Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive; Banner Carriers Sought; Burn Season Closes Soon; Road Work

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

The poundage of food collected on Saturday for the annual mail carriers food drive was a record.  According to Patrick Lewis with the Postal service the day was a resounding success with more than 10,650 pounds collected.  Lewis said the drive has never surpassed the 10,000 pound mark.  He also said that if someone forgot about the drive, they can still leave their bag of non-perishable items at the mail box today and tomorrow.  According to the information given there was also a record number of addresses that participated in the event.  All food collected will stay in the area and be distributed through the Florence Food Share.

Banner Carriers Sought

With just days left before the beginning of the Rhododendron Festival the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is still looking for banner carriers for the Grand Floral Parade on Sunday. Applicants that are chosen for the parade will receive a free day pass to the Davis Shows NW Carnival.  Juniors must be within the age of 9 and 17. More information is available at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s website at  The Grand Floral Parade begins at noon on Sunday May 19.

Burn Season Closes Soon

May is Wildfire Awareness month, and the focus is on building defensible space around your home, but it is also the end of burn season for the county.  May 31st is currently the last day for prescribed burning in Lane County.  The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency advises you to check conditions in your area for any advisories that may be in place prior to the end of the season.  LRAPA also monitors air quality and can impose limits on burning based on the current air quality index.  More information can be found at

Road Work

If you are planning any travel along the coast you might want to take advantage of  The Oregon Department of Transportation will be doing road maintenance around the state and specifically on coastal roadways.  Paving begins this week on portions of Highway 101 near Port Orford and highway 20 will also be getting some new black-top.  Work will be done during daylight hours, Monday through Friday for the next 3 weeks according to ODOT information. Drivers can expect delays and lane closures during the repaving period.