Peanut Butter Drive; Our Town Candidate Forum; Governor’s Appointments

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Peanut Butter Drive

The Fourth annual Johnston Motor Company- Ford- Peanut Butter Drive is under way.  People are encouraged to drop off peanut Butter to Johnston Motor Company and that in turn will benefit the Florence Food Share.  Norma Barton, Executive Director of the food share says that peanut butter is a great protein to go along with some of the locally sourced items…

“We have fresh produce that comes from our 16 thousand square foot organic garden.  Pretty m uch any kind of produce you can think of we grow back there.  We harvested over 10 thousand pounds of food in 2016.”

Barton says that over the 3 years she has been here the need has been increasing…especially among seniors…

 “30% of our clientele are folks over the age of 55, and their on a fixed income and generally they have to choose between eating or paying their utility bill or getting much needed medication.”

Another disturbing trend Barton noted is that requests for food from the Latino population has dropped significantly.  She attributes it to the change in national policies toward Latinos.  Barton would like to get the word out that none of the information collected is used to target the immigrant population.

Our Town Hosts Special Candidate Forum

This month’s our town is a special 3 hour edition and will be broadcast live from the Florence event center.  Bob Sneddon in his final official appearance as host will conduct a candidate forum featuring many of the hopeful public servants.  There are several heated races including Seats on the Port Commission and the Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue.  Our town is broadcast live on KCST from 4 to 7 this Wednesday and a rebroadcast on KCFM on Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Governor Set Appointee List

Governor Kate Brown submitted her appointment list for state boards and commissions to the Oregon Senate.  The Senate Rules Committee is set to review the nominations on May 24th.  Of the 64 nominees 5 are from Lane County.  Open seats for Lane County include the State board of Education, the commission on Black Affairs, Lane Transit District Board, Patient safety commission board of Directors, and the Oregon Tourism Commission.  None of the 5 perspective appointees are from western lane county.