Marine Patrol On Duty This Weekend
This weekend the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol will be out on the waterways. The sheriff’s office in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators will be participating in Operation Dry Water. Operation Dry Water is a boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign that will kick off today through Sunday in Lane County. Patrols will be on the lookout for offenders. Sgt Steve Sieczkowski with the Lane County Sheriff’s office says deputies will be out in force this weekend.
“Being impaired while on the water is illegal in the state of Oregon. We’re going to have Lane County Marine Patrol Deputies patrolling the waterways, we’re gonna focus on behaviors and impairment when it comes to operating a boat.”
Sgt Sieczkowski says deputies will be checking to see that the proper safety equipment is being used, and in case you are a paddleboarder…
“Some people don’t realize this but even paddleboards are classified as a boat by the United States Coast Guard.”
He says remember to designate a driver, not only of the boat, but the vehicle you use to get to the water.
Wings and Wheels
Tomorrow is the 10th annual Wings and Wheels Car show and Airplane Fly-in. This year the event will be in memory of Mike Groshong who passed away in January. Groshong spearheaded the event in conjunction with the Florence-Siuslaw Lions Club. This year’s event will include the WWII Hellcat and AT6 Texan Trainer aircraft as well as the U.S. Coast Guards Rescue Helicopter and over 100 classic American and British cars. Also there will be a remote controlled airplane display and a showing of first responders. In addition the U.S. Coast Guard will have a recruiter onsite to educate youth on the value of serving in the Coast Guard. The event will be from 10am to 3 pm at the Florence Airports. Free Admission.
Next Friday through Sunday is the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta. It is the 50th anniversary of the event and according to Lane County Sheriff’s Department they are expecting more than 50 thousand visitors over the 3 days. The eclectic gathering consists of music, food, dancing. Performers and artisans with hand-crafted items. The event runs daily from 11am to 7pm each day.