T HE C OLUMBIA P RESS Ju ly 2 4 , 2 0 2 0 Tim e to part w ith pennies and dim es Pardon me, mister. Can you spare some change? Oregon Bankers Associa- tion encourages people to empty their piggy banks to help small businesses facing coin shortages resulting from the pandemic. When retail establishments closed due to COVID-19 re- strictions, the rate of coin recirculation slowed. Con- sumers migrated to online shopping and used debit and credit cards to avoid physical contact. Coins that would have been returned in change were no longer being circulated. Re- circulated coin represents 80 percent of the total supply. The rest is met by new coin production. As businesses have re- opened, demand for coins has increased, but a large portion remains with consumers. The slow pace of recircu- lation means a sufficient amount of coins aren’t read- ily available. Residents can help by de- positing spare change at local banks or coin-cashing ma- chines, and by using exact chnge when making purchases. Public safety calls Continued from Page 2 •Provide mutual aid for struc- ture fire, 1:44 p.m. July 21, 1200 block 15th Street, Astoria. • Water rescue, 2:08 p.m. July 21, foot of Sixth Street, Astoria. M ediCal Calls •Female who can’t stop cough- ing, 11:14 a.m. July 15, Sunset Beach approach. • Male not feeling well, 12:50 p.m. July 16, 100 block South- east Anchor Avenue. • Unknown medical problem, 5:36 p.m. July 16, 0-100 block Northwest Cedar Avenue. • Male with high fever, 12:45 p.m. July 17, Fort Stevens Camp- ground. • Male with knee injury, 5:24 p.m. July 17, 350 yards north of Peter Iredale shipwreck. • Female with diabetic issue, 5:31 p.m. July 18, 500 block North- west Date Avenue. • Help Medix with extraction, 6:11 p.m. July 18, 200 block Southwest Second Street. • Elderly male who’s shaking and sweaty, 9:24 p.m. July 18, 33100 block Columbia Beach Lane. • Lift assist, 5:23 p.m. July 19, 700 block Northwest Warrenton Drive. • Female with high blood-sugar, 9:28 a.m. July 20, 500 block Northwest Date Avenue. • Unknown medical problem, 2:52 p.m. July 20, 300 block Alternate Highway 101. • Male with diabetic problem, 12:18 a.m. July 21, 300 block Jade Place. • Unconscious female, 9:33 p.m. July 21, Costco. Planning a ‘head’ makes boating more bearable and dump station page, If nature calls while which provides and on the water, it helps to map and links showing plan a “head,” the Ore- locations for all float- gon Marine Board says. ing restrooms, portable Some recreational toilet dump stations or boating facilities have holding tanks. Go to reduced or closed avail- oregon.gov/osmb and able services in light of look under the “boat the pandemic. launches and docks” If access to shoreside category. restrooms is limited Another tool is a and your boat does not free application called have an installed head, “Pumpout NAV,” have a backup plan which highlights the such as a portable toilet location closest to you. or bucket with a fitted It’s available for both lid, gloves, toilet paper, Apple and Android de- hand sanitizer and gar- vices. bage bags. Boaters have free ac- Warrenton Marina cess to a majority of has a dump station just Courtesy Oregon Marine Board the 80 waste-disposal north of the marina of- A boater uses a marina dump station after a locations in Oregon, fice in the inner basin. day on the water. although a few may Astoria has two: one on the system working, don’t charge a small fee. Many the fuel float at West Moor- add any garbage such as wet marinas and boating facili- ing Basin and a second at the Hanthorn Cannery/Pier 39 wipes, paper towels, food ties have made use of grants packaging or fish waste. Gar- available through a partner- dock. Other marinas may in- bage should be placed in a ship with Clean Vessel Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife stall them near holding tank trash bin. Those planning a boat trip Sport Fish Restoration Fund, pump-out stations on the may want to check out the and Oregon State Marine guest or fuel dock. For dis- marine board’s pump-out Board. posal, turn the dump station on, lift the lid, and pour con- tents into the basin. A hose with nonpotable water is available to help with rinsing the portable toilet or bucket. Look to the visual instruc- tions posted on the side of the dump station, if needed. To prevent clogs and keep Red Cross needs Clatsop County volunteers The Pacific Northwest could be in for a busy wildfire sea- son, experts say, which has prompted the American Red Cross to seek volunteers to help in local communities. “The coronavirus pandem- ic will make it challenging to deploy trained disaster vol- unteers from other parts of the country, should a large emergency occur in Oregon or Southwest Washington,” said Rebecca Marshall, re- gional disaster officer for the Cascades Region, which in- cludes Clatsop County. “In light of this, the Red Cross is asking you to be ready to help your commu- nity,” she said. “Train now to be a Red Cross volunteer and answer the call to help if the need arises.” Several types of help are needed, including shelter 3 workers and health services support volunteers. To volunteer, sign up at redcross.org/volunteertoday or contact the region office at volunteer.cascades@red- cross.org. The nonprofit American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, in- cluding about 40 percent of the nation’s blood.