Local News: Taste of Home; Siuslaw Auto Skills; Nurses Week; 126 Forum

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Florence to get a Taste of Home this evening…

Florence area residents can take in another edition of the Taste of Home Cooking Show this evening at the Florence Events Center when Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson brings the show back to town.  Larson enjoys coming back to Florence.

Kristi Larson – “You know, I’m trying to remember if it’s three or four, but it’s been a few and I love it.  It’s always a great time.”

She and several different area businesses have teamed up with the Siuslaw News to present the show.  The Doors open at 4:30.

Kristi Larson – “Look at all those booths and see what different businesses are participating in the show.  Everyone also receives a gift bag that has a couple Taste of Home magazines, there are samples of products and coupons inside that bag as well.”

Larson says you won’t want to miss a minute of it.

Kristi Larson – “We are giving away prizes constantly throughout the show so you have a chance to win fabulous prizes.  At the very end we give away all of the recipes that I’ve made.

She’ll prepare ten different recipes on stage, ranging from appetizers to desserts and from breakfast to dinner.  The show itself begins at 6:30.

National Nurses Week

There are many ways that America’s 3.1-million nurses work to improve and save lives each year.  Sue Scarberry, a Registered Nurse herself, and Vice President of Acute Care at Peace Harbor Hospital says Peace Harbor has a strong force of well trained and dedicated nurses that provide everything from routine care at the clinics to lifesaving efforts in the Emergency Department.  This week is National Nurses Week.  Peace Harbor will be recognizing and applauding its nursing staff all week long.

Ford/AAA Auto Skills

Twenty teen technicians representing ten Oregon high schools will be squaring off for bragging rights and scholarships this coming Friday in Gresham at Mount Hood Community College in the Ford-Triple-A Student Auto Skills competition.  Each team will have 90 minutes to correctly identify and repair a series of ‘bugs’ in identical 2012 Ford Fusions.  Once again, Siuslaw High School will have a team entered in the competition.  Instructor Harry Holton has been working with C.J. Rayson and Nick Vinina on how to quickly diagnose and repair their vehicle.  Jesse Wells will also make the trip as an alternate.

Highway 126 Forum in Elmira

Traffic congestion between the Elmira-Veneta-Noti area and Eugene has been steadily increasing and is expected to get even heavier over the next 20 years.  That’ll have an impact on the stretch of Highway 126 along Fern Ridge Reservoir.  This evening the Oregon Department of Transportation will be hosting the third of three public forums in Elmira aimed at getting public input on how best to accommodate that traffic growth.

Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Little says the forum, from six to 7:30 this evening at Elmira High School, will provide cost information on the top choices that were selected at a previous forum.  Participants will choose one or more preferred options that will then be forwarded to the Lane County Board of Commissioners and the Oregon Transportation Commission.