Sheridan approves transportation contract hike
The district is completing the third year of a five-year agreement with the company. Next year, it will be paying the company an additional 2.31 percent, or $9,700, to cover increased costs it has incurred.
This is the first year Mid-Columbia has requested an increase, according to District Business Manager DeAnn O’Neil. She said the district has been very happy with the services it has been providing.
The board will meet next at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Yamhill schedules public hearings
YAMHILL — The Yamhill City Council met briefly Wednesday to set a date for public hearings on two proposed annexations.
Hearings will be held Wednesday, May 8, on proposals to annex property at1260 E. Main St. and the south of Third Street from Hemlock to Cedar.
The hearings will be incorporated into the council’s regular business meeting, set for 7 p.m. in council chambers, adjacent to city hall. For more information, call 503-662-3511.
School board schedules session
McMinnville School Board members will hold a work session Monday, April 22, to hear reports on exchange student programs and dual-language classrooms. The public session will start at 7 p.m. in the district office, 1500 N.E. Baker St.
An executive session about labor negotiations will precede the main session at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call the district office at 503-565-4000.
Y-C kindergarten round-up May 1
CARLTON — Families with children turning 5 by Sept. 1 can register them at a Yamhill-Carlton School District kindergarten orientation session set for Wednesday, May 1.
One-hour sessions will be offered in the Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School library at 2, 3, 5 and 6 p.m. In addition to signing up for kindergarten, families can learn about a new summer program slated to start in July.
For more information, call YCES at 503-852-7181.
Safe Kids Fair set for 27th
Juliettes’s House, a McMinnville-based child abuse assessment center, is hosting its annual free Safe Kids Fair on Saturday, April 27.
Children are encouraged to bring their bikes or skateboards to the McMinnville Police Department’s Safety Rodeo, participate in games, activities and giveaways, and pick up a range of health and safety skills.
The event falls in National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is being supported by an array of local businesses. They have put up blue pinwheels to mark the occasion and highlight the cause.
The McMinnville Kiwanis Club, the older and larger of two in town, is supporting the event by supplying a Putt-Putt Golf venue and donating free helmets for the first 200 board or bike riders under the age of 8.
The fair is set to run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 1075 S.W. Cedarwood Ave. It’s just off Baker Street toward the south end of town.
Boston Marathon aid scams
SALEM — Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is warning Oregon consumers to be warned of phony solicitations for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Almost immediately after the bombing, a Twitter account began offering to donate $1 for every re-tweet. It was quickly suspended when users reported it to be bogus.
Inernet scams inevitably following every major tragedy of this type.
“Scammers came out in force after the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina,” said Ellen Klem, director of consumer outreach and education. “They’ll try again after Monday’s senseless bombing.
“Don’t let them prosper off the tragedy. Be generous, but skeptical.”
Consumers should remember to never divulge personal or financial information over the phone; write checks only to legitimate organizations, never individuals; and be aware of anyone who demands money immediately, especially in cash.