The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this winter, except December 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit or call 541-867-3474 for more information.

Information and photo by Oregon Coast Aquarium

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Red Cross In Need Of Blood During The Holiday Season

American Red CrossThis holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones. Daphne Mathew, communication manager of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region said during the winter months and especially around the holidays, blood donations tend to decline.

Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends.To encourage donations during the holiday those who come to give blood or platelets through November 29 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross mixing spoon with recipes from celebrity chefs while supplies last. There will be a blood drive today (11/27)  from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lincoln City Outlets and tomorrow (11/28) from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at Waldport City Hall.

The Red Cross encourages people to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets and give a meaningful gift to a patient this holiday season – the gift of life. Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are urged to give.Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed. Donors can use Rapid Pass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or laptop. To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App at red cross blood dot org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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Lincoln County Jail Participates In Emergency Preparedness Drills

Lincoln County Sheriff's OfficeAs part of the kick off to a multi-state exercise planned for June of 2016, Cascadia Rising, Lincoln County participated in or hosted several earthquake preparedness activities. Those activities included the promotion of the Great Oregon ShakeOut “drop, cover and hold on” drill, community earthquake presentations, and an earthquake evacuation drill held at the Lincoln County Jail.The Lincoln County Jail participated in this year’s Great Oregon ShakeOut activities by hosting two earthquake evacuation drills on October 7th and 10th.

In each drill a specific group or pod of inmates were relocated from their primary housing unit into a larger holding area where they were then secured together and prepared to evacuate. In each drill up to as many as 34 inmates and 14 personnel participated in the drill. Each drill also simulated one to four inmates minimally injured and one to two significantly injured requiring full assistance to be relocated from their primary housing area. After relocation from the primary housing unit the inmates with injuries received simulated medical treatment and preparation for evacuation with the larger group.

Corporal Giovanni Barbers stated, “These exercises provide Corrections Deputies and other personnel an opportunity to practice response procedures in a controlled environment but also allows for the realism of efforts needed to safely evacuate those in our care. This exercise also instills the confidence in those we care for; we can demonstrate we do have their life safety as our primary concern even during the worst of situations.”

The drills were intentionally scheduled on a week day and weekend to validate emergency procedures can be conducted as expected at different staffing levels. “Jail personnel, observers, and even the inmates provided ideas for improvement such as installation of additional backboards for evacuating the injured, utilizing additional staffing and including public safety partners. Jail leadership then takes those recommendations for improvement and authorizes changes in policy, procedures or procurement of necessary items such as the backboards which were purchased and put in place right away,” Corporal Barbers stated.

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November 26, 2015 · 8:03 am

Be Fire Safe When Cooking This Holiday

or state fire marshall logoWith Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals. “When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, it shouldn’t be marred by tragedy,” says Walker. “By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe.” From 2010 through 2014, there were more than 3,900 cooking-related fires in Oregon causing seven deaths, 232 injuries, and more than $35 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
* Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
* Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
* Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
* Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
* Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
* Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
* Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. Continue reading

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