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SERVING WESTERN LANE COUNTY SINCE 1890
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Though the city removed
its drop box last fall, other
options are being offered
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The City of Florence shut down the used
pharmaceutical drop box, located inside the
Florence Justice Center, last fall due to
abuse and suspected mass disposal of used
needles by one or more health-related busi-
Since that time, the city and PeaceHealth
Peace Harbor Medical Center have been
unable to implement a viable alternative.
Dianna Pimlott, director of pharmacy
services for the hospital, said, “Peace
Harbor is unable to provide a collection
receptacle for community use due to regula-
tory and other restrictions assigned by phar-
maceutical waste handlers who are con-
tracted by Peace Harbor Medical Center to
serve our facilities.
“One example of a restriction that might
result in significant penalties, including a
decision by our waste handler to stop serv-
ing our facilities, is the presence of used
needles or other sharp objects with the
waste designated for disposal,” she
explained. “The inappropriate disposal of
used needles and other sharp objects in the
community disposal receptacle was one of
the primary determinants for withdrawal of
the program by the Florence Police
Florence-area residents, however, do
have other options for disposal of unused or
out-of-date pharmaceuticals, including used
Fred Meyer and Rite Aid pharmacies
have mail-back programs that cost $3 and
$5.95, respectively, and cover pharmaceuti-
cals, other than controlled medications and
Safeway will take small amounts of
“We can do it in small batches, like one
or two bottles at a time. We can’t take
syringes,” said Safeway pharmacy manager
Alex Hatch. “We have been directing peo-
ple to Fred Meyer because they do have a
mail-back return program.”
Bi-Mart and Florence Pharmacy do not
have public drug disposal programs at this
PHOTOS BY CHANTELLE MEYER/SIUSLAW NEWS
Hundreds of used books fill tables set up at the Florence Events Center last weekend for the final Read for the Need fundraiser.
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Annual fundraiser concludes as founder Taylor Graham graduates high school
fter 10 years,
Read for the Need
has turned its
final page. The
annual fundraiser, started by
Siuslaw High School senior
Taylor Graham when he was 7,
has donated more than $60,000
to Florence Food Share.
MAPLETON OUTDOOR SCHOOL
Oregon’s oldest outdoor school
program combines education,
camping and fun for students
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PHOTO BY JACK DAVIS/SIUSLAW NEWS
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Community Calendar . . . .
Library Tidings . . . . . . . . . .
According to Graham, now 17
In some years, over 30,000 books
years old, the idea “popped into
were donated. The sale filled the gym
his head” on his way home one
at Siuslaw Elementary for several
years. This year, it covered the floor of
“I asked my mom if I could
the Florence Events Center.
start a book sale and then, with the
“We had lots of fiction this year,”
money from the sale, buy food for
the hungry,” Graham said.
Donations have included vintage
He partnered with area volun-
volumes, fiction series, nonfiction
teers to gather book donations and
books, children’s picture and chapter
organize them for the sales.
books, westerns and audio books.
“The first year, we had 10,000
Sometimes, church groups and class-
books and we raised about $4,000 for Florence
rooms have gathered donations.
Food Share. And then it just continued getting
bigger and bigger,” he said.
See READ 9A
Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Scoreboard . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
THIS WEEK ’ S
Anyone who ever said
school was boring never
attended the Mapleton
School District outdoor
school program, held ear-
lier this month at Camp
Lane, a 15-acre Lane
County group camp facili-
ty located just off
Highway 126 along the
bank of the Siuslaw River,
approximately eight miles
east of Mapleton.
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According to kinder-
garten teacher Carrie
McNeill, the Mapleton
program started in 1962
and is the oldest continu-
ous outdoor school pro-
gram in the state.
McNeill, along with
teachers Jeff Greene and
Mandy Werner, were this
year’s camp directors,
overseeing nine Mapleton
High School student coun-
cilors and 30 elementary
fifth- and sixth-grade
campers during the four-
day camp. The boys and
girls slept in separate dor-
“The primary purpose
of the outdoor school is to
teach the kids about living
outdoors, with lots of sci-
ence and hands-on activi-
ties and team building,”
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