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Summer Lunch Program Mobile Delivery

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
School district offers free lunches for youthA maroon van pulls up, the back doors open and free lunches are handed out to anyone 18 and younger. No questions asked.
Under the supervision of Siuslaw School District Food Services Manager Dave Bitner, this new mobile lunch program runs Monday through Friday this summer for local youth.
Food for Lane
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Ambulance, fire districts to share leadership

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
At their June meetings, the boards of directors of Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District signed an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for shared administrative services. Fire Chief Jim Langborg will be the head of operations for both agencies starting Friday, July 1.
The signed IGA is a policy decision by both boards to share and combine administrative
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Starting up and taking off

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
City of Florence and Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) held their ninth meeting in the Florence area at Ocean Dunes Golf Links on June 1. The Founders Fireside Chat featured three success stories by Lane County-based start-ups.
Local entrepreneur Carl Hulan, founder of mobile-device app Lofoodal.com, introduced the meeting and RAIN's venture catalyst, Caroline Cummings.
"The purpose of
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school art program moves forward, enlists artists

Posted: Friday, Jun 24th, 2016
Seven local artists signed up for the Arts in Schools project after meeting with Lane Arts Council (LAC) representative Laren Suveges and Siuslaw elementary and middle school principals June 30 to learn about the council's program at the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) art center.
LAC has operated the Arts in Schools program since 1978. Suveges said it
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Welcome back, Archie

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
Siuslaw Watershed Executive Director Dan Carpenter, Oregon State Parks representative Mark Cowan, Lane County Parks Division Manager Mike Russell, Save Archie community representative Kay King and West Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich help Billy Grable cut the ribbon June 17 to officially reopen Archie Knowles Campground. Operations and maintenance of the newly refurbished nine-site campground, located east of Mapleton, was
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Military Museum looks to rewrite future

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
Although it focuses on the past and historical artifacts, Oregon Coast Military Museum is creating a new strategic plan to launch into the future.
"We're coming up on our one-year anniversary on July 4," Executive Director Cal Applebee said. "The board is convinced that it's time to do a new strategic plan that says where we want to go from
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Port may have buyers for two properties

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
With the real estate market heating up, Port of Siuslaw commissioners focused on the potential sale of two port properties during their June 15 meeting.
According to Port Manager Steven Leskin, the old port office building, located at 1499 Bay St., and the 40-acre Pacific View Business Park off Kingwood Street, near the Florence Municipal Airport, have prospective buyers.
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Siuslaw Interpretive Center

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 21st, 2016
At a glance: After more than a decade in the making, the city's Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center opened in 2013 and provides a scenic view of the historic bridge and river for both residents and visitors alike to enjoy while in Old Town Florence.
Located on Bay Street, the outdoor area includes tables and chairs, benches and interpretive signage
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Passing the Santa hat

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
CROW to take over annual holiday variety show, Holly Jolly Follies.
Holly Jolly Follies has been a holiday tradition in Florence since 2009. After a year without the variety show last December, founder Pat Sapp knew it was time to hang up the Santa hat -- or pass it on.
Sapp said in a news release that she recognized that
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Fire board approves budget of $2.5M

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Board of Directors voted to approve fiscal year 2016-17's budget of $2,518,391 in a 4-to-1 vote at its June 15 board meeting.
Fire Chief Jim Langborg presented the budget committee's work.
The budget includes a general fund of $2,220,003, consisting of $1.22 million in personnel services, $451,863 in materials and services and $418,209 in debt
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Real Food Co-op may close doors for good

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
Lack of customers could force organic food store to shut down.
Real Food Co-op, located at 1379 B Rhododendron Drive, temporarily closed its doors last week, but its long-term fate and viability remains shrouded in uncertainty.
According to General Manager Karen Hazelwood, the organic food store hopes to reopen Monday, June 20. But, the question is, for how long?
"We
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Guiding light

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, members of the Florence Jewish community and representatives of PFLAG join together with approximately 60 community members at a candlelight vigil Thursday evening for the victims of the deadly shooting at an Orlando nightclub last Sunday. St. Andrew's labyrinth provided the setting for the unified, interfaith service, during which grieving people could speak, sing, pray and
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Who let the dogs out?

Posted: Friday, Jun 17th, 2016
More than 60 dogs and their families attended the third annual Bark for Life at Miller Park last Saturday. Dogs circled the park's track; watched as Surf City Dog trainer Dina Pavlis and Cheryl Pinnock led Tru, the champion trick dog, in obedience and trick-training; participated in an obstacle course; had their nails painted and won contests for best costume
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FLORENCE GREEN FAIR Greener living

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
More than 750 people attended the seventh annual Florence Green Fair on Saturday, presented by Siuslaw News and KCST Coast Radio. This year's event featured 30 exhibitors and several speakers who presented local products, environmentally friendly practices and healthy living at the Florence Events Center. People entered the fair with donations to Florence Food Share, raising an estimated 400 pounds
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Graduates take home $132K in scholarships

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
Siuslaw, Mapleton seniors celebrate end of high school.
Hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers gathered over the weekend to celebrate the 91 Siuslaw and Mapleton school district seniors who received diplomas.
Siuslaw High School graduated 82 Friday evening, June 10, and Mapleton High School graduated nine on Saturday, June 11.
Siuslaw School Board members handed out diplomas to this
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County budget focuses on closing revenue gap

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
Lane County Budget Committee, composed of five community members and the five Lane County commissioners, has approved the fiscal year 2016-17 budget. The commissioners will meet June 21 for its final adoption.
County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky spoke about the county budget when he was in Florence last month.
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Up from the ashes

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 14th, 2016
Last June, Linda and Brian Stent watched as their storage building at Pacific Pines RV Park and Storage went up in flames. Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal Sean Barrett called it a "four-alarm fire" and the biggest commercial fire the City of Florence had seen in recent years.
Now, a year later, recovery of the 36-unit building is
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