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ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT YOUNGSTERS HOP TO IT

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
Hot on the trail of the Easter bunny dozens of youngsters joined the hunt Saturday at Miller Park, scurrying for eggs that yielded candy and prizes. The annual Easter Egg Hunt lasts only minutes while about 100 children and their parents descend on a field strewn with eggs, estimated at 4,000 to 5,000 in number, scooping them up and hoping
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Tree cleanup too drastic for park visitors

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
Visitors to Jessie M. Honeyman State Park will notice a lot of changes at the Cleawox Lake swimming area and lodge when they arrive this summer.
In fact, many recent visitors, especially locals who are familiar with the park, have been completely shocked by the changes.
Park staff and contractors have removed stands of what they claim were weak and
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Visitor fatally injured on North Jetty beach

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
A Eugene man was fatally injured Sunday during a visit with his family to a beach near Driftwood Shores Resort.
Ming Hsieh, 58, was sitting on the sand not far from the North Jetty, leaning against a log with his daughter and an elderly female family member. A wave came in quickly and knocked the female off the log and
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Annual Green Fair is Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
"Living green" is not just a catch phrase anymore. It's the direction more and more people are taking as the importance of protecting the environment stays in the forefront. Now "living green" means making changes to lifestyles -- changes that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
To further these efforts, the Siuslaw News, KCST Radio and the Florence Area Chamber of
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Financial donors sought for annual fireworks show

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is asking businesses, civic organizations and private citizens for donations to fund its annual Fourth of July Fireworks display. While primarily underwritten by the chamber of commerce, donations are needed to cover the anticipated $9,000 cost for this year's display.
"The Fourth of July is a special day for us to celebrate our
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FACC honors Community of Volunteers

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Florence Area Commu-nity Coalition (FACC) hosted its annual celebration of volunteers Wednes-day, April 16. The events center was filled with people representing just a few of the many agencies and organizations that support this community through their volunteer works.
Karen Earnshaw of FACC opened the informal ceremonies, while a slide show played at her side, featuring the various volunteer
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Police raid Westlake home

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Florence police, amid a multitude of law enforcement vehicles, closed off Pacific Avenue in the Westlake/Dunes City area Thursday morning, April 17, to secure the neighborhood while officers served a search warrant.
Florence police allege that residents at 04683 Pacific Ave. were in possession of firearms and were selling marijuana. The suspects, Ricky Watts and Jeremy Watts, are both
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Siuslaw School District budget outlook brighter

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Siuslaw School Board held its annual budget meeting as a part of a monthly board meeting at the Siuslaw Elementary School library April 9.
The mood was considerably more buoyant than previous years' budget meetings, when board members struggled with cutbacks in state and federal funding, as well as declining enrollment.
Three critical elements helped stabilize the
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Port Commissioner cited for land use violations

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Port of Siuslaw Commissioner and owner of Duman Inc., Terry Duman, has been cited by the City of Florence for clearing native vegetation from his property, located at the east intersect of Highway 126 and Redwood Street, without a vegetation clearing permit. The property abuts Munsel Creek, a Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) coho salmon hatchery waterway.
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Annual Rhododendron Festival sign-up dates draw near

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Parade applications for the 107th Annual Rhododendron Festival Grand Floral Parade are beginning to roll in for the Sunday, May 18, event that brings thousands of visitors to the Florence area every year.
This year's festival theme, "Not Our First Rhody-O!," signifies the long tradition this festival enjoys. The grand marshal is Dennis Foley and the Eugene Pro Rodeo.
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Library wins with obsolete technology

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
When Margaret Ann Thompson passed away in 2012, she left a substantial part of her legacy to the Siuslaw Public Library. Thompson was a computer science engineer working on the cutting edge of advances made in the 1980s. She carefully saved much of the equipment she helped develop during that decade.
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Two years later: Transformation of behavioral health services continues in Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
A public forum held in Florence in 2012 discussed potential changes in mental health service delivery. The main providers of care locally, PeaceHealth and Options Counseling, in addition to Lane County Behavioral Health Services, led the the discussion. Two years later, there is better access to care for most patients, but there is still room for improvement.
Since 2012,
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Local medical center recognized for patient safety

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
On Feb. 28, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission honored exemplary health care organizations at its third annual Patient Safety Breakfast.
The providers recognized were leading participants in Oregon's Patient Safety Reporting Program, a program supporting health care organizations that are dedicated to improving patient safety and promoting transparency when unintended harm happens to a patient as a result of medical
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Police chief finalists announced

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
The City of Florence has announced six finalists in the search for a new police chief.
Jacque Betz, city manager, said 31 applications for the position were received, and the quality of the applicants demonstrated how attractive the job of police chief and the town of Florence have become.
She added, "It was a national search that drew
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On the trail of the Easter bunny

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Following is a list of egg hunts planned in celebration of Easter this weekend.
Note, all the hunts are scheduled for Saturday, April 19.
Florence
The annual Florence Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. at the Miller Park open field.
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Ambulance district distributes life-saving equipment

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Western Lane Ambulance District is on a mission to stock public agencies and other sites with life-saving equipment.
Since 2000 WLAD has been distributing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to police officers and firefighters and in public places such as schools, the Florence Events Center and Central Lincoln PUD. They also are available for purchase by private businesses.
Henry Hanf,
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Siuslaw Bank celebrates Community Banking Month

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Banking locally makes an impact both at the micro and macro levels. Take for instance the fact that there are almost 7,000 community banks with more than 50,000 locations throughout the United States. Community banks, which are locally operated and many of them locally owned, constitute 96.8 percent of all banks with assets that may range from less than $10
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FACC to host annual volunteer recognition April 16

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The Florence Area Community Coalition (FACC) will host its annual celebration of volunteers in Florence. This year's theme is "A Community of Volunteers."
The event gives organizations and individuals a chance to publicly thank and honor those people in their groups and lives who unselfishly volunteer their services in various capacities around the community.
Any agency, organization or individual who
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Gone Fishin'

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Cleawox Lake, south of Florence at Honeyman State Park, proved to be a popular spot Wednesday afternoon for visitors who basked in the sunshine while trying to catch fish.
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