ReVision Florence Work; 126 Passing Lane Paving; Goodwin Remembrance Planned; Noon Forum

ReVision Florence Work

Night work will continue on the east side of Highway 101 from the Siuslaw River Bridge to Highway 126.  Removal of existing sidewalks and curbs are occurring this week and new sidewalks are to be installed after some underground utility work is completed.  There will be some side street closures throughout the next several weeks.  Business entrances are marked by blue cones at all ingresses. Additionally crews are finishing up work on the west side of the street.  The ReVision Florence Streetscape project is slated to be completed by October.

126 Passing Lane Paving

Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing to work on Highway 126 near Walton.  Construction is in the paving process and traffic is still limited at times to one lane during the day.  Motorists are encouraged to give themselves addition time when traveling to and from Eugene.  The 5 million dollar addition of a passing lane just west of Walton is currently on schedule and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Goodwin Remembrance Planned

The Florence Event Center will host a remembrance celebration for Leah Goodwin.  Sunday July 14 at 2 pm.  Goodwin was stage manager for the Last Resort Players and was a long time contributor to the theater world in Florence.  The Concert in her honor is being spearheaded by local entertainer Nyah Vollmar and will feature a cast of singers as well as original tunes by Vollmar.  Jason Wood will also be performing with Nyah.  He recalls the contribution Goodwin made to the community.

“Leah made a huge impact on this community, and not just in the theater community either, but especially there I think.”

The organizers originally were going to perform for the Power of Florence audience on the 20th of July, but said the outpouring of support was enormous and they decided to find a larger venue.  Sponsors stepped in and help gather the funds to hold the event at the Florence Event Center.  Donations will be accepted for the concert and proceeds will benefit the Leah Goodwin scholarship fund.

Noon Forum

A special noon forum will be presented by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce on July 11th.  The chamber has invited Josh Bruce who is the director for Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience.  He will be speaking on the importance of being prepared in the face of a natural disaster or winter storm threat and how it pertains to businesses.  The forum is open to the public and takes place from 11:45 until 1pm on Thursday July 11th at the Best Western Pier Point Inn on highway 101 south of the Siuslaw River Bridge.