Nov. 4 community briefs
Soroptimist's 'Live Your Dream' award returns
Soroptimist International of Chehalem Valley is accepting applications for its annual 'Live Your Dream' award, which provides "women who serve as the primary wage earner for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training," according to a press release from the organization.
The $1,500 award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation, or other education-related expense.
The deadline for filing applications is Nov. 15.
Wyden asks for disaster assistance for winegrowers
In the wake of statewide wildfires, one of Oregon's U.S. senators is requesting financial assistance for the state's winegrowers. Sen. Ron Wyden asked that Senate appropriators "provide additional disaster assistance for wine grape growers devastated by smoke during this year's destructive wildfire season" and pointed to the 2019 disaster relief package in which $3 million was allocated for growers whose product was tainted by wildfire smoke.
"As a ranking member, (Sen. Jeff) Merkley knows firsthand, our home state's wine industry has been hurt by the catastrophic wildfires, leaving many winegrape growers unable to sell their smoke-tainted product," Wyden wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Chairman John Hoeven and Merkley. "Exposure to smoke particles can dramatically change the flavor of wine grapes, rendering them unusable in the winemaking process. I thank you both for your continued efforts and commitment to address the wildfires in Oregon and your past efforts to secure WHIP assistance for wine grapes damaged by wildfire smoke."
A copy of the letter written by Wyden can be found online (https://bit.ly/2TrP5RP).
Annual DAR history essay contest begins
This year, the Daughters of the American Revolution's annual history essay contest will center on the Boston Massacre, which occurred 250 years ago. The contest is open to fifth- through eighth-grade public, private, parochial or homeschool students.
"After judging, the chapter will honor one winning essay from each grade level at (its) February luncheon," a release from the Yamhill County Chapter of the DAR said. "Winners receive a bronze 'Excellence in American History' medal and certificate and (will be) awarded $100."
The winning essays will then be eligible to progress to the state level, Northwest Division and national levels.
Assessor's office asks that property taxes be paid by mail
Citing complications due to the pandemic, the Yamhill County Assessor's Office sent out a plea last week that county residents pay their property taxes by mail this year using the envelope provided with the assessments.
"This will be mailed directly to our bank's payment processing center in Portland," a release from the office said. "By mailing your payment, you allow our staff to be more efficient in answering questions; you also help reduce the line and waiting times for citizens that must come to the office. Due to social distancing requirements, we can only allow up to two people in our customer service at a time."
Additional contactless payment options are included with the property tax statements mailed out on Oct. 19, and the first payment is due Nov. 16.
The Human Bean franchise raises more than $376,000 for breast cancer patients and research
The Human Bean's annual breast cancer fundraiser, Coffee for a Cure, concluded last week. The company, which includes a Newberg location, raised more than $376,000 nationwide from sales of beverage and food items.
Proceeds were donated to hospitals and treatment centers all over the country. Each Human Bean location works directly with foundations that are local to their area. The Newberg location raised $4,414, all of which was donated to provincial medical institutions.
"Coffee for a Cure is a very special event for us. And it is amazing that with our customers and communities we are able to make such a difference in the care and fight against breast cancer," Dan Hawkins, CEO of The Human Bean, said.
Donations help with preventive scans for early detection, as well as education and support for patients with expenses while going through treatment. The donated funds are allocated to the patients who are most in need of financial support.
"We are humbled by our customer's support of Coffee for a Cure, and we truly appreciate everyone who helped make it a huge success," Jackie McGrath, marketing director, said.
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