Landscape Looks Good For Streetscape; Three Rivers Foundation Begins Grant Cycle; Festival of Trees; Travelers Hit the Road

Landscape Looks Good For Streetscape

The Florence Urban Renewal Agency met yesterday and received an update on the Revision Florence Streetscape project.  According to Mayor Joe Henry all bids are in and it looks favorable, but he mentioned that the Oregon Department of Transportation is in charge of the management of the project.  He says he feels good about the progress they have seen thus far.  The project is slated to begin construction in January and there is no indication that the date will have to be moved at this point.  Concessions had to be made from the first bid process and some items had to be combined with others to streamline the project.  The 7 million dollar project is slated to take about 8 months to complete and will encompass the section of 101 from the bridge to Highway 126 and then east to Spruce Street.

Three Rivers Foundation Begins Grant Cycle

The next grant cycle for the Three Rivers Foundation will begin on the 1st of December.  The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians announced yesterday that the Foundation which is funded from proceeds at Three Rivers Casino will be offering grants in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gambling, the arts, the environment, cultural activities and historic preservation.  Grant criteria and application is available at the foundation website:  applications will be accepted from December 1st through December 31st

Festival of Trees

This Saturday is the annual festival of trees which supports the Oregon Coast Military Museum.  The event will be held at the Florence event center from 10 am to 4pm and will feature some crafty events as well as sales of wreaths and other decorations for the holidays.  Family friendly activities include rock painting, face painting and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Admission to the Saturday event is free.

Travelers Hit the Road

Millions of drivers across the country as well as hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are hitting the road today for the thanksgiving holiday. AAA Oregon reports that about 704 thousand will be heading out from areas across the state and about 88 percent of them will be traveling by car.  The increased traffic along with a weather front moving across the state is cause for alarm.  AAA is recommending that travelers give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations and include an emergency kit when packing the car.  Fuel prices should be moderate around the state, after a nickel drop last week this week prices for a gallon of regular gas has dipped another 7 cents.