Events Planned For Reedsport; New Scam Comes With New Medicare Card; Sandpines Gets New Name; Photographer Gets Prominent Display at the State Capital

Events Planned For Reedsport

A series of events are planned this weekend as Reedsport Salutes in Remembrance honors their veterans.  The Memorial Day Weekend events includes a series of festifities according to committee coordinator Jim Wells.

“Really our weekend is geared around honoring our Veterans and those that provide a service to our nation including first responders, police, those who have served, those who are serving and those who gave their all in sacrifice to our nation.”

Sunday a Memorial Parade wil begin from Highland Elementary School and ends at Hahn Park War Memorial.  The service is followed by a Veteran’s Meet and Greet at Pacific Auditorium.  A Veteran’s Dinner is served at the Presbyterian Church at 4p.m.  The evening is capped off by a Patriotic Concert Sunday evening at 7 o’clock.  The Reedsport Masonic Cemetery is the focal point on Monday.

“At 10 a.m. we have an American Legion Cemetery Service.  We honor an unknown soldier, we have a service done by the American Legion.”

All Festivities and services are open to the public.

New Scam Comes With New Medicare Card

New Medicare identification cards are on their way to Oregonians. Unfortunately, scammers see this as opportunity to take advantage of people. The new cards, which are rolling out in phases, actually are meant to make people’s information more secure by removing their Social Security numbers from the cards and replacing them with Medicare I-D numbers. Cameron Smith, who heads the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, says thieves will be calling to tell people they have to pay for a new card, and asking them to provide financial information.

“The best advice that we have is to hang up anytime you get that kind of a call. Medicare will never call you directly unsolicited. All of their communications is done by the mail. You don’t need to do anything to receive this new card with the new number – that will arrive in the mail without you having to do a single thing.”

 Smith says Oregonians already are receiving cards in the mail. But he cautions people to be patient because they aren’t rolling out according to ZIP Code, meaning your neighbor might receive a card before you do.

Sandpines Gets New Name

Effective today Sandpines Golf Links will be known as Florence Golf Links.  The name change comes as a new ownership group settles in.  General Manager Rick Reed says course and club house improvements have also been made and continued upgrades are forthcoming.

Photographer Gets Prominent Display at the State Capital

Local Photographer and Professor Emeritor of Art at the University of Oregon Terri Warpinski will have her photographs in her “From Here to There” exhibit on display in the Governor’s Office.  Warpinski has found inspiration and creativity throughout Oregon for over 30 years.  She is a part-time Florence resident during the academic calendar year.  Her photographs will be on display from June 4th through July 31st.