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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30i Klickitat County Afford- able Housing Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for new afford- able housing projects. Eligible projects include: new housing development and housing acquisition re- habilitation offering perma- nent affordable housing; housing operation assis- tance grants for permanent affordable housing; and rental assistance subsidies, including gap rental assis- tance and deposits. Klickitat County resi- dents earning less than 50 percent of the area median income (AMI) will be the beneficiaries of this fund. Any legal entity that is a non-profit, for-profit, hous- ing and service organiza- tion, and/or faith-based or- ganization is also eligible. Klickitat County will not accept applications from in- dividuals for single-falaily homeownership, home re- pair or rent/mortgage assis- tance. Such projects must be sponsored by an organiza- tion willing to complete the activities on a larger scale. The Klickitat County Af- fordable Housing Advisory Board is made up stakehold- ers including: Klickitat County; Klickitat County Economic Development; Co- lumbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity; Mid-Columbia Housing/Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation; Wash- ington Gorge Action Pro- grams; and other interested citizens. For questions or further information, contact Linda Schneider or Leslie Naramore at (509) 493-2662. FILE PHOTO COLD FRENZY: The 2016 Polar Plunge this Friday is expected to be as brief as those in years past, such as this one. Happy Near Year's! The Sentinel office will be closed this Friday in observance of New Year's Day. CONTRIBUTED: JEANNE MORGAN CANDY CANE LANE MEMO- RIES: This year's parade was colorful and memorable. Right, Grand Marshall Carl and Karen Conroy. The Appleton Fire truck (above) won top honors. CONTRIBUTED: TRAVI$ HERSEIM. RARE DELIGHT: There was a full moon over Goldendale on Christmas night. It was the first full moon on Christmas Day since 1977 and the last until 2034. The Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District suggests that the best way to begin 2016 is by throw- ing yourself into icy water The district's ninth Annu- al Polar Plunge happens New Year's Day at Maryhill State Park at 10 a.m. This annual tradition is a fundraiser for the district. "Maybe you don't want to plunge," states a press re- lease from the district, "but you could always donate to have someone else plunge, or just come and watch the fun Dear and fast event." There is also a reminder: don't be late. The plunge starts at 10 a.m. and ends mere seconds later. The recreation district is working with Washington State Parks so there is no ad- mission required to enter the park if you are just there for the plunge. For more information and entry forms, go to www.gold- endalepool.com or call the swimming pool at (509) 773- 0506 or (509) 250-0981. We have just been advised there will be a Price Increase to our Extended Vehicle Service Plans (EVSP) effective December 30, 2015, After that date we will not be able to honor the service contract quote designed specifica ly for your veh de Call us immediately at i (866) 341-9255. so we can hold your EVSP contract at the lowest program rates With vehicles expiring out of factory warranty due to time or mileage the F.~tended Vehicle Service Plan provides coverage beyond the orig nal Manufacturer'~ and puts ymtr vehicle back under coverage at current Loyalty Pricing. B)" contacling us now you cmt avoid the price increase and still cover your im'estment from the high cost of these unexpected repairs. We want to make sure we do ever) thing possilde to earn your business so please know this program is timtted, based on your current mihage and age of your vehicle. At this time No Y_CJl~tg_~ is required and t he -- " . Please call prior to 12/29/2015 for these eligibility requirements to remain valid. We can be reached between 8 am and 5:30 pm CT Monday through Friday and 9 am to 2 pm CT Saturdays. Call toll-free at 1 (866) 341-9255, Please refer to Customer ID# DSKL465171 when you call, Sincerely; Dale Stevens Senior Program Ad~sor 1 (866) 341-9255 VEHICLE ASSURANCE LETTER HOW'S THAT AGAIN?: Letters such as these are hitting Klickitat County mailboxes making recipients think they ordered quotes. Lou MARZELES EDITOR They know what kind of car you have. They know your address. And while their letters aren't exactly a scam, they are at the least highly deceptive and manipu- lative. "The way it reads," says one Goldendale recipient, "it makes it seem like I asked for a quote for an extended ser- vice plan on my car. But I did- n't, and I never heard of these people." Her letter was from Vehi- cle Assurance Service Con- tracts (VASC) from St. Louis, Mo. It had her car make and model at the top, along with a boldface notice reading "2015 Price Increase." And it began: "We have been ad- vised there will be a price in- crease to our Extended Vehi- cle Service Plans (EVSP) ef- fective Dec. 30, 2015. After that date we will not be able to honor the service contract quote designed specifically for your vehicle." "There are several things wrong here," the recipient, who prefers not to be named, says. "For one thing, who ad- vised them of their price in- crease? It makes it sound like this news just fell on them from some outside source, and that's ridiculous. They just raised their own prices. But the worse part is saying they won't be able to honor a quote that I never asked for, never saw, and don't want. It makes you think you need to call them." The recipient did call and talked with a person who identified himself as Bill Ayers, licensed insurance agent. Ayers listened to the f recipient's complaints, which she says were delivered in a calm manner "OK, don't bite my head off," Ayers responded. "My friendly advice is for you to keep this letter and my name because you're going to get more of these letters from other companies." Closer examination of the letter's wording reveals it isn't quite a scam. It does say a quote has been "designed" but not that it was given. It states the company wants to "earn your business," indi- cating it has not done busi- ness with recipients as of yet. The company, like others of its ilk, easily obtain car own- ership records and addresses, then bombard owners with letters. Ayers was told by the re- cipient that she would take his letter to The Sentinel and have them do a story on his company. "Oh, no, no," he respond- ed. "You don't want to do that. It'll just get people con- fused, and there's really no need." The recipient countered that if everything they were doing were completely above board, a story would be some- thing not only non-threaten- ing but possibly helpful for their business. Ayers had no response to that comment. Anyone receiving such a letter may well choose to do business with the company, VASC actually has a positive rating from the Better Busi- ness Bureau for its service, though there is no separate ranking category for adver- tising approaches. Internet traffic shows complaints about how it presents itself.