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SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF FLORENCE • DUNES CITY • WESTLAKE • MAPLETON • SWISSHOME • DEADWOOD • YACHATS AND ALL POINTS BETWEEN
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S S U E
Mystery For the
Travel Channel crew
delves into local historical
event for August show
B Y J ACK D AVIS
to new options
FEC removes exclusivity,
allows local caterers to apply
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
AT EVENTS CENTER
A production crew from New York and a
sound crew from Portland spent Saturday, Jan.
31, recording at the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum
for an upcoming episode of the Travel
Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” sched-
uled to air in August.
The film and sound crews arrived at the
museum at 7 a.m. and immediately began set-
ting up for an all-day shoot. The museum was
closed to all visitors during the production.
Upstairs, in the Native American room, crew
members staged the equipment for easy access.
The military room was draped in black to
shoot the artifacts used in the segment, as well
as an interview.
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum board President Del
Phelps said, “A person who shall remain anony-
mous was brought in from Portland to be inter-
viewed in relation to the feature. I’m under con-
tract not to say anything about why they were
here, or what the segment is going to be about.”
The crews didn’t finish until after 3 p.m.
As quickly as they had arrived, the production
crew was off to another mysterious shoot in a
small museum in Colorado.
“Mysteries at the Museum” is an hour-long
series that has aired on the Travel Channel since
2010. It features segments about museum arti-
facts that have unusual or mysterious origins
and the stories regarding them.
H UMANE S OCIETY
PHOTO ABOVE BY CLAUDIA IGNATIEFF
Visitors to the Florence Events Center
celebrated their love of animals Jan. 31
while raising money for the local humane
society. The exhibit and fundraiser, “For
the Love of Animals,” garnered more
than $600 in donations, pet photo and
raffle ticket sales, and 343 pounds of dry
pet food and 74 pet food cans, all for the
Florence Area Humane Society. It was
estimated that more than 100 people
attended, along with 35 pets. Above, KiKi
hams it up for the photographer. At
right, Anya is ready for a road trip.
Far right, local artist Ron Hildenbrand
shows a sample of the pet portrait he
will paint for a lucky pet owner.
PHOTOS BY JACK DAVIS/SIUSLAW NEWS
Westover honored for American Legion membership
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
After 19 years of operating with an exclusive
caterer, the Florence Events Center (FEC) will
now provide catering options to its clientele.
FEC Director Kevin Rhodes presented the
proposed change in catering services to the
Florence City Council on Monday, Feb. 2.
“The FEC hosts over 300 events per year,”
Rhodes said. “Food and beverage services
have been contracted exclusively through a
caterer that operates out of our kitchen. In
response to our clients’ desire to have a choice
in catering options and allowing local caterers
access to provide services at the FEC, staff
proposes opening the services to a list of
With the council’s approval, the FEC will
now accept proposals from area caterers. Red
Rose Catering, which has provided FEC with
catering services for the past 10 years, could be
a possible option as well.
Clients could then pick from qualified cater-
ers for specific events.
W E D N E S D AY
Library Tidings A5
he local American Legion
Post 59 honored Harold
(Hal) Westover for 60
years of membership in the
American Legion at its regular
meeting last week.
The American Legion is a veter-
ans group for all branches of the
According to Oregon Post 59
Adjutant Mike Nielsen, those eligi-
ble are those who “served honor-
ably within certain time periods set
by congress. They are also eligible
to join the legion if they have been
overseas in the same time frame.”
Each legion post functions to
serve its members and community.
“If there’s a specific need in the
community, each American Legion
post can try to concentrate on that,”
“We care about everything. We
have a whole bunch of committees.
We just had elections for the post
and we’ve got several committees
PHOTO BY R. J. SHORES
Post 59 Adjutant Mike Nielsen, Hal Westover and Commander
of Oregon American Legion District 3 David Bowman
that we’re trying to get going here
that we’re trying to get leaders for,
such as community service, rehab,
community affairs, Boy Scouts and
things like that,” Nielsen added.
Westover, 84, joined the
American Legion in 1954 after he
got out of the Army.
Westover now lives in Florence,
but he maintains his original mem-
“I’m a faithful member of
Pierre, S.D., Post 8. I haven’t been
an active member, but I’ve been
faithful. I come from a long Dakota
family line, so I stay close,” he
Post 8 contacted Nielsen at Post
59 in Florence about Westover’s
Nielsen said, “They said that one
of their members, Hal Westover,
had just completed 60 years of con-
tinuous service in the American
Legion. They asked if our post
would be willing to put on some
sort of recognition ceremony. It
took me about three seconds to say,
Westover received the award at a
ceremony on Jan. 27.
“I was so surprised and humbled
by the award,” he said. “Many
members know me well in South
Dakota and they took a special
interest. I received a plaque … and
a box of South Dakota-type items.”
These gifts included a book
about flights over South Dakota.