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Food Share Pounding Record-breaking giving

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015
Community rallies to provide more than $10,000
and nearly 9,000 pounds of food for Florence nonprofitThe 15th annual Pounding for Florence Food Share beat last year's record to raise 8,989 pounds of food in just four hours.
Hosted by Florence First Citizen Cindy Wobbe and sponsored by an anonymous donor, the event provided holiday staples and day-to-day food

Dunes City loses money on triathlon

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015
DUNES CITY -- Interim Dunes City Administrator Jamie Mills recently shared the final 2015 Oregon Dunes Triathlon/Duathlon statement of account with the city council at its Nov. 12 meeting: the bottom line was bright red.
Despite more than 250 paid registered participants, the city went into the hole by $2,065.

New childcare facility opens its doors

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015
Florence's newest childcare facility -- Early Learning Florence (ELF) -- opened last week at 2775 Highway 101, Suite C.
ELF president Rob Spooner said he does not consider ELF to be a preschool facility.

Bells will ring

Modified: Friday, Nov 20th, 2015
The Salvation Army will soon bring holiday cheer to locations in Florence, starting Thanksgiving Day. Geraldine Lucio and Old Town Barbershop hosted the Salvation Army's Kettle Kick-off Thursday.
Florence Mayor Joe Henry, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cal Applebee and Grocery Outlet owner Woody Woodbury joined local pilot Sam Spayd in supporting the effort to raise money


Posted: Friday, Nov 20th, 2015
Port of Siuslaw commissioners met in executive session Nov. 18 to select a new port manager from the three finalists they had chosen.
The process began in October with 10 people applying for the position. Six were selected to give PowerPoint presentations and answer a series of questions posed by the commissioners. Three finalists were selected, one of which

City finalizes Airport Advisory Committee

Posted: Friday, Nov 20th, 2015
Florence City Council approved an ordinance concerning residency requirements for the Airport Advisory Committee at its Nov. 16 meeting. Florence Mayor Joe Henry also named the members of the committee.
According to the staff report, "It became apparent that an expansion of the membership criteria for the committee was necessary to allow for maximum community involvement and to fit the

Ambulance, fire districts to share HR position

Posted: Friday, Nov 20th, 2015
Officially starting Tuesday, Dec. 1, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) finance and human resources manager Julie Brown will split her time equally between SVFR and Western Lane Ambulance District (WLAD).
The fire district and the ambulance district decided to share the human resource and finance position earlier this fall, when Fire Chief Jim Langborg said that he and WLAD

2 dead after dispute

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
Florence police respond to city's first murder in 23 years.
An early morning shooting that police are calling a murder-suicide left two brothers dead Sunday on Hemlock Street, just off Rhododendron Drive, in Florence.
"It is the first murder inside the city limits in 23 years," Florence Police Chief Tom Turner said.
The police department received a call at

School district to review facilities

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
Siuslaw School District Superinten-dent Ethel Angal is asking for community, parent and staff input on current and future district facilities needs tomorrow, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at the district office, 2111 Oak St.
"This is an exploratory meeting to help identify the next steps in our building planning," Angal said.

Packing in the pounds

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015
The annual Pounding for Florence Food Share, a holiday food drive, has been resurrected, according to founder Cindy Wobbe.
Wobbe, who matched donations pound for pound since starting the event in 2001, will return as host of the 15th annual event on Saturday, Nov. 21, even though last year was supposed to be its final year.

Applebee to retire from chamber

Modified: Friday, Nov 13th, 2015
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Executive Director Cal Applebee will retire in February after nearly five years.
Applebee, 64, moved with his wife to Florence in 2005.
"It's been a very rewarding experience and I've had a lot of fun," Applebee said. "I love the pace and the variety, but the reality is, as I've aged, I don't

Wave ’em proud

Posted: Friday, Nov 13th, 2015
Hundreds lined the streets of Old Town on Wednesday for the annual Veterans Day Parade in Florence.
"There is something really neat about the way this community celebrates Veterans Day. There is a lot of celebration for it, as there should be," said Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cal Applebee.
This year's Grand Marshals were Vietnam War veterans.

Sen. Roblan meets with port, city officials

Posted: Friday, Nov 13th, 2015
Oregon State Sen. Arnie Roblan (District 5) toured Port of Siuslaw facilities this week before meeting with Port of Siuslaw staff and port commissioner Nancy Rickard to discuss issues concerning coastal ports on the local, state and federal levels.

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