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V for Veterans

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
After seven-and-a-half years, changes in sites, shifts in board members, unexpected expenses, thousands of dollars in donations and many fundraising efforts, the Oregon Coast Military Museum (OCMM) will open its doors at 2145 Kingwood St. in a grand opening tomorrow, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Prime parking opens in Old Town

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
The City of Florence announced that it has secured the use of a parking lot at 1150 Bay St. for additional year-round parking in Old Town.
The lot is part of the vacant Lotus Restaurant across the street from the Edwin K Bed and Breakfast.
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Mapleton fireworks canceled

Posted: Thursday, Jul 2nd, 2015
According to Mapleton resident Wesley Voth, the community will not be treated to the traditional legal fireworks display this year.
Because of a required change of location, event organizer Terry Saubert was not able to complete and submit the proper state and county permits in time to gain approval for a new location.
Florence, however, will still hold a
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power of flOreNcE

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Saturday, July 18, will be the fifth annual Power of Florence, a citywide day of volunteering that begins with a Power Walk, includes service projects throughout the day and ends with a party.
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ABC Preschool to close next week

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Letters were sent to parents and teachers of ABC Preschool (ABC), a traditional and Montessori preschool for children 3 to 6 years old, announcing that it will cease operation on Monday, July 6, due to inadequate cash flow, according to Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County Vice President Chuck Trent.
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July 4th Fireworks & fun

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
Celebrate your independence with community events throughout the Florence area. Below, find some of the Fourth of July fireworks, festivals, grand openings and events going on this weekend.
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Sand Ranch Rock Shop

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
5351 Highway 101, Florence x 541-991-3110

At a glance: Sand Ranch owners Deacon and Hilary Matthews are proud to announce the opening of their new family-friendly business at the Sand Ranch north of Florence.
On July 4, the community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Sand Ranch Rock Shop, featuring the best in thunder eggs, geodes, agates,
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Missing swimmer found deceased

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 30th, 2015
After a 10-hour search, divers in Woahink Lake recovered the body of missing swimmer Jose De La Mora, 17, Friday between 10 and 11 a.m.
Initial reports indicate that five juveniles were swimming on the east side of the lake on Thursday, June 25, at 6 p.m. when they saw a member of their group go under the water
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Community supports victim's family

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
The Florence community is stepping forward to support Jose De La Mora's family after the teenager's death last night. Friends and community members will be outside Rosa's Florence Mexican Restaurant, 2825 Highway 101, tomorrow to raise funds for the De La Mora family and support each other. The Indoor Yard-Sale at Florence Events Center will have at least one collection
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How do these gardens grow?

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
Five delightful gardens will
entertain visitors on Sunday, June 28, when the Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS) hosts its annual self-guided Tour of Gardens from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased ahead of time or on the day of the tour at any of the garden locations.
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Deadlines change for Independence Day

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015

Siuslaw News deadlines move up next week to accommodate the Fourth of July holiday on Saturday.
All advertising and news items for the Friday, July 3, issue must be submitted by Wednesday, July 1, at noon. Line classifieds are due by noon on Thursday, July 2.
The Siuslaw News office will be closed on July 3.
Call 541-997-3441 for
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Honeyman Park meeting brings trail prospects

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
In the second of three public meetings, Honeyman State Park and Oregon State Park representatives presented their findings on pedestrian safety and trail evaluations on June 18.
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Recreational marijuana use legal July 1

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, marks the first day for the legal use of recreational marijuana in Oregon.
Florence Police Department Lt. John Pitcher said, "Now the possession of marijuana will no longer be a crime, as long as people abide by the new law. ... I'm not expecting any trouble."
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Missing Woahink Lake swimmer found deceased

Posted: Friday, Jun 26th, 2015
Missing swimmer Jose De La Mara, 17, was found deceased this morning between 10 and 11 a.m. after drowning last night in Woahink Lake. De La Mora was a student at Siuslaw High School. More information will be available in the Siuslaw News on Saturday, June 27.
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HANGING HIGH

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Members of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Revitalization Team (DRT) stand underneath one of two canvas banners hung up last week on streetlight poles off Highway 126 and Quince Street to encourage travelers to stop and stay in the area. The DRT project includes a total of 21 banners -- each 8 feet tall and 20 inches wide
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Quality Child Care of Florence to close

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
Parents and staff members received written notice last week that Quality Child Care of Florence (QCCF) will cease operation after June 30 due to lack of funds, according to Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County Vice President Chuck Trent, who announced the decision Monday.
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COOL places to visit this summer Oregon Coast Military Museum

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 23rd, 2015
At a glance: The mission of the Oregon Coast Military Museum is to educate the community about the role that military members (both past and present) have played in defending the freedoms we all enjoy; and to provide an avenue for veterans to display and share their personal artifacts, memorabilia and memoirs as a history of their honorable military service.
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A change of command

Modified: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River changed command Friday morning from Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate James Greenlief to Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Timothy Tregoning. Sector North Bend Commanding Officer Captain Michael Trimpert presided. Tregoning, his wife Amy and their children Jon, 10, and Berkley, 8, (above) last served at Station Apra Harbor in Guam. Greenlief (at right with Trimpert) will
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Storage damage swells to $5M

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) Fire Marshal Sean Barrett increased his estimate of damage from the June 16 fire at Pacific Pines RV Park and Storage from $500,000 to nearly $5 million. =
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Port adopts budget amid concerns

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Before the Port of Siuslaw commissioners voted to adopt the 2015 fiscal year budget, which begins July 1, during Wednesday's meeting, former commissioner Bill Fleenor spoke to the board about his concerns for the lack of long-term capital improvement planning.
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Florence adjusts fees, approves supplemental budget

Posted: Friday, Jun 19th, 2015
Florence City Council approved two budget-based resolutions at its June 15 meeting. According to the staff report, the 2015-16 fiscal year budget, adopted June 1, included inflationary adjustments to its water, wastewater and stormwater utility rates.
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