18th Home and Garden

27 February 2014

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18th Florence Home and Garden Show Set to Open

Custom wood products, hot tubs, wood stoves, skylights and dozens of vendors offering products and services for your home and garden will pack the Florence Events Center this weekend.

It’s the 18th annual Florence Home and Garden Show.

Show producer Jon Thompson said once again, Laurel Bay Gardens will design and present the show centerpiece; plus a new outdoor display to greet visitors.  Another new feature outside the show will be what Thompson calls “homes on wheels”.  That’s where Gibs RV will have a wide selection of recreational vehicles on display.

Inside the center will be pottery, statuary, jams and jellies, organic food and the cookware to prepare it with.

A complete listing of vendors and products can be found at kcst-dot-com.  The doors open at two o’clock tomorrow afternoon… the show runs through Sunday.

County Administrator Job Offer

A County Manager in Nevada could become the next administrator in Lane County… if he accepts the job offer.

Lane County Commissioners voted 4-1 yesterday to offer the position to Steve Mokrohisky that has been vacant since they unanimously fired Liane Richardson last year.

The one holdout on offering the job was Springfield Commissioner Sid Leiken who told the Register Guard his opposition was not to Mokrohisky, but to the speed of the process.

Mokrohisky is the County Manager for Douglas County, Nevada.  It has a population of about 47-thousand; is just south of Carson City and east of Sacramento.

Salary figures were not announced, but the original job offering listed pay in the range of 150-to-175-thousand dollars.

Governor Expected to Sign Mascots Bill

He already vetoed a similar proposal, but this time it appears as if Governor John Kitzhaber is prepared to sign a bill that would allow schools with Native American mascots to work with tribal representatives and perhaps keep them.

A statewide ban on school use of the mascots is set to take effect in 2017, but some state lawmakers want school districts to have an opportunity to keep them… with tribal permission.

Under the bill, approved by the Oregon House this week, the state Board of Education would write guidelines for agreements between schools and tribes over mascots.  That’s a compromise that Kitzhaber has said he supports.  The previous version of the bill that he vetoed did not require the Board of Education to get involved.

The Senate earlier approved the bill meaning the only stop remaining is the Governor’s desk.

Disaster Dave has left the building.

Local emergency response personnel have all said their goodbyes and say the void left by the departure of Dave Davis will be hard to fill.

Davis has been actively involved with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and the Community Emergency Response Team… or CERT… for more than 17 years in Florence.

He had already retired and was living in Florentine Estates in 1997 when he got involved in a “security watch” program in the community.  The roots of that group eventually grew into the local CERT program… hailed by many in the state as one of the best in Oregon.

Davis and his wife, Sharon, recently decided to return to Reno, Nevada but Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Marvin Tipler says Davis’ “legacy lives on”.