Construction On Hold For Rhody Days; Vandalism To Art; Flu Spikes Upward; Heceta Lighthouse Celebrates 125 Years

Construction On Hold For Rhody Days

Rhododendron Days is just under 2 months away, but with construction going on along the 101 corridor how will that effect travel and the Rhododendron parade?  According to city manager Erin Reynolds, the west side of the road should be close to completion.

“Rhododendron Days are coming up and we are all looking forward to that along with our fellow neighbors and the project will be paused for the Rhody Weekend which begins Thursday and goes to Sunday and the plan is to be open and ready for the parade down 101.

The festival kicks off  on the 15th of May with the Rhody Court Coronation and continues through the 19th.  Information about the festival and its events can be found at

Vandalism To Art

Windows of the Siuslaw Public Library have been covered with plywood for the past two weeks in the wake of vandalism that broke out the six street front windows.  Now the Siuslaw Public Library is inviting both children and adults to come help cover the windows with their responses to six posed questions according to Jerry Schneider of the Siuslaw Public Library’s Art Committee:

“They would be more like to elicit a one word response or feeling of some sort.  We would have people like write, draw or paint right on this black paper.”

The black paper will then be clear coated and put over the boards that cover the insides of the broken street side windows until their repair.

“This maybe something we carry over to next year.  At that time actually make it more of an art project, when we have more time.”

Adults and children alike are invited to participate both today and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th  by offering up their one word responses, drawings and thoughts on their home town, favorite book, favorite characters and other questions at the Siuslaw Public Library.

Flu Spikes Upward

There has been a late season surge in flu reports according to the Oregon Health Authority.  This past week reports of influenza like illness has jumped 4.8 percent from the previous week with 181 hospitalizations. 1922 positive cases of influenza has been reported out of 4900 cases sampled.  Oregon has increased from a moderate level of cases to a high incidence of flu cases.  Oregon and Washington state join the mid west with the most severe reports of flu.

Heceta Lighthouse Celebrates 125 Years

This Saturday from 4-7 pm the heceta lighthouse will be celebrating 125 years of operation on the Oregon Coast.  The U.S. Coast Guard will kick off the event with an opening ceremony.  There will be hot dogs and refreshments as well as live music and weather permitting, lawn games.  There will also be informational talks by park docents.  There is a $5 parking per vehicle.  Heceta Lighthouse is located 13 miles north on Highway 101