Superintended Search Narrows to One; Home and Garden Show; Tsunami Maps; Umpqua Lighthouse Tours

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Tentative Selection Made in Superintendent Replacement

The search for a new executive to lead Siuslaw Schools in the coming years is nearing an end.  The school board met Wednesday night in a private session to discuss and deliberate which of the top three candidates they preferred.

Board Chair Paul Burns said they reached a consensus on a – quote – “clear number one”; but added they were not going to make any announcements until the March 13th board meeting.

That’s because they’re still negotiating with that person and, under the advice of the Oregon School Boards Association, they want to keep that information private until it is all finalized.

After sifting through 14 applicants earlier last month, the board selected three finalists.  Curtis Scholl is the current principal of Salem’s Sprague High School; Former Montana administrator Shawn Wiencek (wine-SECK) currently resides in Springfield; and Susan Follmer lives in Venezuela where she is the superintendent of a school district there.

The current Superintendent, Jeff Davis, is retiring in June after four years with Siuslaw.

FEC Stuffed for Home and Garden

Gourmet foods, acrylic bathtubs, vacuum cleaners and kitchen makeovers are among the things that will be stuffed into the Florence Events Center this weekend for the 17th annual Florence Home and Garden Show.

The doors are open from two to six today, then from ten to six tomorrow.  The show wraps up Sunday with an 11 to 3 run.

Show Director Jon Thompson says it’s the broadest lineup ever with 42 Vendors packed inside.

Admission is two-dollars per day, but a popular feature returns this year with “frugal four o’clock” on Saturday… for the final two hours tomorrow there is no cost to get in the door.

Tsunami Maps

A series of workshops over the next few weeks will give area residents a chance to review the recently completed tsunami inundation maps.  They were developed by the Oregon Department of Geology in conjunction with state and local emergency officials.

They show several different scenarios in relation to a variety of possible tsunami events resulting from a range of sources.  Of most

Interest to most residents is the “double-x” or most severe case that would be spawned by a near-shore earthquake in the Cascadia Subduction Fault.

The first public roll-out will be tomorrow at Dunes City Hall between ten AM and 2 PM.  It’s open to anyone who would like to attend.

Next weekend the West Lane Emergency Operations Group will explain the map during their monthly “Living on Shaky Ground” preparedness class.  Two different sessions will be offered.  Because space is limited, preregistration is required.

Oregon Emergency Management will bring its Tsunami Road Show to the Oregon Coast again between March 11th and 23rd.  They’ll be at Siuslaw Public Library March 19th.

Lighthouse Tours

Tours of the Umpqua Lighthouse will resume this weekend.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday this month volunteers will provide a brief tour of the 119-year old light.  The distinctive red lens is the only one of its kind.  Access to the lighthouse museum and parking are free; the tour itself is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children.  The Umpqua Lighthouse is just south of Winchester Bay and overlooks the Oregon Dunes as well as the Umpqua River entrance.