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Rock haven

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Youth help with upkeep of labyrinth, meditation garden at St. Andrew's
Kylee Williams, who lives on 18th Street in Florence, liked the meditation garden and labyrinth at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church so much that she brought her mother, Marie, and her older sister, Aubree, to see it.
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Body found in woods

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
Florence Police Department (FPD) received a report on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1:11 p.m., of a deceased subject found in a wooded area north of Sandpines Golf Links.
According to FPD Lt. John Pitcher, local residents discovered the body while hunting mushrooms in the woods.
The victim is an adult male and, according to police, appears to have been in
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Mindpower Gallery

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 1st, 2015
At a glance: The philosophy behind Mindpower Gallery is to keep creative minds working. The gallery and frame shop has been in business for over 25 years. In an effort to keep things exciting in a depressed economy, the owners started getting creative with ideas to generate new traffic to a downtown that has suffered since the timber industry left
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Florence refinances urban renewal

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Florence City Council approved a resolution this week to enter into a financing agreement with Banner Bank in the amount of $7.8 million to provide funds for refinancing Florence Urban Renewal Agency (FURA) debt, constructing a public works facility and implementing street and water-system improvements.
The council first considered the resolution on Aug. 3, but held a special meeting
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New Bronc riders

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
Logging and fishing are integral components to the founding and history of Florence. A little known part of that history, the Log Bronc, is now on display near the Port of Siuslaw boardwalk.
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Doors open at new full-day kindergarten

Posted: Friday, Aug 28th, 2015
For the very first time, the five-room modular full-day kindergarten building and an estimated 100 kindergarten students will share a common experience: the first day of school.
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Central Lincoln upgrades continue

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
Central Lincoln PUD crews have been hard at work modifying lines and adding power poles along Highway 101 in Florence this summer.
Chief Engineer Bruce Lovelin presented an update on the construction to the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce during its Aug. 20 Noon Forum.
"We're embarking on a really interesting project. For an engineer, a lot of this is
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When tragedy strikes, count on them

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center staged a mock mass-casualty drill Aug. 19 at Siuslaw High School as part of its requirement to provide one drill each year.
This year, the medical center chose a disaster drill that could include the whole community.
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Quakers alive and well in Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
The small gathering of Florence Quakers, also known as Friends, meet quietly in each other's homes and silently wait for spiritual guidance on Sundays. The group ranges from three to six members and is part of the unprogrammed branch of the Quaker faith.
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Coos History Museum

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 25th, 2015
At a glance: The Coos History Museum and Maritime Collection is a beautiful new hub of activity for cultural events, an important education and research facility and a host location for community events.
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Bronco roundup

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Northwest Bronco Roundup gathers 172 Broncos,
donates 3,832 pounds of food for local charity

What happens when a group of people get together to celebrate a common interest? History. Now in its fifth year in Florence, the Northwest Bronco Roundup (NWBR) brings together connoisseurs of 1966 to 1977 Ford Broncos.

According to event organizer Tom Dummer, the
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Fire board elects new president

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
At its regular meeting Aug. 19, the Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) Board of Directors returned to business as usual after last month's dismissal and reinstatement of Fire Chief Jim Langborg. Part of that included solidifying leadership within the board.
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Mapleton gears up for school year

Posted: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Mapleton School District registration is Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Kindergarten students and new elementary students can register at the elementary school office during those hours.
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Dunes City ponders PERS requirements

Modified: Friday, Aug 21st, 2015
Concern was raised during the Aug. 13 Dunes City Council meeting regarding the state's requirement that all Dunes City full and part-time employees now must be paid Public Employee Retirement Services (PERS) benefits.
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