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Starlit memories

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Peace Harbor Hospice hosted its annual Light Up a Life celebration Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Florence Events Center. A number of hospice staff and volunteers spoke to the crowd who assembled to honor families and friends who have passed. The room was illuminated by a traditional Christmas tree decorated with stars bearing the names of the deceased and the
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City Lights hosts grand opening

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
City Lights Cinemas, the newly opened movie theater in Florence, will celebrate its official grand opening weekend, running Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 18 through 21, and offering a variety of special screenings, receptions and other events.
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FPD expands patrols over holidays

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon and the United States are participating in a nationwide effort to get impaired drivers off the street over the Christmas and New Year's holiday period, which runs through Jan. 5.
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Realtors pledge 25K for emergency room expansion

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
The brokers at Coldwell Banker Coast Real Estate recently announced their pledge of $25,000 to the PeaceHealth Foundation for the emergency room expansion fund.
PeaceHealth recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in its present location with a fundraising campaign to expand and enhance its emergency care department for decades to come.
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Rotary expands annual tradition

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
What began more than 50 years ago on the back of a flatbed truck parked on Highway 101 has definitely hit the big time.
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All is calm

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Predicted storms seemed to avoid Florence last week, after a daylong stream of warnings from the National Weather Service. The town saw a share of wind and rain: Winds up to 89 mph were measured up at Sea Lion Caves and a few around 40 in town, along with a couple of good deluges. A few trees and a lot
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District approves full-day kindergarten building

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Full-day kindergarten may be coming to Florence next year. During its regularly scheduled Dec. 10 meeting, the Siuslaw School Board voted 5-to-1 to spend up to $550,000 for a new, modular five-room early childhood center to be erected at the north end of the existing elementary school building.
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Expect traffic delays near Siuslaw bridge next week

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
A bridge maintenance project starts next week, on Monday, Dec. 15, and continues through Thursday, Dec. 18. Work will cause some daytime lane restrictions on Highway 101 near the Siuslaw River Bridge in Florence.
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Farewell Dr. Hodulik

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
Florence lost a thespian, a choir member, a humanitarian, a mentor and a popular doctor, when Dr. Mike Hodulik boarded a train for Wis-consin earlier this week. Hodulik is returning to the land of his youth to take a position with Bellin Health Care System in Green Bay after 23 years with PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center.
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Newport Coast Guard Station will remain open for another year

Posted: Friday, Dec 12th, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici announced Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard's air facility at Newport open through the coming year.
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Three offices destroyed in Pine Street fire

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue responded to an emergency call Sunday morning, Dec. 7, at 1932 Pine St. The call, which came in about 6:23 a.m., reported a fire in a commercial building about one block off Highway 101.
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River Cities Taxi ends one chapter, begins another

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
In 1986, when Clara and Max Kuhn decided to purchase the local taxi cab company, Josh Haring was just 5 years old. Now Haring and his wife Michele have been asked by the Kuhns to take over the growing River Cities Taxi business, the only such service in Florence.
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Oregon Pacific Bank founder A.J. Brauer retires

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
After 35 years of service and commitment to Oregon Pacific Bank, A.J. Brauer, M.D., has announced his retirement from the bank's board of directors. His last day will be Wednesday, Dec. 31.
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SHS grad Pearson completes NASA internship

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
Blair Pearson recently completed a summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
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Fire destroys office building---date correction

Modified: Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
A single-story building at 1932 Pine Street, about a block from Highway 101, was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, Dec. 7.
The building housed attorneys' offices -- for D. Ron Gerber and Scott Bailey -- and Emergence Therapies. At this point in the investigation, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue believe the fire started at Emergence.
Further details will be published
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Fire destroy office building

Posted: Monday, Dec 8th, 2014
A single-story building at 1932 Pine Street, about a block from Highway 101, was destroyed by fire Monday morning, Dec. 8.
The building housed attorneys' offices -- for D. Ron Gerber and Scott Bailey -- and Emergence Therapies. At this point in the investigation, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue believe the fire started at Emergence.
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On stage this weekend KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
Alan Campbell, right, as the "Knight Before Christmas," mistakenly enters a meeting of fairies during a scene in this year's production of the Holly Jolly Follies at the Florence Events Center. The community holiday variety show opened Friday evening and continues this weekend, with a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. show tonight and matinee tomorrow at 2 p.m.
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Navy vet Emil Alexander turns 100 Dec. 7

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
Emil Alexander's ship, the USS Neville, was in Puerto Rico in 1941. He and some fellow swabbies were getting ready to go ashore at noon to celebrate his 27th birthday. Shortly before noon all shore leaves were canceled. Pearl Harbor had just been attacked.
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Empty Bowls helps fill Florence Food Share needs

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
More than 100 guests attended the Empty Bowls artists' reception Thursday evening at the Florence Events Center (FEC). The reception was to thank artists who helped create more than 1,000 bowls and art pieces being sold this weekend to raise money for Florence Food Share's general operating expenses.
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Woman assaulted, child snatched in couple’s dispute

Posted: Friday, Dec 5th, 2014
MAPLETON -- A Mapleton man was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 3, after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and threatening their child.
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