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Committees in motion
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Florence City Council appointed 14 mem-
bers to two new city committees on Monday
Mayor Joe Henry announced the appoint-
“Both the public arts and economic develop-
ment committees will have some impact on
economic development. That’s one of our
major goals in 2015 and going forward,” Henry
The Public Art Committee has seven mem-
bers with one- to three-year terms who will
work with Councilor Joshua Greene.
They are: Susan Tive, co-owner of City
Lights Cinema; SK Lindsey, artist and owner
of Kenneth B and KB galleries; Jo Beaudreau,
multi-media artist and co-owner of BeauxArts
Fine Art Materials and Gallery; Harlen
Springer, artist and president of Florence
Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA); Ron
Hildebrand, artist and member of FRAA; Jayne
Smoley, glass artist and member of Backstreet
Gallery; and Jennifer French, watercolor artist
and member of Backstreet Gallery.
“I look forward to it. I’m meeting with staff
to find a time for us to meet. As with econom-
ic development, we’re going to have our first
get-together and discuss what can be done,”
Florence appoints members to
public art committees
Henry said, “It’s a long-term goal to create
economic development in the City of Florence,
to support and expand existing businesses and
to recruit, develop and support new businesses
that might come to town to provide living wage
He said that both new committees will be
integral moving forward.
Seven members also fill the Economic
Development Committee, with Councilor Ron
Preisler representing the city.
They are: Robbie Wright, owner of Siuslaw
Broadband; Mike Rose, chief operating officer
of Three Rivers Casino Resort; Meg Spencer,
Siuslaw Library District director; David
Wiegan, director of Siuslaw Outreach Services;
Sharon Hobart, former mayor of Veneta and
retired economic development coordinator for
Lane Council of Governments (LCOG); Joe
Crenshaw, community member and retired
business owner; and Steve Earnshaw, real
“They have very interesting backgrounds,”
said Henry. “It will be a great group and very
According to Henry, there were 12 candi-
dates for each committee.
“For the first time in a long time, every time
we open up a committee, we have more appli-
cants than we have positions,” he said.
The city council will determine further com-
mittee details at a future council work session.
Sandpines Golf Links hosts Boys and Girls
Fore Kids Golf Classic this Saturday
B Y J ACK D AVIS
Boys and Girls Club of
Western Lane County will
host its 18th annual Fore Kids
Golf Classic this Saturday,
June 6, at Sandpines Golf
Links. The fundraiser will
help fund Boys and Girls
Club activities, including its
upcoming summer programs.
The four-person scramble
tournament will kick-off with
a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The
tournament will feature
numerous contests around the
course including closest-to-
the-pin, longest drive, a put-
ting contest and a hole-in-one
Post-tournament awards, a
BBQ and a live auction and
raffle will follow.
The cost is $109 per golfer
and includes green fees, cart,
range balls, BBQ, wine, beer
and soft drinks.
Non-golfers are also invit-
ed to the BBQ, the auction
and the raffle. Dinner-only
tickets are $15 and include
pulled pork sandwiches, cole
slaw, potato salad, cookies,
chips, sodas, beer and wine.
Hard drinks will be available
The all-day event starts
with a complimentary conti-
nental breakfast provided by
Big Dog Donuts and Dutch
Bros. Coffee at 8 a.m.
Registration will also begin at
8 a.m. The tournament is from
PHOTOS BY JACK DAVIS/SIUSLAW NEWS
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center officially began a new 4,700
square foot addition to its Emergency Department (ED) on Friday as
Dr. A.J. Brauer (left) turned over the first shovel-full. Kay King (be-
low), volunteer director for Leave a Legacy, Save a Life Emergency
Department Fundraising Drive, and other community members also
participated in the ceremony. The new ED will include nine private
rooms, two dedicated triage rooms, two large trauma rooms, a private
consultation room and a separate waiting area. The expanded ED is
projected to meet the needs of the community through 2030.
PeaceHealth’s $5 million campaign was the largest fundraising effort in
the history of Florence. Construction is scheduled to begin in June.
This year, Corvallis Aero
Service will provide the lift
for the annual golf ball
drop. More than 500 golf
balls have already been
purchased for the raffle
that features a grand-prize
trip to Kauai, Hawaii.
10 a.m. to approximately 3
p.m. The BBQ dinner, provid-
ed by Craig’s Family BBQ
and Sysco Corporation, will
begin at 3 p.m.
Southern Wines and Spirits
of America and Columbia
Distributing will provide beer
and wine at no charge.
The popular golf ball raffle
drop will take place between
4 and 5 p.m.
“We are very excited about
the golf ball drop raffle,”
Boys and Girls Club board
member Michael Pearson
said. “We have had great
community support with this
in the past.”
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue unveils strategic plan for next 5 years
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
After consulting with Emergency Services
Consulting International (ESCI), Fire Chief
Jim Langborg, the board of directors and the
members of Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
(SVFR) are moving forward with a strategic
plan for 2015 through 2020.
This is the first new strategic plan that
SVFR has had since 1996.
The process involved meetings with five
members of the board, eight members of the
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citizens to pinpoint strengths in the depart-
ment, goals for community involvement and a
direction for future improvements.
“Our staff is highly motivated to begin
working on the objectives in the plan and
begin preparing our district for the future,”
The first step was adopting the plan on May
20. Now, staff will undergo training and have
one more follow-up meeting with ESCI.
The next piece will involve a tracking sys-
tem for monitoring SVFR’s progress.
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“I consider this my marching orders and my
report card, so I want us to stay on top of it as
much as we can,” Langborg said.
The strategic plan has five main
components: services, funding and finances,
planning, craftsmanship and leadership
Within each initiative are smaller objec-
tives. The plan includes a total of 63 objec-
tives with different timelines.
Recruitment/Retention Battalion Chief John
Carnahan said, “This gives us a total direction
to go. Like Jim said, it’s a report card — we
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can actually see where we’re at each step of
Carnahan, who was recently elected to the
board of directors, was at SVFR during its last
strategic plan process.
“Within two years, we had 90 percent of it
complete. It took a little longer to build the
building and some other things, but we met
most of those goals,” he said. “Once you set
those goals, it’s easier to achieve them.
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