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Florence powers up for a better community

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Results of community-wide efforts to show support of local needs and agencies are still coming in this week, after the fourth annual Power of Florence was held Saturday, July 19. Dozens of volunteers worked throughout the city cleaning, sweeping and fundraising. Photos above show, clockwise from left to right, Little Libraries, a free resource for readers; Kaylee Graham, event organizer,
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Interim superintendent sees challenge for coming school year

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The tight budget constraints the Siuslaw School District has struggled with over the past several years have finally lessened. Only to be replaced with a new looming challenge, according to Siuslaw School District Interim Superintendent Ethel Angal.
"Education in Oregon is about to undergo a huge shock wave," Angal said. This is because Oregon will be transitioning from the
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Commercial fishing issues dominate port board meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
No fishing zones within the Oregon marine reserves and commercial moorage rates were the focus of the July 16 Port of Siuslaw board meeting.
Included in Audubon Society representative Paul Engelmeyer's presentation on coastal conservation issues and strategies was an explanation of Oregon's five marine reserve sites.
No fishing, crabbing or gathering of any kind
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Queen Rhododendra’s royal robe retires

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
After more than 30 years of use, the Rhododen-dron Court retired the queen's robe.
On Monday, July 14, Senior Rhody Court Coordinator Cindy Wobbe, 2013 Rhody Queen Jade Herbert and current Queen Rhododendra, Katrina Greenlief, presented the board of the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum with the robe, which was officially retired in 2013 with Herbert's reign.
"What we would like
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A family affair

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Nearly 70 descendants
of the Richards family reunited this week in Florence to share stories from their heritage that dates back 65 years when patriarch Frank Richards established the town's first garbage service.
Most arrived in town last Saturday and stayed through this weekend. They came from around the country -- California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Washington,
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Hospital issues health warning

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
Over the past two weeks both the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center clinic and emergency room have seen increases in patients suffering from flu-like symptoms.
"I talked with both Dr. Graham (ER physician) and with Linda Sherwood (infection control nurse)," Dr. Ron Shearer said. "There has been an upswing in nausea/vomiting/diarrhea cases over the last two weeks.
"So far there
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School board elects new officers

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
During the July 16 Siuslaw School District board meeting, directors elected Tammy Butler chairwoman and John Barnett vice-chairman for the 2014-2015 school year. The term of office will be from July 2014 through June 2015.
Butler was vice-chairwoman for the 2013-2014 school year and replaces Paul Burns as chairman. Barnett has been a school board member since July 2013.
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Fit to print

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Kenneth B Gallery premiered its new print lab Saturday afternoon with a demonstration of various printmaking techniques by local artists Robin Tilton and Liz Johnson (above). More than 40 people stopped by the Florence gallery at 1458 First St. to check out the Print Lab Project, a community
printmaking facility equipped with two etching presses that are available for
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Sea star die-off reaches Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, have been dying off in alarming numbers along the entire West Coast, from Baja, Mexico, to Alaska. According to reports from the Seattle Aquarium, some parts of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands have seen population declines of up to 80 percent.
On the Oregon coast, according to CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator
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Local author releases new book ‘Native Nations’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Florence resident and author Steve Talbot announced the release of his latest book, "Native Nations of North America," published by Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Talbot and his wife Mariechen moved to Florence from California in 1999.
"I convinced my wife that we should retire in beautiful Oregon," he said.
At that time, Talbot began teaching sociology and American Indian courses
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Council election heats up

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 15th, 2014
Florence City Council could see at least three new faces on the dais next year following the resignation of councilor Joe Henry, who will instead run for mayor in the November election against incumbent Nola Xavier.
Henry filed the preliminary paperwork last week to be placed on the ballot as a candidate for Florence mayor, currently held by Xavier. As
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Dunes City names Volunteer of the Year

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Dunes City Mayor Rebecca Ruede awarded the third annual Volunteer of the Year award to George Burke during the July 10 Dunes City council meeting.
Burke was selected from a list of more than 30 names submitted for the award. Burke has been a member of the Dunes City planning commission for nine years and, according to Ruede, has served
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Make a ‘powerful’ difference in Florence

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Next Saturday is Power of Florence, an event that the city has officially declared an annual day of volunteering.
Instituted four years ago by the young Kaylee Graham, now 14, the goal is to get as many people as possible involved in the day of giving to illustrate how each citizen is capable of making a difference in their community.
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Health advisories issued for Heceta and D River beaches

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
Public health advisories were issued Thursday because of higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Heceta Beach in Florence and D River Beach in Lincoln City. Friday night after 4:30 p.m., the advisories were lifted.
Water samples last week had indicated higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can sicken people with diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections
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