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Walmart grant funds Food Share renovations

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Florence Food Share acknowledged the receipt of $30,000 from Walmart Oct. 16 during its grand reopening. The funds were used to repair the Food Share building's siding, install a new warehouse door and new flooring.
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KCST Pumpkin Giveaway to celebrate 25 years

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something … orange? That may be a variation on an old adage related to weddings. But Coast Radio and its sponsors are turning it on its ear for this year's 25th annual Original Great Pumpkin Giveaway, Thursday, Oct. 23.
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Black bear sightings on rise

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
In Florence, fall is the season for salmon, mushrooms, falling leaves and bear sightings. This year, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) District Wildlife Biologist Doug Cottam, there has been an increase in the number of reported bear sightings and nuisance issues compared to the past several years.
ODFW lists three categories of bear problems: nuisance bears,
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City denies port’s float-a-potty proposal

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Every fall, salmon and salmon fishermen inundate the Siuslaw River. The Oregon Marine Board, with the help of the Port of Siuslaw, proposed installing a floating relief station for the benefit of the fishermen.
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Forest service to begin restorations on North Fork

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Restoration work on Forest Service dispersed campsites along the North Fork Siuslaw River will start Oct. 20 and will take about four weeks. The work is intended to improve riparian area conditions while continuing to provide dispersed recreation.
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SS Bean sails into Old Town

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
The SS Bean "came into port," courtesy of the Port of Siuslaw, Saturday to help Old Town and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce celebrate Columbus Day. The oddly shaped boat was renovated by Florence volunteers Margaret McDermott, Dan Grimes and Karen Mechek, and it will be used as an occasional landmark during festivals and parades. The SS Bean is
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Siuslaw High School scores above state averages

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
Students at Siuslaw High School exceeded statewide averages in every category of the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) evaluations for the 2013-14 school year.
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Local restaurants dominate chowder competition

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce may want to change its name to the "Chamber of Chowder" after three local restaurants took the top prizes in a regional chowder competition last month.
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ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
The Siuslaw River was still teeming with boats Friday morning as wild coho continue providing plenty of catches for anglers fishing in the lower bay up to around the North Fork confluence. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair with sea run cutthroat trout found in upper tidewater and the lower portions on the Siuslaw.
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Florence LCC campus to celebrate 50 years

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
The Lane Community College Florence Center is hosting a reception Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m., to observe the college's 50th anniversary.
The reception precedes the college board of education meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
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LCC intern program benefits students and businesses

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
Lane Community College Florence campus has been offering a student intern program for more than 20 years. The program has proved beneficial to students, businesses and non-profit organizations that participate.
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Open house to debate new Rhody multi-use path alternatives

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
City of Florence staff will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Florence Events Center to discuss and get the public's feedback on the new plan alternatives for the Rhododendron Drive Multi-Use Path.
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City manager candidate exits stage

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
Florence City Council and staff are back to square one this week in their search for a new city manager.
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Gala — Good cause for paws

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
Three Rivers Casino and Hotel welcomed supporters of the Florence Area Humane Society by way of a big party Friday night, Oct. 3. The Wine and Chocolate Gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the humane society. Dozens of local and nearby businesses provide food, prizes and wine to entice guests to support FAHS.
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Strength in numbers

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
The city of Florence has officially declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for which Siuslaw Outreach Services organized a march through Old Town Sunday, Oct. 5, to demonstrate how awareness and education can help put an end to violence in the home. According to David Wiegan, SOS executive director, about 100 people participated in the March. "Violence does not
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STEP seeks to increase hatchery output

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
The Florence Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) is working on ways to bring up the number of surviving juvenile steelhead, smolt, to the established capacity number of 90,000 for the STEP hatchery on Munsel Creek.
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State health officials prepared for Ebola, but risk is low

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
State public health officials say they are ready to respond in the unlikely event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon, but they emphasize that risk of exposure remains low.
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County partnership provides access to business capital

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
Lane County and the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) have partnered to create a $1 million revolving loan fund to support local businesses.
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