Crews continue to work on grinding and paving of Highway 101. The southbound portion of the road from 8th street to the Siuslaw river bridge has been completed and striped with the exception of the tie ins to the secondary streets. Projected clear weather over the next several days should provide excellent conditions for the project to move forward. Utility crews have also begun the process of removing overhead lines. Paving work is scheduled overnight and is work is generally stopped by 6am. The City asks that you continue to use alternate routes into Old Town to keep traffic congestion at a minimum.
Gas Prices Rise Again
Gas prices continue to increase in Florence. The price for a gallon of regular gas has jumped another 5 cents this week to $2.96 a gallon. According to Marie Dodds with AAA Oregon gas stockpiles are tightening with refinery problems still plaguing the west coast. The rest of the country is experiencing price decreases while the Oregon price jumped 6 cents this week. Prices in Florence have increased 29 cents per gallon since the end of September.
Circles in the Sand
This Saturday at 3pm Labyrinth artist Denny Dyke will be teaching the art of sand drawing at Heceta Beach. Dyke who began creating circles in the sand in 2014 uses the beach as a canvas to create works of art. It began as a meditation for Dyke as a way to connect with the ocean and ever changing sand. This year Dyke will be joined by David McMurray of Sifting Sands. The “draw-out” begins at 3pm and at 4:30 volunteers are invited to help groom the labyrinth path and a walk begins at 5pm.
Siuslaw School District is announcing their annual Color-a-thon Fun Run. The 5k run/walk features a dusting of colors through the winding course. Runners are doused with non-toxic colored powder and the entire community is invited to participate. The event is to raise money for resources that are not provided through the school budget according to this year’s coordinator Crystal Osburn, who works at Siuslaw Elementary school. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd and it is a rain or shine event.