Storms systems split, sending rain and wind north and south; ASPIRE to make it happen; Great Pumpkin and Scare-CROW

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Storm?  No Storm…

There were more than a few area residents expressing disappointment about the outcome of what was forecast as a powerful storm coming our way over the weekend.

Those storms, overnight Thursday and then again Saturday, were both “near misses”… at least as far as local impact was concerned.  Both storms delivered plenty of rain.  Well over six inches were recorded between Friday and early this morning.

But, the winds were nowhere near as high as feared.  40-mile-an-hour gusts were recorded in various locations around Florence.  At Sea Lion Caves they were closer to 60-miles an hour.

The greatest impact of the storms were felt to the south, where heavy winds and lots of rain pummeled Northern California.  To the north, north and inland there were lots of flooded streets and downed trees.

Friday morning, a tornado touched down in Manzanita on the northern Oregon Coast, damaging or destroying 128 homes.  Surprisingly:  nobody was injured.

ASPIRE to Make it Happen

Area high school juniors and seniors will have a chance to help pay for college tomorrow night during a two-hour “make it happen” scholarship application information session at Siuslaw High School.

The Western Lane Community Foundation has teamed up with volunteers and counselors at Siuslaw and Mapleton High Schools to help with some of the paperwork associated with applying for financial aid.

Prospective college students and their families will get assistance in filling out the federal financial aid forms, as well as information about how to apply for scholarships.

One very useful tool that will be distributed tomorrow night:  Each student will receive a free USB “thumb” drive with local scholarship applications and details.

That’s Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Siuslaw High School.

Great Pumpkin Giveaway

Coming up later this week it is the 28th annual Original Coast Radio Great Pumpkin Giveaway, presented by Florence True Value.

The event has occurred annual since 1989 when the first Great Pumpkin was held to observe the anniversary of KCST going on the air November 1st, 1988.

This year it will again by at Old School Furniture on Sixth Street at Highway 101.

From three to five Thursday there will be free hot dogs and root beer, along with plenty of treats for the kids.  Free pumpkins will be distributed to every kid under 18 while they last, beginning at 4 o’clock sharp.


It’s still more than ten days away, but the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop… better known as CROW… will be opening their annual haunted maze at the CROW Center for the Performing Arts.

It’s being billed as “not for little kids”, CROW artistic Director Melanie Heard says it will likely even startle the “bravest adult”.

The maze is scheduled for Friday, October 28th through Monday the 31st.  Doors are open Friday and Saturday from six to nine, then Sunday and Halloween Day from five to eight.

The cost is just $5 per person and the Oregon Coast Humane Society will offer concessions in the parking lot.