Holiday schedule at the Observer

LONG BEACH - Due to holidays closures of post offices and stores, the Chinook Observer will be printing and publishing the paper early for the next two weeks.

The issue that would ordinarily be distributed next Wednesday will instead come out on Tuesday morning, and the issue that would be distributed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, will come out Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Any news or ads for the back sections of those two papers need to be in our hands by the preceding Fridays. Front section contents are due by Mondays at noon. We will return to our usual schedule with the edition that comes out on Jan. 8.

The Observer will close for Christmas next Tuesday at noon.

Aberdeen man selected for House

NASELLE - Brian Blake of Aberdeen is the choice of Southwest Washington Democrats for the District 19 state House position previously held by Mark Doumit.

Doumit, of Cathlament, left the post to take the state Senate position vacated by long-serving Sid Snyder of Long Beach.

Blake, who works for the state Department of Corrections, was chosen ahead of Ted Thomas, a Longview School Board member. Four other candidates sought the position.

County commissioners from Pacific, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor and Wahkiakum planned to meet in Kelso Tuesday to finalize the selection.

A new tradition: Giving blood

LONG BEACH - This holiday season, begin one tradition to help end another: Donate blood to help the American Red Cross avoid typical year-end blood shortages.

An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd. on Thursday Dec. 19 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors may call South Pacific American Red Cross at 642-5766 to schedule a blood donation appointment.

The holiday season presents many challenges for the Red Cross. Winter weather forces people indoors, colds and the flu interrupt many donors' regular giving habits, and people are busy preparing for the holidays.

However, the need for blood is constant. Hospitals will be filled this holiday season with people who need the lifesaving gift of blood. Eligible donors are encouraged to share their health by donating blood.

The Red Cross encourages blood donors to give this winter season. For questions about donor eligibility, please call (800) GIVE LIFE or email to canldonate@usa.redcross.org.

Trees still available

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific Conservation District still has trees left over from our annual sale.

The following seedlings are still available: Douglas Fir, Hybrid Cottonwood, Grand Fir, and Noble Fir.

For more information or an order form, contact Jackie Wilson at Pacific Conservation District, 875-9424.

Creative writing class at Clatsop

ASTORIA - Clatsop Community College announces that Creative Writing: Fiction (WR 241) will be offered as a night class for the first time in five years.

Classes will begin Jan. 6 and will meet Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Instructor Julie Brown will show students the basic techniques of writing fiction - characteristics, point of view, plot, dialogue, and setting. Students will work on a series of short stories or chapters of a novel.

For more information call Brown at (503) 338-2471. Class size is limited, so sign up now.

Rep. Baird changes D.C. office location

WASHINGTON - Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., has a new, larger office on Capitol Hill.

Baird, who was elected to a third term last month representing southwestern Washington, is now in Room 1421, Longworth House Office Building. The zip code remains 20515.

All correspondence mailed to Baird's previous address will be forwarded by the House of Representatives. Phone numbers and fax lines remain the same. The main office number is (202) 225-3536 and fax is (202) 225-3478.

Baird's e-mail address is available through his web site at www.house.gov/baird.

Arrest made in alleged mail theft

LONG BEACH - Early Tuesday afternoon, Long Beach Police arrested Tyler Peterson, 18, of Chinook, on a charge of second- degree theft. He incurred these charges after he was apprehended in connection with the theft of mail from residents in Ilwaco.

The theft took place in the early morning hours of Saturday when Peterson was said to have emptied mailboxes around the Vandalia area of Ilwaco. LBPD Chief David Sexton said that he believes they have recovered all the stolen mail and have made a master list of the recipients. He said the LBPD will be trying to contact those people. Sexton said he welcomes inquiries from residents in that area who think they may be victims.

The mail itself, is in the possession of the U.S. Postal Inspectors office in Portland. They will see that the mail is returned to the recipients.

"If the people want to know if they're missing bills or checks or Christmas cards - and we have a substantial amount of mail - we'd like to at least let them know that it's missing so they're not looking for it," said Sexton.

The LBPD can also give out contact information for the postal inspectors office as well.

Peterson will be charged with a felony due to the fact that some of the stolen mail in his possession contained checks. He may also be charged by the federal government.

You can contact the Long Beach Police Department at 642-3416.

VFW seeks members

ILWACO - The Veterans of Foreign Wars meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at the Legion Hall in Ilwaco at 11 a.m.

Currently the VFW will pay the first year's dues for new members. A new member must have had duty overseas in wartime, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Panama, Persian Gulf or Somalia.

For information, call 665-6205 or 642-8600.

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