Local News – Bike to Work Month; 30th Street Ped Crossing Demolished; Primary Ballots Mailed; Tall Ships Visit Oregon Coast

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Proven Link between fitness and productivity

If you haven’t ridden your bicycle in a while, this month would be a good time to get it out, dust it off, and put a couple miles on it.  If you ride your bike every once in a while for recreation, Chris Wherity says why not ride it to work this month.

Chris Wherity — “Since the 1950s, May has been designated as Bike to Work Month.  And that’s through the American League of Wheelmen.”

Wherity, the Cardiac Care Manager for Peace Harbor Hospital says there’s a natural connection between riding a bicycle to work and productivity.

Chris Wherity – “A reduction in sick days, you know more activity at work, you know clarity of the mind, etc.  There’s just a lot of less stress involved with you being able to let off some steam before or after work or just being able to get some fresh air.”

Several area businesses have already signed up for the ‘Bike to Work’ challenge and there’s even a website set up where you can register your workplace or team and track your mileage.

Chris Wherity – “Bicycle Transportation Alliance dot com, Bicycle Transportation Alliance dot com.  And that’s where we’re actually going to be documenting your community mileage on and there’s lots of information on that site.”

Wherity says this is the fifth year of observing Bike to Work Month in Florence and it has grown each year.

Hit and Run, Reckless Driving and DUII Charges Filed

A 23-year old Florence woman is facing several charges including driving under the influence after demolishing a pedestrian crossing sign and warning light early Saturday morning.

Police say Tabatha J. Dollahite admitted to drinking and driving, as well as leaving the scene after her car ran over the crossing light at 30th Street on Highway 101.  Dollahite said she was driving north bound just after midnight Saturday morning.

The police report showed she was driving fast enough to hit the curb, strike two signs and the light pole, demolishing the front end of her car.  The impact also destroyed the light and left a 75-foot long oil slick in the highway.  Dollahite told police she fled the scene because she was afraid of getting in trouble.  They made contact with her Saturday evening and charged her.

Check Both Sides of Your Ballot

Mail in ballots for the May 15th Primary Election went out late last week.  Most of them have already shown up in mailboxes around Lane County.  Elections officials say along with the mailing they’ve opened up the ballot drop box sites for returns.  Or, you can put a stamp on it and mail it back.

Officials at Western Lane Ambulance District are asking voters in the Florence and Mapleton areas to be sure to check the back of your ballot.  Their local option tax levy… number 20-193… is on the reverse side of some of the ballots and could be missed easily.  Western Lane Ambulance is seeking approval of a five-year, $4.1-million operating levy.

Tall Ships

The Lady Washington and her companion Tall Ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain, will make a pair of port calls on the Oregon Coast over the next few weeks.  The two ships, owned and operated by the Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport, are expected to arrive in Coos Bay later this week where they’ll be open for tours.  Then, May 14th the pair will depart enroute for Newport where they’ll be on display from May 16th through the 28th.