Increased Patrols Around Country Fair; Grocery Outlet Fights Hunger; Peace Harbor Celebrates Tomorrow

Increased Patrols Around Country Fair

The Oregon Country Fair begins tomorrow.  The Lane County Sheriff’s Department is letting motorists know to expect increased times for travel to and from the Eugene/Veneta area.  In addition there will be increased enforcement in the area.  Lane County will be receiving additional help from the Oregon State Police, Eugene Police and Springfield police.  Sgt. Steve Sieczkowski with the Lane County Sheriff’s says safety is their main goal.

“Over 50 thousand people out there for that event, so we are setting that up to be the most safe environment for citizens.”

Speed limits have been reduced to 45 mph in the area for the event.  They are also prohibiting u-turns and there will be no parking along highway 126.  Enhanced patrols have already begun in the area and law enforcement will be focusing on DUII, seat belt, and distracted driving infractions.  Increased enforcement will continue through Sunday evening.

Grocery Outlet Fights Hunger

Grocery Outlet is participating in the Independence from Hunger campaign this summer.  It is a program that was begun by Grocery outlet several years ago and owner Brian Barnard says that this will help both the Florence Food Share and the Mapleton Food Share.

Barnard says it is a simple program.  They fill grocery bags with items requested by both food shares and people can just purchase a pre-packed bag for 5 or 6 dollars.  He also says that shoppers will be given a $5 coupon to be used later in the month.

“If you spend 5 you get 5 back. It’s a coupon, you save your receipt, bring it back, you spend 25 dollars or more you get 5 back.”

Barnard says that they decided to add this event to the list because they believe in making the most positive impact in the community when it comes to feeding those who are in need.  Grocery Outlet also participates in the annual Johnston Motor Company Peanut Butter Drive in May and the Pounding in November hosted by Cindy Brent Wobbe.

Peace Harbor Celebrates Tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon from 2-5 pm PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical center will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.  The hospital opened in 1989.  Ron Green is the Chair of the Community  Health Board

“30 years of operating like this in Florence Oregon, it’s quite an asset we have.  We’re really excited to celebrate that.”

The celebration will include some guided  tours of the facility as well as BJ’s Ice Cream and some snacks.  CAO Jason Hawkins says there will also be some nostalgic videos for people to enjoy from the hospital’s past.  The community is welcome.