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Military museum honors the past

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
ec. 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy," or so President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) declared 75 years ago after the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese planes targeted American naval forces, killing 2,403 and wounding 1,178 Americans and launching the United States into World War II.
Today, on its 75th anniversary, people across the
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Pearl Harbor vet remembers day

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
Alan Tait was 18 years old when, in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, the day he had been training for began with the sound of Japanses planes on the horizon near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Within minutes, the once quiet Naval harbor was transformed into one with thick smoke, fire and chaos as the unexpected attack played out
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Emergency Cold Weather Shelter opens

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
Freezing temperatures and inclement weather heralded the opening of the Florence area Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (ECWS) Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Highway 101.
On Monday, more than a dozen guests took advantage of the shelter's services. It was not known at press time how many guests used the facility Tuesday evening.
For
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Mudslide victimís family files wrongful death lawsuit

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2016
It will have been a year ago next week since the tragic death of 70-year-old Delores Miller, who was killed Dec. 18, when a massive mud slide swept into her home on Mercer Lake Road.
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Community comes together in wake of studentís death

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Mapleton High School freshman Brandon Kimble died Thursday.

It's a sobering fact that, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between ages 10 and 34 in the state of Oregon.
It isn't a statistic limited to large cities, urban areas, the wealthy or poor. And early Thursday morning,
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Filling up Empty Bowls

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Annual event helps fill Florence Food Share pantry
More than 700 hand-crafted bowls and ceramic ware are for sale through Sunday at the Florence Events Center during the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Now in its 21st year, Empty Bowls dedicates all proceeds to Florence Food Share. Local artists and more than 75 Siuslaw High School students created the handmade bowls.
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Chamber adds fourth underwriter

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce now has a fourth corporate underwriter in Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center.
Chamber Executive Dir-
ector Bettina Hannigan began pursuing additional corporate sponsorship earlier this year during annual chamber membership renewals. TR Hunter Real Estate became a new underwriter in August and Korando Dental Group became one in September, joining longtime underwriter Three
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Oregon homeless student numbers increase

Posted: Friday, Dec 2nd, 2016
A newly released report from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides unsettling new data regarding the number of homeless K-12 students in local communities.
The new numbers, verified by Siuslaw School District Super-
intendent Andy Grzeskowiak, state that 61 students in the Siuslaw district currently self identify as homeless.
The study also shows that the Mapleton School
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Santa Claus ó heís coming to town!

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
A wet but enthusiastic crowd greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus in Florence's Old Town on Saturday, Nov. 26, to usher in the winter holiday season at the Florence Holiday Festival.
Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Nancy Pearson said the afternoon was well received by those in attendance.
"Other than the rain, the festival was a great success. There were tons
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International Paper sells Gardiner property

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Water rights agreement concerns Siltcoos, Tahkenitch lake residents.
In addition to purchasing 427 acres zoned heavy industrial from International Paper Company (IP) in Gardiner, Tacoma based Industrial Harbor USA, LLC. (IH) also acquired the rights to 15 million gallons of water per day as part of the $3.3 million deal that closed Monday, Nov. 21.
The Gardiner site is the
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Casino helps deliver holiday gifts to Florence youth

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Three Rivers Casino Resort Consumer Marketing Dir-ector Rich Colton wants the community to know about and participate in the casino's 13th annual Toy Drive, which is happening right now.
"It's amazing that we have been doing this for 13 years," Colton said. "Basically, you bring an unwrapped toy into the casino for donation and you will receive $5 of free
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Helping the beat go on

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
New Boys and Girls Club Drum Corps "The Tsunami" seeks uniforms.
he Boys and Girls club of Western Lane County celebrated the success of its fledgling Drum Corps at an award banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Drum Corps is a recent addition to the club's programs -- added to offer alternatives from more traditional sports-oriented activities, according to Teen
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Grateful community gathers together

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Local organizations gather to provide food and fellowship to
hundreds of community members over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Volunteers from local Kiwanis and Elks Clubs served meals to hundreds of community members during a free Thanksgiving Day feast Thursday.

Helping Hands volunteers cooked and served an early Thanksgiving dinner, including homemade pies, to approximately 60 guests Wednesday at
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Florence moves forward into second half of fiscal year

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Florence City Council approved more than $125,000 in expenditures during the Nov. 21 meeting.
The council approved an $87,422 contract proposal from RH2 Engineering Inc., with Oregon offices in Portland and Medford, to do engineering and design services for water and wastewater improvements along recently annexed city property along Highway 126.
Ray Wells, Inc., was awarded a $39,050 contract
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Florence joins Amazon Sunday deliveries

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
An agreement between Amazon.com, Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service means Florence area residents may now receive Sunday Amazon package deliveries.
The service, which began Nov. 6, will run through Jan. 9, 2017.
Amazon started the Sunday delivery program with the postal service in metropolitan areas across the country in 2013. The expansion into smaller towns, like Florence,
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