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Dr. Holmes goes to Ecuador

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
It was a tiny ad in the back of a dental journal that caught Dr. Brian Holmes attention in 2011. He still has the ad. It was by an obscure non-profit organization called the Tandana Foundation, located in Ohio. It was seeking volunteer dentists to launch a dental program in Ecuador while on a "health care vacation."
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Holiday events light up Old Town this weekend

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Three fun events are scheduled in Historic Old Town and the Antiques District this weekend, beginning with champagne and shopping on Friday and the tree lighting and the wreath auction on Saturday. All are sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Mon Ami hosts 14th annual pounding for Food Share

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
Mon Ami Gourmet Deli and Antiques will host its annual old-fashioned Pounding to benefit Florence Food Share on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grocery Outlet in Florence.
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Dunes City council ponders new countywide tax proposal

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 18th, 2014
DUNES CITY -- During its regularly scheduled Nov. 13 meeting, the Dunes City Council heard Western Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich and two Lane County administrators pitch a county proposal to implement an annual $35 vehicle registration fee to cover a projected $9 million road maintenance shortfall.
Lane County representatives plan to make the same presentation to every city in
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Hanging on, letting go

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
A week to the day after the tragic auto accident that injured three Mapleton students and claimed the lives of MHS freshman Weston Bowman and senior Abby Boydston, friends and family gathered to remember and celebrate their lives by writing messages on balloons and then letting them go.
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Sheriff, OSP increase patrols on Highway 126

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
The Lane County Sheriff's Office is coordinating with Oregon State Police to decrease motor vehicle accidents on Highway 126 between Eugene and the coast.
Additional patrols will be out on Highway 126 reminding motorists to slow down and drive safely. The sheriff's office is funding additional patrols with a grant administered by the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.
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Free Lunch Program in jeopardy of closing

Posted: Friday, Nov 14th, 2014
The Community Free Lunch Program is in jeopardy of closing due to a lack of volunteers to help prepare and serve the hot soup lunches.
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WE HONOR OUR VETS

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Good crowd, good weather and a record-number of entries typified this year's Veterans Parade, which started at the Florence Events Center and ended on Bay Street in Old Town at the Veterans Memorial Park. More photos from the event are featured on page B1, with more to come on www.TheSiuslawNews.com.
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Masonic Lodge is new emergency cold weather shelter

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
On Nov. 4, the Florence Masonic Lodge voted unanimously to allow their facility, located at 84910 Highway 101, to be the emergency cold weather shelter for Florence-area homeless people.
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Bomb set off near 23rd Street

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
Florence Police officers found a homemade bomb Friday night, Nov. 7, after responding to a report of an explosion.
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Nominations open for Siuslaw Awards

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
The eighth annual Siuslaw Awards event is fast approaching. The awards banquet, sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Jan. 21 at the Florence Events Center. This prestigious event recognizes excellence in the local business community by naming recipients for awards in Excellence in Customer Service, Curb Appeal, Non-Profit Achievement, Community Caring and the Stu Johnston
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A remembrance: The whale that fell from the sky

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 11th, 2014
The story of Oregon's "exploding whale" has acquired a life of its own in the 44 years since the event took place in the fall of 1970 on a coastal beach in Florence. At least two lengthy accounts have been written as well as several shorter essays, which often took the form of amusing newspaper articles marking the anniversary of
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2 Mapleton students die, 3 injured in single-vehicle accident

Posted: Friday, Nov 7th, 2014
Five Mapleton-area residents were involved in a tragic accident on Highway 126 Thursday morning.
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Hospice offers Vet-to-Vet program

Posted: Friday, Nov 7th, 2014
For Ron Preisler, the opportunity to spend time with the men and women who have served our country in their final days is an honor and a privilege. To that end, Preisler, a veteran himself and longtime hospice volunteer, is one of the people Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Donna Becker turns to when a veteran comes into the hospice service.
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2014 results

Posted: Friday, Nov 7th, 2014
The state of Oregon stands fairly unique in the country after the 2014 mid-term elections in that the Democratic party has gained more seats in its Congress. The results of this election will not be final for a couple more weeks, but so far the state's liberal tendencies shine through in the reelection of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Rep. Peter
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Canadian bicyclist lost in woods

Posted: Friday, Nov 7th, 2014
On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Lane County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing woman near Carl Washburne State Park, north of Florence.
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Annual vets parade is Tuesday, Nov. 11

Posted: Friday, Nov 7th, 2014
The community is invited to honor the service and sacrifice of all active duty and military veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, starting at 1 p.m.
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