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Fire Engulfs Garage; Siuslaw Awards; Veteran’s Day Parade; Committee Openings

Fire Engulfs Garage

Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue responded to a fire in a garage at a Florence residence.  Around 12:15 yesterday morning crews arrived at a residence on Tamarack and 10th street to find heavy smoke  pouring from a garage.  The smoke was quickly replaced with heavy flames as the structure ignited.  After the blaze was extinguished crews remained on the scene for cleanup.  There were no reports of injuries associated with the fire.  The cause is under investigation.

Siuslaw Awards

The 12th annual Siuslaw awards are fast approaching.  This year’s awards banquet will be held on January 23rd at the Florence event center and will feature recognition of businesses through awards that focus on  Excellence in Customer Service, Curb Appeal, Non-Profit Achievement, Community Caring, Innovation in Business and the Stu Johnston Business of the Year Award. The Chamber will also recognize an individual or business that has selflessly given of their time and efforts in supporting the Chamber and its efforts with the Distinguished Service Award.  In addition to the business awards Florence’s First Citizen and Future First Citizen will also be recognized.  Nominations for businesses need to be submitted no later than November 28th and First Citizen and Future First Citizen nominations have until December 21st.  For more info you can contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce

Veteran’s Day Parade

It was a beautiful day for the recognition of Florence Servicemen and women yesterday as the city celebrated Veteran’s day.  At 1 pm the parade flowed through old town to streets lined with residents waving flags and saluting those that served our country in the armed forces.  Floats, banners, Jeeps and the United States Coast Guard were on hand as were the bagpipes as the parade meandered down Bay Street lined with American Flags.  Lofy construction sponsored the Daughters of the American Revolution float and Grand Marshall Former Staff Sergeant Tim Sapp was in an OD green WWII military jeep waving and passing out candy.  It was a stark contrast to last year’s windy and rainy event bringing this year’s attendance up.

Committee Openings

The city of Florence is currently recruiting committee members to serve on several open positions.  The Planning Commission, Budget Committee, Community and Economic Development Committee, EMAC, the Public Arts Committee, Transportation and Audit Ad-Hoc Committees are all in need of members.  Interested parties can find applications at the city of Florence’s website www.ci.florence.or.us. Or you can pick them up at Florence Public Works 2675 Kingwood Street during regular business hours.