Reedsport Main Street Recognition; Volunteers Sought; Paid Leave Program; Money For Arts; FLOGRO Available

Reedsport Main Street Recognition

The City of Reedsport was recognized for its accomplishments in creating a downtown space that is attractive to residents and visitors.  As part of Oregon State Parks Excellence on Main awards Reedsport received the Special Project award that is given to a city that impactfully addresses a specific goal or priorities of a main street program. Their main street program addresses the question “is this something Main Street does?”  Reedsport recently hosted an Open House which incorporated many businesses and offered a themed progressive dinner involving community while showcasing the many attributes of the Main Street area.  Other awards included the Economic Vitality award that went to Port Orford and Bandon received the Executive Director of the year award.

Volunteers Sought

The Florence Senior center on Kingwood is hosting an Open House at Memory Care Respite of Florence.  The October 19th event will be from 3-4 pm and is intended as a volunteer recruitment event.  The respite program is housed at the Senior Center and is intended to provide care for caregivers.  The program recently received a grant which allows them to offer a second day of care and need volunteers to help facilitate it. For more information or to register for the event call Ivy Meadows at 480-229-6244.

Paid Leave Program

The Oregon Paid Leave Program is growing according to data from the Oregon Employment Department.  As of October 2 more than 10,000 applications have been approved.  The OED has received more than 20,000 applications since the programs inception on August 14.  Benefits started going out on September 13th.  Paid leave Oregon director Karen Humelbaugh says if you have applied there are several ways to speed up the process.  One is by informing your employer about leave before you apply and by reviewing the checklist provided by the state to make certain you have the proper documents.  She says claims that have the incorrect documents or have not notified their employer of their intent may be delayed.  She also says that in recent weeks the programs speed of approval has significantly risen.  To date about 15 million in benefits have been approved.

Money For Arts

Florence did not make the list of more than 150 organizations that received a part of an almost 1.5 million dollars disbursement of funds from the Oregon Arts Commission.  Several organizations in Lane County were chosen from Eugene to Cottage Grove.  Awards ranged from $3,000 to $25,000 of unrestricted funds for non-profit organizations that have the arts as their core mission.

FLOGRO Available

The City of Florence Public Works department has announced that a new supply of FLOGRO is available.  The supply is limited and will be distributed on Tuesdays from 10am until 2 pm and during the final yard debris collection of the season on the 21st at the public works facility on Kingwood and 27th Street.