Wells Fargo & Co. has introduced a free, patent-pending service giving its customers the ability to use hundreds of its ATMs in Oregon and southwest Washington to anonymously donate to selected local nonprofit organizations. The agencies will receive 100 percent of any gifts made.

Wells Fargo & Co. has introduced a free, patent-pending service giving its customers the ability to use hundreds of its ATMs in Oregon and southwest Washington to anonymously donate to selected local nonprofit organizations. The agencies will receive 100 percent of any gifts made.

Wells Fargo selected four nonprofit groups that provide services throughout Oregon and southwest Washington:

Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid and development group, whose mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people around the world build secure, productive and just communities. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food to a network of 915 hunger relief agencies throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. SOLV brings together government agencies, businesses and individual volunteers in programs and projects to enhance the livability of Oregon. Start Making A Reader Today, which partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver one-on-one literacy support and new books to kindergarten through third-grade children.

The Media Services department of Pacific Retirement Services, an in-house multimedia advertising, marketing and public relations agency headquartered in Medford, was among those honored at the 17th annual National Mature Media Awards for excellence in advertising and marketing to older adults.

PRS won eight awards from the 16 works it submitted, increasing the total awards won since 2000 to 56.

PRS received a silver award for its full-page newspaper ad, "Capture the Views, Experience the Value," which introduced the public to Mirabella, its new Continuing Care Retirement Community under construction now in the South Waterfront area of Portland.

PRS won a bronze award for its 2007 Annual Report and earned merit awards for a Rogue Valley Manor magazine ad "Step Out of the Audience" and original photograph "Fun in the Pool."

Three PRS Mirabella Portland entries and one for Mirabella Seattle also were honored.

Grains Beans and Things has opened at in the Cedar Mall at 820 Crater Lake Ave., Suite 113, Medford.

The store carries equipment for home coffee roasting, home cheese making, hot sauces, green coffee beans and home beer brewing.

Owner Bob Bacolas has won blue ribbons for his Oatmeal Stout at Jackson County and Douglas County fairs.

Registration is under way for a free coffee roasting class scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The telephone number is 499-6777.

Compiled from staff reports

Compiled from staff reports