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National Guard convoy comes to Florence Sunday

Modified: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
Local emergency response teams join disaster response exercise.
Oregon National Guard units from Eugene will be convoying to Florence tomorrow to set up a simulated emergency response to a major Cascadia earthquake and subsequent tsunami at the Florence Events Center parking lot, 715 Quince St. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley

Pumpkin Party

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
KCST Coast Radio's
annual Original Great Pumpkin Giveaway delivered more than 2,000 pounds of pumpkins to local youth Thursday. Families braved the weather to receive one pumpkin per youth aged 17 and under. Volunteers from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Florence-Siuslaw Lions Club helped with the event, fed community members and kept the event going in the

1 Full Year

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
FRAA celebrates first anniversary in Old Town.
Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Old Town Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m..
The celebration is significant for a number of reasons, said FRAA Director Harlen Springer.
"We want to thank members, sponsors, our board and the

Principals Forum shares safety plans

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
Siuslaw School District and Florence Community PTA held a safety forum Tuesday night at Siuslaw Middle School.
Hosted by Florence Mayor Joe Henry, the panel of civic leaders at the public event included Police Chief Thomas Turner, School Superintendent Andy Grzeskowski, Middle School Principal Andy Marohl and Elementary School Principal Michael Harklerode.
The sparsely attended meeting was an attempt

Great Pumpkin Giveaway set for Thursday

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Since the very first KCST Great Pumpkin giveaway 27 years ago, the annual event has been a birthday party with a different sort of twist. Instead of bringing a birthday gift, people attending get something to take home: a pumpkin.
That was true in 1989 when KCST Radio General Manager Jon Thompson decided to give away hundreds of pumpkins to

City sends in Coast Guard City USA application

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
After three months of preparation, the City of Florence officially handed over its Coast Guard City USA application to Chief Boatswains Mate Tim Tregoning, officer in charge of U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River, and Coast Guard Auxiliarist Deborah Heldt Cordone during the Oct. 17 council meeting.
"This is a designation only given to a few cities in the

An eye to the future

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Community retrospective looks back at important activism in the Siuslaw region.
The Gallery Above Silver Lining Boutique on Highway 101 opened a retrospective of 25 years of social activism in Florence on Saturday.
The event highlighted, on a number of large panels with all types of information displayed, the different issues and controversies that have been part of the

Teapot without a tempest

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Florence dodged the first major storm of the fall season last week. The predicted heavy rains did show up, but without the predicted 60 to 80 miles per hour wind gusts that could have been disastrous.
According to city of Florence Public Works Director Mike Miller, one tree blew down blocking one lane of Rhododendron Drive early Monday morning, but

Volunteer organization speaks to Friends

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Representatives of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Eugene, (CASA), spoke at this month's Florence Friendship Club Oct.13 about the need in the Florence community for its services.
Director of Development and Communications for Lane County Katie Gatlin and Volunteer Coordinator Robben Lyons spoke to the club at Driftwood Shores and explained CASA's mission, training and support system.

Semper Paratus — Always Ready

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
Appreciation dinner honors Coast Guard's nearly 100 years on the Siuslaw River

In honor of its sustained relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River for the past 99 years, the City of Florence will soon apply for the prestigious Coast Guard City designation.
The proposal was made earlier this year, and, at that time, an appreciation

Siuslaw Valley conducts early morning rescue

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
A late evening beach walk took a dangerous turn as three transients attempted to return to their car through thick brush near Carl G. Washburne State Park around 1 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) Fire Marshall Sean Barrett said, "Our duty chief, Chief Jim Langborg, got a call from the dispatch center saying, ‘There is

Great Shakeout prepares region

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
The City of Florence, local organizations and individuals will practice "Duck, Cover and Hold" during the "Great Shakeout" earthquake preparedness drill at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20.
The worldwide drill, now in its eighth year, is held on the third Thursday in October.
City of Florence Project Manager Megan Messmer said, "Our Public Works Department has been participating for several

Principals Forum focuses on school safety Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
The Siuslaw School District is inviting all interested residents to attend a free Principals Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue of safety in area schools. The forum will be held in the Siuslaw Middle School commons, 2525 Oak St.
The forum is presented by the district and Florence Community PTA.
Siuslaw School

Fanning the flames of the FEC

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
Dancing with Sea Lions came to a close on Sat-urday, Oct. 8, as the Florence Events Center auctioned off the last of the 7-1/2-foot artist-created sea lions and burned its mortgage, all as part of its 20th anniversary celebration. Two Florence mayors and other dignitaries spoke during the event.
"We're celebrating 20 years because we survived 20 years.

Divers remove debris from Woahink

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
Members of the Eugene Dive Club recovered and removed more than 3,100 pounds of debris from the bottom of Lake Woahink on Saturday.
The effort is in support of Project Aware, a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service and diving organizations across the state.
According to Michael Hollingshead, owner of Eugene Skin Divers Supply, more than 30

Florence City Council approves 2 land deals

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
On Oct. 10, Florence Mayor Joe Henry and City Manager Erin Reynolds discussed how two real estate transactions approved during the Oct. 3 city council meeting would benefit the city.
According to Henry, the city held an economic summit in March 2015 to develop and expand economic growth in Florence. The summit identified three essential areas critical to economic development

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