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THE LAST CHAPTER

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
After 10 years, Read for the Need has turned its final page. The annual fundraiser, started by Siuslaw High School senior Taylor Graham when he was 7, has donated more than $60,000 to Florence Food Share.
According to Graham, now 17 years old, the idea "popped into his head" on his way home one day.
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Disposal of unused meds still available

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
The City of Florence shut down the used pharmaceutical drop box, located inside the Florence Justice Center, last fall due to abuse and suspected mass disposal of used needles by one or more health-related businesses.
Since that time, the city and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center have been unable to implement a viable alternative.
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Mapleton outdoor school tradition continues

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Anyone who ever said school was boring never attended the Mapleton School District outdoor school program, held earlier this month at Camp Lane, a 15-acre Lane County group camp facility located just off Highway 126 along the bank of the Siuslaw River, approximately eight miles east of Mapleton.
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POD PLAY

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Visitors to the 108th Rhododendron Festival last weekend received quite the surprise when a pod of about six orcas swam down the Siuslaw River. On Sunday afternoon, the killer whales swam past the Siuslaw River Bridge in Florence, looped around and went back toward the sea. There appeared to be four adults and two calves, all with the distinct markings
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Port rate increases shot down by board

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Port of Siuslaw commissioners declined to adopt two of four rate increase resolutions previously approved by the budget committee as part of the port's operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
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County sheriffs ensure peaceful Rhody Days

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) deputies conducted saturation patrols in the Florence area during the 108th annual Rhododendron Festival over the weekend.
Funding for these patrols was provided through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and Oregon Deptartment of Transportation through three grants totalling $20,000. This funding makes possible the LCSO's participation in state and national campaigns to reduce traffic crashes,
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Voters reject vehicle fee

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Many new faces will occupy local boards and commissions after Lane County announced Tuesday evening the results of the May 19 Special Election.
Lane County has 206,370 registered voters, but only about 35 percent cast ballots, with 71,717 received by the 8 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
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Rhody Fest Flair

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Thousands of people turned out for the many festivities going on during the 108th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence. Clockwise from top left, J. Johnson Tree Service wins the Grand Marshal award for its float; Siuslaw librarian Gayle Waiss goes green during the parade; the carnival ferris wheel spins in the night; spectators check out classic cars at the annual
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Rhody rocks!

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
After a weekend with more than 25,000 people in attendance, the 108th annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence has come to a close. People flocked to Old Town and the Port of Siuslaw to attend the festival's events.
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All the world’s a stage

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
City Lights Cinemas recently partnered with It's About Time Productions to put up the new Chaplin Stage in Theater 4. "An Evening of Music," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, will open the new stage with a performance by and fundraiser for Siuslaw High School's jazz band and DynaMics a capella group.
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Looking for election results?

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Readers looking for results from the May 19 Special Election will have to wait until Saturday's issue of the Siuslaw News to see them in print.
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Florence wins mayoral duathlon challenge

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
During Dunes City's third annual Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon, the competition was fierce. Of the eight teams running and biking in the sprint duathlon relay, two teams in particular were racing the clock and each other.
The whole rivalry began when Dunes City Mayor Rebeca Ruede invited Florence Mayor Joe Henry to form a team to compete in
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Rockin’ Rhody

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Festival-goers of all ages appear to be enjoying the sights, sounds and flavors of the 108th Annual Rhododendron Festival, which continues through the weekend. Airboat tours on the Siuslaw River (below) began Thursday and
are a new feature this year, while the carnival returned this week to the Port of Siuslaw (at left). On Friday, the ladies above showed
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City letter stresses water protection

Posted: Friday, May 15th, 2015
Area legislatures discussed the preservation of the Florence aquifer during the May 2 Town Hall and the May 4 Florence City Council meeting.
Sen. Arnie Roblan held the Town Hall to meet with local Democrats. He answered questions about the law process, funding, school budget and pesticide spraying, both locally and across Oregon.
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