Car Group to Help With Auto Repairs; Kyle Building Receives Grant; Volunteers Needed

Car Group to Help With Auto Repairs

The Rods and Rhody’s group has announced a program to help people with car repairs.  Gary Cargill says that people often have to choose between a car repair and groceries, and that is not a choice they want to see people have to make.  Something as simple as a flat tire can have a domino effect.

“They may be able to fix that tire, but that may mean that something else is not gonna get paid that week.”

Rods and Rhodys Inc. has partnered with other non-profits and some area churches to identify people that are in need.  Dee Osborne, a member of the board says that a grant helped to kick off this project.

“We did get a grant from the Western Lane Community Foundation which is wonderful and we very much appreciate them, and that was a great seed for our project also.”

The group is also working on their annual September classic car show that will be held at the port parking lot in Old Town.

Kyle Building Receives Grant

A grant from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization has been awarded to assist in repairing the historic Kyle building on Bay Street.  Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation announced the matching grant of $69,314 to repair and paint the 118 year old building.  With the owners of the building, Joann and Stuart Henderson and Ron Hoagland and assistance from the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce the grant was applied for and will be used to install a new roof, update plumbing, new gutters, structural and flooring updates, and painting of the exterior structure.  The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Volunteers Needed

With just over two weeks before the Rhody Parade, Bettina Hannigan with the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce says they could still use some volunteer help in closing off streets, float organization, and banner carriers along the route of the parade.  Hannigan says there is usually a last minute influx of help, but she wanted to remind young people especially that there is a benefit to banner carrying.

“Banner carriers are between 7 and 17 and they get a free carnival pass at the end of the parade.”

Hannigan also says that there will be no need to have volunteers following the horses this year.

“No pooper scoopers anymore, all they have to do is carry banners, they don’t have to clean up any horse pooh.”

Interested parties should contact Rue at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce.