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Local briefs for Aug. 31

Nonprofit coffee house seeks scrap metal donations

Rosewood Café, a nonprofit community coffee house at 609 S.E. 162nd Ave., Portland, is hosting a scrap metal drive and barbecue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The café is collecting any scrap metal to be recycled for cash for the build-out of the café. Anyone who has any scrap metal or anything made of metal can bring it to the cafe. If you have something too big to move, email rosewood

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For more information about The Rosewood Initiative and the Rosewood Cafe, visit rosewoodinitiative.org/about.

Corbett to host back-to-school cookout Sept. 7

The Corbett School District will host a Back-to-School Celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Jeff Lucas Memorial Stadium, 35800 E. Historic Columbia River Highway.

The celebration will feature a cookout and bazaar, awards ceremony, information booths, and classroom visits.

There will also be an introduction of the schools' fall athletic teams.

For more information, call 503-261-4200.

Wastewater treatment cleanup bothers neighbors

Neighbors in the vicinity of the Gresham Wastewater Treatment Plant on Sandy Boulevard near 201st Avenue have been complaining about loud, piercing noises being emitted from the plant from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Mike Nacrelli, a civil engineer with the plant, said subcontractors are cleaning up a bed of organic mulch, which is used for odor control around the air pipes. Because the vehicles can't drive onto the field where the pipes and mulch are located, he said, the contractors have to park a large vacuum truck nearby, which is the cause of the noise. He said the mulch has to be replaced about every 10 years.

Nacrelli said the subcontractor, Bravo Environmental, expected to finish the project in about two weeks, but it's taken longer because of equipment breakdowns and because workers have had to break up the mulch with shovels for it to be vacuumed up.

'We're in the fourth week and should be done by (Wednesday),' he said.

Nacrelli said the cleanup is part of a larger project at the plant, which is undergoing multiple upgrades. He said future cleanup projects shouldn't generate as much noise.

Scam artists target Wells Fargo customers

Scam artists are targeting Wells Fargo customers in the Portland area. A number of customers have received automated phone calls asking for personal identification information, said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Unger in a news release.

The scammers typically target customers of a bank that has a large customer base to increase their chances of actually reaching a customer of that company.

If a consumer is suspicious about a request for personal information that he or she receives through an email, text message, website, by mail or phone, he or she should verify the request calling the number listed on their bank's website, billing statement or on the back of their debit or credit card. For more information, visit wellsfargo.com.

Enter oldest fridge contest, win replacement

Energy Trust of Oregon is seeking Oregon's oldest fridge - so it can be unplugged and recycled, saving its owner hundreds of dollars each year in energy costs.

Energy Trust is kicking off its first-ever Oldest Fridge Contest this September to help Oregonians save more money by unplugging their refrigerator relics and recycling them through Energy Trust's refrigerator recycling service. A fridge built before 1993 can waste up to $200 a year in energy costs, compared to today's more energy-efficient models, which average only $40 a year to operate.

To take part in the contest, owners simply sign up during the month of September to have their fridge recycled through Energy Trust, which provides free pick up and recycling of working fridges, plus a $50 cash incentive in return. Freezers are also accepted. The oldest fridge recycled wins the title of Oregon's Oldest Fridge, and its owner will receive a brand new qualifying energy-efficient appliance, up to a $1,000 value.

Fire closes campgrounds, trails

Wildfire on the east side of Mount Hood, caused by lightning storms, have closed trails and campgrounds, according to Mount Hood National Forest.

They include the Vista Ridge Trail, Gnarl Ridge Trail, Elk Gove Trail, Pinnacle Trail, Cloud Cap Campground, Tily Jane Campground and Kinnikinnick Campground.

'We're just asking people to be very careful,' said spokesman Rick Acosta. 'We need to prevent any human-caused fires.'