Local News – Relay for Life; Old Town Wharf Rehab; DeFazio Town Halls

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Relay for Life Begins at Noon…

Entertainment of all sorts will grace the main stage at Miller Park today and tomorrow during the 24-hour American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  One of the big draws will be the music.  Entertainment coordinator Amy Clawson says one big feature will be on stage this evening… the finals for the first ever “Florence Got Talent!” competition.

Amy Clawson – “Friday night from seven to nine, we’ve got from seven to nine people in each category, you know, from one to 12, 13 to 18 and 19 and up.”

Before that will be Michael Tracy and the Hi-Tones… they’re on stage from five to six this evening, then tomorrow Clawson, along with some very special friends, will be on stage beginning at 11 AM

Amy Clawson – “We’re going to be closing the event, we’re going to be there at 11:00.  I’ve got Marty Adams gonna be backing me up and then an incredibly, incredibly talented young man by the name of Stephen Reiser.  A lot of people don’t remember Stephen and I think it’s about time we reintroduced Florence to Stephen.”

The human toll of cancer will be visibly demonstrated this evening beginning at nine pm during the very moving and powerful Luminaria ceremony.

It’s intended to be a lot of fun with music, magic, dancing, a movie and even a cow-pie contest.  But the main purpose behind the Relay for Life is the fight against cancer.  Last year’s relay raised approximately $80-thousand.  That money went to the American Cancer Society which used it for research, advocacy and support programs.  According to information provided by the ACS, nearly $6-million was granted to Oregon universities last year for cancer research.

Old Town Wharf Rehab

Florence Planning Commissioners will be asked to approve a conditional use permit for the Port of Siuslaw Tuesday night.  The permit will allow for a major renovation project on the Old Town Wharf that supports Mo’s and ICM Restaurants.  Port of Siuslaw Commissioners approved a $1.3-million construction contract with Legacy Contracting from Stayton, Oregon earlier this week to replace the understructure of the wharf.  Typically rebuilding an existing use would not trigger the conditional use permit process, but in this case, the Port was required to apply because they were increasing the “over-water” footprint of the 22-thousand-plus-square foot wharf by less than 200-square feet… an increase of less than one-percent.

DeFazio Town Hall Meetings

Fourth District Congressman Peter DeFazio will begin a two-day, six-city tour of town halls next Tuesday in Florence.  DeFazio will be at Siuslaw Public Library the 14th from 9:30 AM to 10:30.  He’ll be in Bandon at 12:30 that afternoon, then in Port Orford at 2:30.  He’s scheduled to be in Brookings first thing Wednesday morning, Gold Beach at noon that day and then wrap up his coastal swing at 5:15 Wednesday at the Coos Bay Public Library.  The 13 term Springfield Democrat is facing southern Oregon Republican Art Robinson for reelection on the November ballot.