National Night Out

Florence’s second annual National Night out is set for two weeks from today.  The annual event began in 1984 as a sign of neighborhood solidarity as families turned on their porch lights and sat on their porch or in their front yard.  The program was begun to illuminate programs by local law enforcement such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch and anti-crime efforts.  In Florence it is also a time for adults and youth to interact with law enforcement from the local, county and state levels.  According to Chief Administrative Assistant at the Florence Police, Jamie Gorder, this year’s event promises not to disappoint.

“We are going to have bigger, better, more inflatables.  We’re going to be having cotton candy at one section of the park and games spread out and we’re actually going to have a live band this year.”

The event will also serve up a bbq with burgers and hot dogs and representatives from Florence Police, Lane County Sheriff’s office and the Oregon State Police.  Local first responders will also be in attendance.  The event is Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Miller Park.

Equifax Settlement

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced yesterday that a settlement had been reached in the Equifax Data Breach case which affected over 147 million consumers.  The breach, which occurred in September of 2017 exposed social security numbers, names, dates of birth, addresses, credit card numbers and in some cases driver’s license numbers of consumers.  Oregon is slated to receive 2.8 million dollars of the settlement and consumers are eligible to apply for restitution.  If you were affected by this breach Equifax also agreed to provide 10 years of credit-monitoring protection. Consumers who are eligible for redress will be required to submit claims online, by mail, or by phone. Consumers will be able to obtain information about the settlement, check their eligibility to file a claim, and file a claim by phone or online.

Lane County Fair

The Lane County Fair kicks off tomorrow at 11am.  dozens of rides and hundreds of games and all types of foods will be present at the fairgrounds in Eugene.  First up on the concert stage will be Chris Jansen tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are available for the show and start at $39.00. the Little River Band is on Thursday, Martina McBride on Friday, and Lifehouse on Saturday.  On Thursday the fair will hold a Senior Celebration with fair admission only $2.00 for senior adults.  The fair closes out on Sunday with a concert by relative newcomer, Jana Kramer.