Matt Henry Leaving Siuslaw High School

3 April 2014

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High School Principal Moving On

The community of Gervais, midway between Salem and Woodburn in the northern Willamette Valley, will have a new superintendent of schools this summer.

Matt Henry will take over the administration of the Gervais School District in July.  He’s been principal at Siuslaw High School since 2010.

Henry was selected from a field of 30 applicants according to Gervais School Board Chair Brent LaFollette who said Henry was the candidate with the “experience and leadership skills” they had identified.

Henry, and his wife Karen, will be returning to the area they both called home when they were younger.  The two met while working summers in college at the nearby Birdseye Cannery in Woodburn.

He has been at Siuslaw High School for nine years; the first three as Vice-Principal.

Henry has been credited as being a driving force in creating and offering more advanced placement classes for students in Florence.

Greener Florence Awards

City officials are looking to recognize businesses and organizations that have less of an impact on the environment.  Nominations are being accepted at Florence City Hall through April 14th for the annual “Greener Florence” awards.

Groups or businesses that regularly take steps to reduce, reuse, recycle or compost their waste will be recognized.

Winners will be presented to the City Council later this month.

Nomination forms are on the city’s website under the “Business” tab, then click on forms.

Shakespeare By the Sea

The Lane Community College Theater Department will wrap up their presentation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at the main campus Saturday, April 26th.  Ordinarily they would hold a “wrap party” that evening and celebrate.

Instead, says Theater Director Brian Haimbach (HYME-bock), they’ll strike the set, load it on trucks and drive to Florence where they’ll present one final performance Sunday afternoon, April 27th.

Haimbach said the idea came from the Dean of the Florence Campus.

Brian Haimbach – “I was approached by Mary Jean Kuhar; said hey, have you ever thought about this?  And I started thinking about it and then I went down for a meeting and saw how great the space was.  It just seemed like such a great idea to bring Shakespeare to the community.”

Haimbach and Kuhar are hoping this won’t be just a one-time presentation; and that the Florence Events Center might become a regular venue for LCC Theatrical productions.  Tickets for the show are only $15 and are available at the FEC box office.

Waste Transfer Sites On Summer Hours

Lane County Waste Management sites have switched to summer hours.  That means the Florence Transfer Site off Rhododendron Drive will be open Monday through Saturday from eight AM to six PM.

The Mapleton Site will be open the same hours on Saturdays and the Swisshome transfer station will be open on Fridays and Saturdays.