School Board Resignation; Pumpkin Giveaway; Booster Clinic Rollout; Shred Day

School Board Resignation

Another School Board Member has resigned his post.  Dennis King held position 5 on the Siuslaw School District Board.  King’s term was slated to expire in June of 2023.  No immediate reasons were given for his resignation, but King had not been attending the in-person meetings.  The School board will officially accept the resignation at their next regular board meeting on November 10th.  In a special meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 26th the school board will meet with candidates for the other empty seat, position 1.  There are currently 8 candidates that have applied for the position.  It is also possible that the board could select a replacement for position 5 at this time.  In the event that an individual is selected it will be approved also at the November 10th regular meeting.  The board can also choose to re-open the application process for position 5.

Pumpkin Giveaway

About 300 florence youth received a pumpkin and a bag of candy at yesterday’s annual Great Pumpkin Giveaway.  Rain was not a deterent as cars lined up along 6th street for the 33rd annual event.  The event ran from 4 to 5:30 and there were a few pumpkins left along with some candy.  The remaining pumpkins and treats will be at Florence True Value today and will be available for free to anyone who did not get an opportunity to participate.

Booster Clinic Rollout

Lane County Public Health has announced the rollout of their booster shot vaccination clinics.  Beginning on Tuesday the 26th LCPH will offer booster shots of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.  Locally the first open opportunity in the Florence area will be on Saturday the 30th at the Siuslaw Middle School from 1-3 pm.  Walk-ups are welcome but an appointment time is recommended for more rapid service through the process.  You can schedule an appointment at  If you have received a Moderna vaccination it is recommended that at least 6 months has transpired before getting the booster shot.  Johnson and Johnson recipients need only wait 2 months.  Boosters are recommended for individuals over 65 or who are immune-compromised or who work in a  high risk environment such as health care.

Shred Day

Tomorrow Oregon Pacific Bank will hold their free shred day for individuals who may have important documents that they need to dispose of.  The event will be at OPB from 10 to 1 pm.  OPB is asking that if you have a business that you wait until noon in order to give the community an opportunity to be served first.  OPB recommends that documents that hold personal information like addresses, bank information, credit information, or any identity compromising information be shredded and not disposed of in the trash.  According to a recent fraud report more than 27% of Americans do not shred their sensitive document.