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‘Write what you know’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Sixth annual Florence Festival of Books features Phillip Margolin, dozens of regional authors.

Eighty-five authors converged on the Florence Events Center Saturday to promote their prose as part of the two-day Florence Festival of Books, now in its sixth year. Hundreds of book-lovers browsed and kibitzed with local, regional and nationally-recognized writers. Ten publishers also were at the Saturday
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Boys and Girls Club membership grows

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
From struggling to open its doors last September to enrolling more than 100 members at the start of this school year, the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County elementary and Teen Center programs are targeting the needs of members and the community.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Chuck Trent said, "We are doing everything we can to
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LCC still negotiating new classified staff contract

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Lane Community College (LCC) and Lane Community College Employee Federation (LCCEF), the union representing the college's classified staff, failed to reach an agreement on a new contract during a mediation meeting held Sept. 21.
Classified staff are non-certified employees, not full-time teaching staff.
LCC and LCCEF plan to meet again on Oct. 3 to continue talks.
According to a
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Marching on

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
Boys and Girls Club launches fall programs.
More than 115 students have enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County fall sports, cheerleading and drum corps programs.
The club's tackle football program has a roster of 30 fifth- and sixth-graders, five more players than last year.
The first of five home games will be played Saturday,
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Day of Caring comes to the coast

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
United Way volunteers from the Eugene and Springfield area descended on Florence and Mapleton, Thursday, Sept. 22 as part of the county wide Day of Caring, sponsored by the Lane County chapter of United Way.
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‘Always Ready to Rhody’

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
On Thursday, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce appointed U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River as the grand marshals for the 2017 Rhododendron Festival in May.
"We're excited to make this announcement," Chamber President Jenna Bartlett said. "We'll be celebrating both the 100th anniversary of the Coast Guard's service to the area as well as the 110th annual Rhody Days."
Since
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Habitat for Humanity seeks help for troubled neighborhood

Posted: Friday, Sep 23rd, 2016
During the Sept. 19 Florence City Council meeting, councilors heard a report from Habitat for Humanity and received a bid update by Mike Miller on the Rhododendron Drive improvements. Mayor Joe Henry also read a proclamation naming October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Habitat Neighborhood Revitaliz-
ation Manager Ken Gaylord talked about the issues Habitat was having with the Keener
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Ms. Nicani returns to sea after running aground

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
Florence-based tuna boat re-floated after 2 days aground on North Jetty Beach.
The sight of a large fishing boat grounded on the beach drew spectators to Heceta Beach near the Siuslaw River North Jetty over the weekend.
The 50-foot commercial fishing vessel Ms. Nicani ran aground early Saturday morning at Heceta Beach between the North Jetty and Driftwood Shores Resort,
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Clear Lake home destroyed in fire

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On Saturday, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue responded to last week's fourth large-scale fire in the area, this time on Clear Lake Road.
Fire Marshal Sean Barrett said the fire began Sept. 17 in the garage at 83990 Clear Lake Road. Owner Mike DeRego was home at the time and reported it to dispatch at 4:42 p.m.
Siuslaw Valley
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‘The book was better’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
"The whole point of Florence Festival of Books is to celebrate the written word," said event organizer Judy Fleegle.
That especially means printed books -- hundreds of them -- that will be on display for purchase and signing at the sixth annual Festival of Books this Friday and Saturday at Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
Friday, Sept. 23,
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Down and derby

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Boy Scout Troup 721 of Florence sponsored the Pinewood Derby Sept. 10 in Old Town, as part of the ninth annual Rods 'n' Rhodies festivities. The popular Boy Scout event, started in 1953, begins with scouts and family members creating small racers out of pine wood blocks. Dozens of contestants vied for the top honors in this year's race. Proceeds
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School district water gets an A

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
During the Sept. 14 Siuslaw School District board meeting, District Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak told the board that 20 additional district drinking water sources have been tested for lead and all came back well below the federally mandated minimum level of 20 parts per billion (ppb).
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Siuslaw Valley focuses on training

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue added a full-time training captain for fiscal year 2016-17 in an effort to bring more focus to the training and retention of firefighter volunteers.
The district also received a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recruit and train volunteers in the whole region.
Siuslaw Valley hired Jeff Larson as the new full-time
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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Day of remembrance.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Grimshaw Post 3232 held its annual POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on Bay Street Friday. During the ceremony, attended by more than 60 people, VFW members explained the symbolism of the Missing Man Table (right) and the elements of the MIA/POW flag. From the beginning of World War II
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Watershed Council to celebrate Siuslaw salmon on Sunday

Modified: Friday, Sep 16th, 2016
Annual salmon dinner, silent auction begin at Florence Events Center at 5 p.m.

Siuslaw Watershed Council (SWC) will hold the annual Celebrate Siuslaw Salmon fundraiser dinner and auction tomorrow at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. Doors open at 5 p.m.
According to SWC Secretary Tom Burke, this is the council's largest fundraising event of the year.
"This
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