Blood needed now

Hurricane Michael, the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland in a half-century, has resulted in a shortage of blood supplies across the nation as it closed donor sites in its path, the American Red Cross announced Thursday.

“The impact of Hurricane Michael will be felt for weeks,” Red Cross officials said in a press release. “The Red Cross is asking unaffected communities to exceed their blood-drive goals to ensure a sufficient blood supply.”

Donations can be made noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Old County Road in Brookings, or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Gold Beach High School. The Gold Beach donor site has been relocated from the fairgrounds, where fire officials are again based due to the reignition of the Klondike wildfire.

All donors will get the chance to win one of five $500 gift cards.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767, or Christina at christina.martin@redcross.org or 541-842-4707.

Carnitas recall

Taylor Farms Northwest of Kent, Washington, is recalling approximately 276 pounds of ready-to-eat pork carnitas bowl products with tomatillos that might contain salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The bowls were produced between Oct. 10-14. The product subject to recall is the 11-ounce plastic-wrapped bowls with a “sell-by” date of Oct. 15-19 and bearing establishment number “EST. 34834” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon and Washington.

The problem was discovered Oct. 15, when the company was notified that fire-roasted diced tomatillos were being recalled by their supplier.

There has not yet been a confirmed report of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products; anyone who falls ill and believes it might be due to the carnitas bowl is urged to contact their physician.

Promotion

The Oregon Association of Municipal Recorders (OAMR) recently installed Brookings City Recorder Teri Davis as 2018-2019 OAMR Second Vice President.

Davis became a member of OARM in 2016 and is pursuing her Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. She has served on the Conference, Education and Newsletter committees.

Davis has worked for the Brookings since 2016, and has more than 25 years experience in municipal government and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree.

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