Santa Claus is coming to town

LONG BEACH - Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, Nov. 30. He will be at City Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and available for pictures!

The lighting of the community tree will take place at 6 p.m. that same day at the gazebo.

Trial set in alleged license office theft

SOUTH BEND - A trial has been scheduled for Dec. 19 for two people arrested last month in connection with the theft of cash and other items from the Pacific County Auditor's office in Long Beach.

Tami A. Brenot, 37, of Long Beach, was jailed on suspicion of first-degree theft in connection with the burglary to the office and was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Michael Brenot, 38, also of Long Beach, was arrested later in the week and also jailed on suspicion of first-degree theft. Michael Brenot, who at the time of his arrest denied all knowledge of the theft, remains in Pacific County Jail.

After Pacific County Sheriff's deputies searched the Brenots' residence, cash and "a sizable amount of a suspected controlled substance" were found, according to PCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Clark.

IRS wants to pay money it owes

SEATTLE - The Internal Revenue Service announced last week that it's looking for 2,601 Washington state taxpayers with over $1.8 million in undelivered tax refund checks. The IRS can reissue the checks after taxpayers update their addresses.

This year, a new Internet feature makes it easier for taxpayers to track down whether they have an undelivered refund. The service, which lets people check on the status of refunds online at any time, is available through the "Where's My Refund?" section on the IRS home page at

"With our new Internet feature, it's easier than ever for taxpayers to track down an undelivered refund check," said IRS Acting Commissioner Bob Wenzel.

To use the site, taxpayers must enter their Social Security number, their filing status (such as single or married filing jointly) and the amount of the refund shown on their 2001 tax return. When this information is submitted online, taxpayers see a Web page that shows the status of their refund check. Taxpayers also get instructions to resolve problems, whether it's an undelivered refund check or some other refund-related issue.

Taxpayers without access to the Internet who think they may be missing a refund check should first check their records or contact their tax preparer, then call the IRS toll-free assistance line at (800) 829-1040 to update their address.

Taxpayers who have moved since filing their last tax return can ensure the IRS has their correct address by filing Form 8822, "Change of Address" with the IRS. Download the form at or request it by calling (800) TAX-FORM ((800) 829-3676).

Auditor's office hours

LONG BEACH - Until further notice, the Pacific County licensing agency office (auditor's office), located in the county services building, will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch break.

Food bank hours announced for Thanksgiving

OCEAN PARK - During Thanksgiving week, the ReachOut Food Bank, at 1401 Bay Avenue, Unit C, in Ocean Park will be open Monday, Nov. 25, Tuesday, Nov. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. They will be closed Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.

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