Counterfeits: Documents that help

The following is documents that will assist the merchants with counterfeit Money and Traveler Checks.

1.  Know Your Money:  This describes the security features of different bills

2.   Travelers Checks and Money Order Verification Numbers:  This document provides number to call when they receive one of these items.  Once you call they will ask for information from the document.  They then will inform you if it is valid item and /or provide an authorization number.  This number ensures you obtain the funds and it is a real item.

3.  Secret Service $100 Bill micro printing:  This shows the micro printing security features.

4.   Secret service Black Light $100.00 Bill:  Shows embedded security thread under ultra-violet light.

5.  Merchants can purchase Fraud Fighters (UV-16):  This item reads the security features on currency, driver’s licenses, credit cards and passports.  (See


Jerry Phillips
VP Risk Manager
The Bank of the Pacific

Counterfeit $100s BEWARE

Please make sure all staff is alerted to recent passing of $100.00 dollar bills. Long Beach Police Dept. has had some complaints of a couple or pair of couples working the peninsula passing these bills.

The magic pen to determine, if the bill is fake or good, marks that it is good. However it isn’t!!

The bill feels slick, and you need to always hold the bill up to the light and check for face shadow on right hand side of bill.

Also Check the shadow bar on the left had side of the presidents picture for the line stating US 100.00, as well as make sure the picture is Franklin.

We hope that we can stop this from happening to any other merchants, so pass the word around. Also thank you to the merchants bringing it to our attention.

Bob Andrew
Mayor City of Long Beach

Humane Society Request

Our local shelter, the South Pacific County Humane Society, is currently soliciting donations for their key fundraising event of the year, the “St Patrick’s Auction Dinner Extravaganza”, which includes live and silent, Dutch, Chinese and other types of auctions as well as a fine Irish supper.

The festive event will be held on March 15, 2008. Shelter volunteers are currently seeking donations from individuals and businesses interested in supporting the event. Below is a list of ideas.

Questions & Comments to co-chairs Marie Maulden or Bonnie Teschner
Marie Bonnie

What Can You Donate?

Alongside the donations we receive from the community, we need individuals to donate items for the silent and live auction. There are endless possibilities here…

A ‘Girl’s Night In’ –
Three daring husbands offer to wait ‘hand and foot’ on 20 ladies. The men cook dinner, serve cocktails and clean up after – what more could you want?

Host a party – a simple cocktail hour in your home, or hors d’oevres on a boat, or a picnic in the woods… anything else your imagination can come up with…

We’d LOVE to have vacations to sell – do you know someone with a beach house or a time-share in Hawaii. Think about backpacking, sailing trips, road trips, ski weekends, fishing vacations, kayaking adventures, camping, flying, and sightseeing… Anyone know how to get hold of airline tickets? What about getting a cruise to Alaska? A trip to Disneyland would raise a fortune!

Are you a great cook? Food always sells, so how about donating a special cake, bread or cookies or even going to someone’s home to cook a gourmet meal.

Do you like Gardening? A few hours work in someone else’s yard is a real money-spinner.

What about those Seahawks / Sonics or tickets ?? Maybe you have Season tickets and would donate a game or two. Or a signed ball?

Know anyone who can get us tickets to the Opera or a Play? How about Gift Certificates for a meal or maybe you have connections with hotels in the Seattle/Portland/Vancouver or another vacation city and could get a room for the weekend? Gas Vouchers?

Can you donate your services? Graphic Design, Accounting, Hard Labor, Construction, Massage, Handyman, Housecleaning, Yard Services. Hair or Nail Beauty Care, Animal Sitting, House Sitting, Child Party Entertainment … the list is never-ending

Other items that are the mainstay of our auction are:
Art, Wine, Vacations, Cars, Makeovers, Kids Stuff, Animal toys and equipment, Jewelry, Sports Equipment, Specialty Food or other Gift Baskets…

The sky’s the limit. Let your imagination run wild. The animals at the Shelter will benefit from any or all that you do to make the auction a success.

Questions & Comments to co-chairs Marie Maulden or Bonnie Teschner
Marie Bonnie

Announcing an Open Forum for the Peninsula Community

Download a print-friendly flyer: open-forum-invitation.pdf


Pacific County will be accepting tree debris ONLY, such as trees, stumps, limbs, and Christmas trees at the following locations for free. Please contact Department of Community Development for questions: (360)642-9356.

South County ? 7013 Sandridge Road (this is north of Wirkkala’s on Sandridge – down the long driveway where the new County building will be going in – there’s a large brush pile there – place your debris on it.

Thanks to Shelly Pollock of NW Insurance & Financial Services for the tip!

Minutes of LBMA Regular Meeting, 1/4/08

The regular monthly meeting of the Board of the Long Beach Merchants Association was held on Friday, January 4, 2008, at 8:00 am at Castaways Restaurant.

Present: President Mikel Burns, Vice President Steven Linhart, Secretary Keleigh Schwartz, Board Members Ruth Ann Hocking, Dian Barker Sayce and Jane Holeman, and Long Beach Councilman Jerry Phillips.

Absent: Treasurer Sherry Hash (excused), Board Member Jeff Herrold.

The meeting was called to order at 8:03 am.

There was considerable discussion with the intent to create annual goals. Topics focused on how to better connect merchants to the City and one another and resulted in two key projects which will be pursued for more information and brought to the regular LBMA meeting:

  1. An LBMA / City of Long Beach co-sponsored ‘After Hours’ event, in April, at the World Kite Museum.
  2. A ‘Business of the Month or Quarter’. This might include a ‘coffee & cookies’ open house, perhaps 4-6 pm, at the place of business being featured, as well as a Chinook Observer article.

No motions were made.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:04 am.

December 14, 2007 Meeting

December 14, 2007: There are no minutes for this meeting due to the lack of a quorum. However, Chris Stephens from the Pacific County Auditors Office, was there. He informed us that the Washington State Auditor’s Conference will be held here on May 13,14,15 & 16, 2008. The Breakers will be hosting this conference. He is interested in getting contributions for the “Welcome Packets.” They are planning on 50 packets. This is a perfect opportunity to use a coupon to entice people into your business. You can contact him at if you want more specifics. We’ll post more information about this later.

Also, if you have not paid your 2008 dues, please try and do so soon. They are $75 for the year. Our next meeting is January 11th. See you there.

November 2, 2007 Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Gayle Borchard. Kay Buesing moved that the minutes of the previous meeting by approved as posted. Steve Linhart seconded the motion and it passed. Mikel Burns gave the Treasurer’s Report. We now have 64 paid memberships.



OLD BUSINESS: The slate of officers for 2008 was presented: Mikel Burns, President; Steve Linhart, VP; Keleigh Schwartz, Sec’y; Sherry Hash, Treasurer; Dian Barker Sayce, E Board 3 yr term; Ruth Ann Hocking, E Board 2 yr term; Jane Holeman, E Board 1 yr term; Jeff Harrell, E Board 2 yr term. Jennifer Johnson moved that we accept the slate of officers as presented; Dale Jacobson seconded the motion and it passed.



The festival heads were reminded to get their budget requests into the LTAC as soon as possible.



NEW BUSINESS: No new business items


Christmas: Steve Linhart is helping Ruth Ann Hocking this year. The pictures will be moved from the Depot to the area between Funland & the LBPD. Two tents will be set up. The coloring contest is underway. They need someone to donate the stockings for prizes. They will need volunteers for the day of the event.



Blue Grass Festival: Ruth Ann Hocking reported that she has 9 bands and 5 more seats at the Chautauqua.



Sandsations: Mikel Burns reported that they also will need lots of volunteers for the day of the event.



Kite Festival: Jane Holeman reported that they are beginning to work on 2008.



Beach Run: Sherry Hash reported that this will be the 31st year. Work is underway, but they will need a new chair.



Jake’s Birthday: no report



Doggie Olympic Games: Jill Grey is looking to make it a two day event. This year, the D.O.G., the Beach Run and the Garlic Festival are all on the same weekend.


Kite Museum: Kay Buesing reported on the AKA convention and the art show that they hosted. On November 4 there will be a concert by Bob Milne as a fundraiser.



LBPVB: Mikel Burns reminded everyone to get into the Visitor’s Bureau and proof their information in the Vacation Beach Planner. The Board has new officers with Bruce Petersen as President.



Liaison: Steve Linhart reported that OPCC will have the Garlic Festival in 2008 , but is still deciding about 2009. The new officers are Bob Beezley, President; Phyllis Knight, VP; Karen Stevens, Treasurer; and Judy Beezley, Treasurer.


Loyalty Days: Ruth Ann Hocking reported that they all ready have parade entries. Bob Andrew will stay on as chairman.



Surf Perch Derby: Dale reported that they will be working on the old hot dog wagon and the door replacement at the storage unit will be underway soon.



LTAC: Mikel Burns reported that they are working on the 2008 budget and will be looking for interest in the commercials. They have two spots that will open up on LTAC: small lodging and festivals. These people serve at the behest of the mayor.



National Heritage Area: Dian Barker Sayce reported that they are still working on the planting. They are planning on working east towards Sandridge. Gayle Borchard reported that the Board has raised approximately $32,000 of the $50,000 that is necessary to proceed. They will have a number of public meetings in the area.


Jill Grey thanked all of the festival chairs for submitting information to the Visitor’s Bureau in a timely fashion.



Jerry Phillips, BOP, stated that there is till counterfeit $20 and $50 bills out there. There is also a rash of counterfeit VISA traveler’s checks and USPS money orders. Also, there are counterfeit CVS Pharmacy moneygrams that are over $500. For more information, contact Jerry at the Bank of the Pacific.



Jill Grey announced the second annual Champagne Brunch for the Humane Society will be help on 12/1/07 at the Senior Center. Tickets are $25 each and seating is limited to $125.



Keleigh Schwartz reminded everyone that raffle tickets for the Humane Society were still available.



Denise Jones passed out information on the OBH Foundation Celebration of Lights . It will be held at Ft. Columbia this year.



The meeting was adjourned at 9a.m.

October 5, 2007 Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Andrew. Stephen Linhart moved last month’s minutes be approved as-is. Mikel Burns seconded that motion, and the motion carried. Mikel Burns made the Treasurer’s Report. Gayle Borchard reported that approximately 220 requests for 2008 dues were sent out in mid-September, and Mikel Burns reported that approximately 25 members had submitted their payment to date. First to pay their dues was Shelly Pollock – a new member. Thanks, Shelly!

Bob Andrew presented the following OLD BUSINESS items:

1. All event/festival chairs must submit their budget requests to the LTAC committee as soon as possible, if they had not done so already.

2. The LBMA now has a blog site up and running at this site will include minutes plus provide an opportunity for board members to express themselves and communicate important information with one another.

3. October 5th and 6th were the first two planting days of the Peninsula Gateway Beautification Project. The anticipated next planting days for Stenlin’s corner will be delayed until November (current expectation) due to a minor slip in the State DOT schedule or their work at that location (which precedes the Gateway Project’s work).

4. Three Board Member positions and all Officer positions –President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer – are open. Those wishing to nominate Board Members or Officers should send their requests to Gayle Borchard at or 642-8561 by the end of October, so the slate can be finalized. Stephen Linhart will continue to serve as LBMA’s Community Liaison, a non-elected position.

New Business: None.

Committee Reports:

1. Christmas: Ragan Andrew reported that while event planning is moving along nicely, the LBMA still needs to put a committee chair in place, Due to Ruth Ann Hocking’s retirement from that position. Ragan has the kid’s coloring contest underway, and the City is considering a storefront challenge contest (for best decorated store) this year. Bob Andrew reported that while there is plenty of power at the Boardwalk, more receptacles are needed before the City and Merchants can light the Boardwalk for Christmas. Bob also reported that the LED lights that were installed last year in trees lining Pacific have been removed for rehabilitation, and are expected to be reinstalled by this Christmas.

2. Blue Gras Festivals: No report

3. Sandsations: No report

4. Kite Festival: Jane Holeman and Kay Buesing are at

Ocean Shores for their kite festival, so no report.

5. Beach to Chowder Run: The date of June 7th is selected, and the race will run at the same time as the D.O.G. next year.

Other Reports:


Kite Museum: The Peninsula Art Association’s Fall show is at the museum this weekend. Bob Milne has scheduled another ragtime piano concert on November 4. This is a not-to-be-missed show, so get your tickets early!

2. Peninsula Visitor’s Bureau: Mikel Burns reported the Bureau’s membership drive is on. She also reported that John Schmidt of Washington State Parks is a new and most welcome Board Member.

3. Community Liaison: Steve Linhart reported that new Lewis & Clark National Park Manager David Szymanski will be the guest of the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark on Wednesday, October 10th for a no-host luncheon at the Shoalwater Restaurant, starting at . This is a great opportunity to meet one of the area’s most important resource managers, and to welcome this new addition to our community. Steven also reported that the Cranberrian Fair is October 10-14. There will be a Harvest dinner dance on October 13th in Ilwaco. Tickets can be obtained at the

Ilwaco Heritage Museum. Steven reported that Ilwaco would like to see some sort of event signage at Stenlin’s Corner (at Highway 101/Sandridge Road). Bob Andrew remarked that Highway 101 is a

State Scenic Highway

, making additional signage visible from the roadway problematic.

4. Loyalty Days: Bob Andrew reported that next year’s theme will be “The Progression of Liberty”. The branch of the military that will be honored is the Navy.

5. Surf Perch

Derby: No report

6. National Heritage Area: Gayle Borchard reported that Destination: The Pacific (DTP) has raised more than $30,000 of the initially required $50,000. Dean Takko has joined Betsy Johnson as two elected officials who will work with DTP to raise an additional $225,000 to complete the Congressionally-required studies/analyses and the required public involvement program. She also reported that the first series of public meetings were being planned for the week starting November 5th, and recommended folks keep an eye on the newspaper for further information.


Jill Gray reported that the Humane Society will be hosting its annual champagne brunch fundraiser December 1st. Tickets are $25 and are limited to only 125, so Jill recommended you get your tickets quickly from members of the Humane Society’s Board or at the shelter.

Respectfully submitted,

Gayle Borchard

Substitute Secretary


Welcome to the Long Beach Merchants website and blog. Our active merchant group meets at Castaways Restaurant, downtown Long Beach, Washington, on the first Friday of each month, starting at 8:00 am. Join us and learn more about our activities.

We’re currently seeking a new chair for the Christmas committee. Contact Ruth Ann Hocking to learn more, or to volunteer this year to see what it’s all about. 360.665.4141