Forager Safe; No Fee Friday Upcoming; Korean War Veterans Parade Marshalls; Mussels Safe To Eat; Public Works Facility Tour

Forager Found Safe

A missing mushroom forager that has been known to frequent the Florence area in search of edible mushrooms has been found safe.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s office says 45 year old Christopher Knapp was believed to be hunting mushrooms in the Prospect or Tiller areas.  Knapp did not notify friends or family exactly where he would be foraging.  He was reported missing on November 8th but was last seen before he went foraging on November 5th.  A press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office listed information about Knapp and asked for help in finding him.  He was located along the Oregon Coast on Thursday evening.

Green Friday for Oregon State Parks

This November 24th is Green Friday for all of Oregon State Parks.  Fees for entering the parks will be waived and many of the parks will be offering free hot drinks and snacks for visitors.  Free parking is for the entire day at all parks except for Shore Acres State Park which will end at 3 and then they begin their Holiday Lights presentation that runs through New Years Eve.

Veteran’s Day Parade

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and in honor of those who have served there will be a parade in Old Town beginning at 2 pm.  The parade route begins at the Florence event center and winds through old town ending up at the Veterans Memorial Park.  People are encouraged to watch and even join the parade along the route.  This year’s Grand Marshalls will be the Korean War Veterans.

Mussels Back on the Menu

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the reopening of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting.  Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have dropped below the alert level. The area was originally closed to mussel harvesting October 13.

Council to View New Facility

The City of Florence’s work session scheduled for Wednesday November 15th will conclude with an informal gathering at the new Public Works Facility at the corner of Kingwood and 27th street.  The Council will tour the facility at that time and no deliberations or decisions will be discussed.  The city will be temporarily moving some of its operations there as construction is set to begin on City Hall later this year.