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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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Karen Lyn, family advocate, dies of leukemia

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Karen C. Lyn, formerly executive director of Florence Food Share for about 16 years, died Sunday morning, April 6, of acute leukemia. She was 62.
Lyn moved to Florence in 1992 and was appointed to the leadership position at Food Share in 1998. She was known to be passionately dedicated to eradicating hunger in this community. By 2012, Food
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WILD CHERRY FLAVORED

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Flowering cherry trees in bloom throughout Florence insist that spring has truly arrived. Weather forecasts say the sun will stick around all week.
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Hosts needed for Japanese youth

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Local families are being asked to host children from Japan through States' 4-H International exchange program.
This summer, 37 students will arrive in Oregon through the program. Coordinators are organized in each county.
Coordinator for Lane County is Lauren Hesse of Mapleton, who said she is recruiting families to host Japanese youth delegates for four weeks, from mid-July
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CROW takes audiences ‘under the sea’

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
Will Prince Eric kiss the girl and break the evil spell placed upon her by the wicked sea witch, Ursula? This Friday through Sunday, April 11-13, more than 50 youngsters will sing, dance and act in Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr." presented by CROW (Children's Repertory of Oregon Workshops).
For curious folks, the "Jr." in the title simply means
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Late-night crash kills cow; driver OK

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
On April 7 at approximately 11:45 p.m., a motor vehicle driven by Nicholas Beaulieu, 35, of Reedsport, struck and killed a cow on Highway 126 at milepost 7.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) and Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to the accident. According to OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings, Beaulieu was westbound on Highway 126 when he
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Pinwheels at Three Rivers promote Child Abuse Prevention

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
More than 1,000 flashing metallic blue and silver pinwheels will be spinning at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel during the month of April to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Twenty youngsters from the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County helped finish the "planting" of the symbolic pinwheels along the main entrance turnaround at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel.
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Promotions in place at Siuslaw News and News Media

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Three changes in management at the Siuslaw News were made last week, meaning three promotions for key staff.
News Media Corporation has named Siuslaw News Publisher John Bartlett as division manager for several offices and plants on the West Coast. Bartlett, who is 61, maintains the position of publisher for Siuslaw News and will also lead 11 publications in
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Rhody princes and princesses visit Regency

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Some of the duties of members of the annual Rhododendron Festival Court are to act as local ambassadors. On April 2, Rhody Court princesses and princes visited residents at the Regency on 21st Street. In recent months, they have visited Kiwanis Club, Elderberry Square and Shorewood, among others. Participating in Wednesday's visits were, front row, Ashlyn Hart, Kiana Moody, Lizbeth
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DeFazio pushes to reform fed loans to fishermen

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, Sen. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, pushed for bipartisan legislation that would save West Coast fishermen millions of dollars by refinancing unfair, expensive federal loans. HR 2646, the REFI Pacific Act, is sponsored by Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Jared Huffman (D-CA). DeFazio is an original co-sponsor
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SHS principal leaving for superintendent position

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
In his third year as Siuslaw High School principal, Matt Henry has accepted a position as superintendent of schools in Gervais, Ore., in the Central Willamette Valley. Selected from a field of 30 applicants, Henry begins his new job July 1.
Originally hired as vice principal in 2007, Henry held that position for three years. He then served one
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Missing state hospital patient found in Corvallis

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
The Oregon State Hospital (OSH) psychiatric patient missing since March 29 is back in custody and care of OSH staff.
On Sunday, March 30, Gregory A. Page, 60, was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis after medics responded to a call at a park. Page initially provided a false name but was later suspected by a
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Wiencek ends temporary leave

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Siuslaw School District Superintendent Shawn Wiencek returned to work Monday, March 31, following a temporary leave of absence, during which Special Programs Director Ethel Angal served as acting superintendent.
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Surfrider Spring Estuary Cleanup today

Posted: Friday, Apr 4th, 2014
Today, April 5, from 10 a.m to noon, the Siuslaw Chapter of the Oregon Surfrider Foundation is hosting its annual Spring Estuary Cleanup. To participate, meet at the Port of Siuslaw boat ramp next to Bridgeport Market or check in at the Mapleton location at the Caffeination Station.
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