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Third Annual Green Fair Set for Saturday

Being ‘green’ is much more than just separating the recyclables out of your household garbage.  It’s actually a pretty broad term that can cover anything from riding your bike to work instead of driving; eating fresh, local and sustainable produce; and giving the birds in your yard a nice home made from ‘found’ materials.

Saturday, from ten am to four pm at the Florence Events Center there will be more than three-dozen exhibits and displays covering a wide variety of topics that can ease your impact on the environment.  It’s the third annual Florence Green Fair.

There will be several products and services with a ‘green’ slant on display.  Demonstrations and displays aimed at reducing your footprint on the earth will be presented… many with the aim of not only making you more sustainable, but saving you money as well.

John Bartlett, Publisher of the Siuslaw News and one of the hosts of the Green Fair, says one highlight will be a 30-by-60 greenhouse constructed inside the center where you can have lunch.  There’ll be live music and a series of short films will also be presented in the theater.  It’s free and, the first 500 entrants will go home with a three-pack of energy efficient lightbulbs.

Get Healthy Before Going Green

Before you go green on Saturday you can get healthy tomorrow.  The third annual community Health and Wellness Fair will present a wide variety of traditional, holistic and alternative health care options at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel from ten to three tomorrow.  There’ll be healthy cooking demonstrations, weight loss and control tips, a licensed massage therapist and even a “teddy bear hospital” where youngsters can bring dolls or teddy bears for a ‘checkup’.

Oregon Congressman Tabbed for House-Senate Conference Committee

Fourth District Congressman Peter De Fazio says he’s pleased the U.S. House has “broken through its dysfunction” and named a panel of Representatives to work with a Senate panel on reconciling two versions of a long-term surface transportation bill.  Differences between the two need to be worked out.  Included in the package… on both sides… is a provision extending county timber payments for one year.  That would provide more than $100-million to be divided between Oregon Counties and would partially back-fill revenue shortfalls.

More Halibut

The first of Oregon’s eagerly-awaited Pacific Halibut seasons open next Tuesday.  This year anglers can look forward to more fishing days thanks to a nine-percent increase in this year’s quota to just under 12-thousand pounds.  Halibut fishing will be allowed Thursday through Saturday in most areas between May First and July 15th, or until 95-hundred pounds are landed.  The final amount will be open for fishing three days a week between August Third and September 30th.