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Local News – Festival of Books, Siuslaw School Superintendent, Fire Danger

Tomorrow’s Festival at the FEC speaks volumes about Florence’s love of books…

No less than 17 local authors and a handful of local publishers will be featured at tomorrow’s Florence Festival of Books.

Connie Bradley is co-chair of the festival, along with Judy Fleagle. Bradley is the writer of two children’s books and has also published books by local author; Boomer Wright; as well as a volume by her 15-year old granddaughter, Carolyn Bradley.

Bob Serra has been publishing and writing for several years… most recently his publishing efforts of the Central Coast Telephone Book have branched out to include works by Judy Fleagle, Kathryn Damon-Dawson, and Dick Smith. His latest release is Bob Gilman’s hardcover book, “Bear Tales and Trapline Trails.”

The festival will feature more than 70 authors, including New York Times bestseller Teresa Rhyne. She’ll speak this evening at the Florence Events Center about her latest book “The Reluctant Optimist”.

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You’ll have to bring your own lunch, but Siuslaw Superintendent of Schools Ethel Angal will provide coffee and tea… and the cookies Tuesday from noon to one pm.

Angal was appointed to the position last month and will be making her first official ‘outreach’ to the community in what she says will be the first of several community conversations she anticipates.

Angal is interested in creating more of a connection between residents and schools; one way of doing that, she says, is by reaching out and listening to what people have to say.

The 34-year veteran of education says she wants to hear what people like about local schools; but she also wants to know what the district needs to work on.

Lunch with the superintendent is set for Tuesday, noon to one pm at the school district office on Oak Street.

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We’ve had plenty of rain this week… the entire Oregon Coast has. The Brookings area reportedly had nearly three inches of rain in a 24-hour period Tuesday; in Florence the total was just over an inch.

All that rain has lessened fire danger… if not completely eliminated it along the coastal strip of Oregon.

But, fire officials say, there is still a danger inland, particularly east of the Cascades.

The official fire season in Western Oregon… including the prohibition of all backyard burning outside Florence City Limits and certain industrial fire precautions… will extend through October 15th.

But, Siuslaw National Forest officials say they have lifted restrictions on campfires in the Siuslaw National Forest.

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