Siuslaw River Boardwalk

Another School Board Seat to Fill; Florence Fest ’19; Revision Florence Update

Another School Board Seat to Fill

Citing a desire to spend more time with her granddaughter, Tammy Butler became the second person in a month to resign her post on the Siuslaw School District.  Previously Eric Rines stepped down and Siuslaw School District board candidate, Bob Sneddon, was appointed to serve out the remainder of his term, which expires in June.  A special election is set for May 21st which will determine permanent placements for the two positions, but for now the school board is looking to fill the seat of position 5 held by Butler.  There are 4 seats that will be voted on with only one contested seat.  Bob Sneddon, and Dennis King will be new members of the current board and Guy Rosinbaum will seek another term.  Position 7 is currently held by Bill McDougle and is challenged by Dianna Pimlott who is the current director of Pharmacy services at Peace Harbor Hospital.  The Siuslaw School Board will meet this Wednesday at 6:30 for the purposes of appointing Butler’s replacement.  The meeting will be at the school board offices at 2111 Oak Street.

Florence Fest ’19

Florence Fest 19 is quickly approaching.  The event is scheduled for the 26th and 27th of April at the Florence Event Center and will feature nearly 60 artists from over 5 states.  Art coordinator Harlan Springer of the Florence Area Arts Alliance says this year’s interest in the event swelled with 180 submissions.  He says that Karin Clarke, owner of Karin Clarke Gallery in Eugene will be overseeing the submissions.  In addition to art, wine will be represented from 12 boutique wineries across the state and a lineup of great jazz music will fill the FEC with music.  Friday evening’s headliner is Portland’s Farnell Newton and the Othership Connection playing their brand of Funk Jazz.  Saturday’s Headliner will be Soul Vaccination.  The hours for the event have been extended for this year’s event and a dance floor has been added for the Saturday evening headliner.  Times for Friday will be 2-8pm and Saturday will be 2-10.  Tickets are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and are an additional $3 if purchased at the door.

Revision Florence Update

The ReVision Florence Streetscape project enters its 5th week of construction.  Work continues on the west side of Highway 101 from 126 to the Siuslaw River Bridge.  Curbs and several corners have been poured and some light and power poles are being replaced.  Rain last week made it difficult to pour concrete, but crews have been steadily working on forms and preparations for pouring. A ½ inch of rain is expected for the area today and a slight chance of showers for tomorrow, but the rest of the week should help move the project along with sunshine expected to continue through the weekend.  The west side of the highway is expected to be completed in time for Rhody Days, but weather is a determining factor with the time schedule.  Other construction along highway 101 includes bridgework at the Cape Creek Bridge and the Cape Perpetua Half Viaduct north of Florence.  Slight delays are expected in the area.