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A bushel and a peck

Posted: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016
Twin Lakes Store seeks produce as fundraiser for annual Holiday Giving Tree.
Twin Lakes Store owner Vicki Ambrosio is raising money to sponsor the store's fourth annual Giving Tree to provide Christmas presents to teenagers.

"This is for teenagers in our area, from Heceta Beach to the Lane County line. This is an age group that gets neglected

Bridge work moves across the water

Posted: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016
Oregon Department of Trans-
portation (ODOT) and contractor Hamilton Construction continue to work on the Cathodic Protection Project on the Siuslaw River Bridge. Construction has extended into the first segment over the water with the use of a barge and crane. Construction involves seismic improvements, repairs and reinforcement of the bridge's concrete and the replacement of the bridge railing. ODOT

Walking the walk

Posted: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016
The community is invited to take a walk on Bay Street Sunday during the annual March Against Domestic Violence.
Siuslaw Outreach Services (SOS) plans the annual event in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"The main reason we march is that people don't like to discuss domestic violence. It makes it more difficult to address," said David Wiegan, SOS executive

Port reviews rate increase, dredge work

Posted: Friday, Sep 30th, 2016
During the Sept. 21 meeting, Port of Siuslaw commissioners received reports on revenue increases, real estate updates and dredge funding streamlining.
Port Administrative Assistant Dina McClure said the August campground occupancy rate was 88 percent for 2016, compared to 91 percent for 2015, and moorage occupancy was 68 percent, down from 71 percent last year.
"Those numbers are down a

‘Write what you know’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Sixth annual Florence Festival of Books features Phillip Margolin, dozens of regional authors.

Eighty-five authors converged on the Florence Events Center Saturday to promote their prose as part of the two-day Florence Festival of Books, now in its sixth year. Hundreds of book-lovers browsed and kibitzed with local, regional and nationally-recognized writers. Ten publishers also were at the Saturday

Boys and Girls Club membership grows

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
From struggling to open its doors last September to enrolling more than 100 members at the start of this school year, the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County elementary and Teen Center programs are targeting the needs of members and the community.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Chuck Trent said, "We are doing everything we can to

LCC still negotiating new classified staff contract

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Lane Community College (LCC) and Lane Community College Employee Federation (LCCEF), the union representing the college's classified staff, failed to reach an agreement on a new contract during a mediation meeting held Sept. 21.
Classified staff are non-certified employees, not full-time teaching staff.
LCC and LCCEF plan to meet again on Oct. 3 to continue talks.
According to a

Marching on

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
Boys and Girls Club launches fall programs.
More than 115 students have enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County fall sports, cheerleading and drum corps programs.
The club's tackle football program has a roster of 30 fifth- and sixth-graders, five more players than last year.
The first of five home games will be played Saturday,

Day of Caring comes to the coast

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
United Way volunteers from the Eugene and Springfield area descended on Florence and Mapleton, Thursday, Sept. 22 as part of the county wide Day of Caring, sponsored by the Lane County chapter of United Way.

‘Always Ready to Rhody’

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
On Thursday, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce appointed U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River as the grand marshals for the 2017 Rhododendron Festival in May.
"We're excited to make this announcement," Chamber President Jenna Bartlett said. "We'll be celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the Coast Guard's service to the area as well as the 110th annual Rhody Days."

Habitat for Humanity seeks help for troubled neighborhood

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
During the Sept. 19 Florence City Council meeting, councilors heard a report from Habitat for Humanity and received a bid update by Mike Miller on the Rhododendron Drive improvements. Mayor Joe Henry also read a proclamation naming October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Habitat Neighborhood Revitaliz-
ation Manager Ken Gaylord talked about the issues Habitat was having with the Keener

Ms. Nicani returns to sea after running aground

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Florence-based tuna boat re-floated after 2 days aground on North Jetty Beach.
The sight of a large fishing boat grounded on the beach drew spectators to Heceta Beach near the Siuslaw River North Jetty over the weekend.
The 50-foot commercial fishing vessel Ms. Nicani ran aground early Saturday morning at Heceta Beach between the North Jetty and Driftwood Shores Resort,

Clear Lake home destroyed in fire

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On Saturday, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue responded to last week's fourth large-scale fire in the area, this time on Clear Lake Road.
Fire Marshal Sean Barrett said the fire began Sept. 17 in the garage at 83990 Clear Lake Road. Owner Mike DeRego was home at the time and reported it to dispatch at 4:42 p.m.
Siuslaw Valley

‘The book was better’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
"The whole point of Florence Festival of Books is to celebrate the written word," said event organizer Judy Fleegle.
That especially means printed books -- hundreds of them -- that will be on display for purchase and signing at the sixth annual Festival of Books this Friday and Saturday at Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
Friday, Sept. 23,

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