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Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystanders. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 3,129 fatalities and 431,000 injuries attributed to distracted driving-related motor vehicle crashes. During that same time period, 10% of all fatalities involving drivers 15-19 years of age were reported to have been distracted at the time of the crash.
In an effort to continue to promote education and encourage positive changes in driving behavior, the Newport Police Department, in cooperation with the Newport High School Leadership Class, brought an educational distracted driving event to the students of Newport High School. The event was Monday, 04/18/2016, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.
The program is in partnership with State Farm Insurance; it is called “Talk To You Later. Got To Go Drive.” Or in text message language, “TTYL GTG DRV”. For this event, students operated a golf cart through a traffic cone course in an open parking lot of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Students had to negotiate the course which consisted of stop signs, curves, backing, and parallel parking. Student drivers navigated the course while attempting to carry on a text message conversation with another student observing from the sideline. Continue reading
Anglers and their families are encouraged to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing and outdoor activities on Saturday, April 23. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.
The Olalla Reservoir fishing event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.
ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. Continue reading
The Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation and the community are seeking donations for the newly designed program that provides new mothers with the essential items, needed to promote safe sleep and meet some basic needs in baby’s first year. The program is in need of quilts, blankets, bath towels and other handmade baby items to help support the Dr. Ken Stevens Baby Gift project throughout 2016.
“The baby gift includes a portable crib, and for many families, this will be the baby’s only bed,” said Sarah Cole, manager of the SPCH Obstetric Unit. “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is associated with unsafe sleep practices, such as mom and baby sharing a bed, which can lead to suffocation. Sadly, in 2015, our community lost an infant to SIDS, which has raised our awareness.” In addition to the portable crib, the Dr. Ken Stevens Baby Gift includes such items as a crib sheet, flannel sleep sack, diapers, books, bath towel and personal care items.
“Nursing staff use the baby gift as a teaching tool to help prepare new families for the arrival of their infants,” said Cole. All new mothers who plan to deliver their babies at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital are being offered this gift in their third trimester of pregnancy. Mothers who do not receive prenatal care are given the gift when they deliver. Each year, approximately 200 babies are born at the hospital, and more than 70 families have already received gifts.
This project is named in memory of Dr. Ken Stevens, a beloved physician who supported the local hospital. Handmade items can be dropped off at the Samaritan Patient Financial Services Building on the corner of Highway 101 and SW Abbey Street. Cash donations can also be made at samhealth.org/Baby-Gift. For more information, call the PCHD Foundation at 541-574-1810.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium strives to promote marine conservation and stewardship at every turn, particularly through its interpretative and educational programs. What better way, then, to foster the next generation of oceanographers than by offering a scholarship supporting youth who volunteer at the Aquarium? This year’s Ocean Steward Celebration—the Aquarium’s annual fundraiser in Portland on May 12, 2016—marks the inaugural presentation of the Schlesinger-Thrasher Ocean Steward Scholarship.
The $2000 scholarship is the brainchild of Ken Thrasher and Barry Schlesinger, dedicated Aquarium board members impressed and inspired by the Aquarium’s educational programs. “They saw an opportunity to link the Aquarium’s efforts with the broader educational community,” said Caryl Zenker, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Development, who organizes the event.
“The Aquarium’s amazing volunteers and staff support the inquisitive minds of young people, and spur their interests in the sciences,” said Ken Thrasher. “The Schlesinger-Thrasher scholarship will help enable a student to take their interests in marine science to a higher level in college, and hopefully to a career in the science field.” The scholarship is tailored toward local students pursuing a college degree, particularly those involved with the Aquarium’s volunteer programs. Potential honorees are asked to describe how volunteering for the Aquarium impacted them personally, and how the experience will help further their goals. Continue reading