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SPORTS — B
INSIDE — A8
SERVING WESTERN LANE COUNTY SINCE 1890
Lincoln When tragedy strikes,
count on them
Power-line work along
Highway 101 in Florence
part of substation project
CHANTELLE MEYER/SIUSLAW NEWS
Florence paramedics and firefighters tend to “injured” Siuslaw High School students, who played
victims last week during Peace Harbor Medical Center’s mass-casualty disaster drill at the school.
Hospital’s mock mass-casualty drill coordinates
with emergency agencies, community members
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
eaceHealth Peace Harbor
Medical Center staged a
mock mass-casualty drill
Aug. 19 at Siuslaw High School as
part of its requirement to provide
one drill each year.
This year, the medical center
chose a disaster drill that could
include the whole community.
Peace Harbor Senior Communi-
Rannow said, “The point of all this
drilling is that we want to be pre-
pared. We want to work well togeth-
er and make sure our patients are
Coos History Museum
TO VISIT THIS SUMMER
1210 N. Front St., Coos Bay ❘ 541-756-6320
A T A GLANCE : The Coos History Museum
and Maritime Collection is a beautiful new
hub of activity for cultural events, an impor-
tant education and research facility and a host
location for community events.
Two floors of exhibits take on topics that
help everyone — locals and visitors alike —
receive a better understanding of life in Coos
County, past and present. Photos, lively quo-
tations and artifacts illuminate the area’s
rough seas, first encounters between the land and
inhabitants, the great outdoors, Coos County fami-
ly farming, lumbering, the various ways to get to
this far corner and more.
S PECIAL F EATURE :
This summer we are
spots that make the
central Oregon coast
one of the coolest
places to live and play.
A new location will be
featured each week.
taken care of.”
Western Lane Ambulance District
(WLAD), Florence Police Depart-
ment (FPD), Siuslaw Valley Fire
and Rescue (SVFR) and REACH
Air Medical Services also were on
board to participate.
The small gathering of
Florence Quakers, also
known as Friends, meet qui-
etly in each other’s homes
and silently wait for spiritual
guidance on Sundays. The
group ranges from three to
six members and is part of
the unprogrammed branch of
the Quaker faith.
“The programmed branch,
often called the Friends
Church or Quaker Church,
looks like a very protestant
type of church,” said local
Quaker devotee Sakre
Edson. “Except there are no
symbols passed during com-
To the uninitiated, some
confusion may arise because
Quakers use the term
Friends and Quakers inter-
changeably. Both refer to the
same faith and the same
“It started in England in
the 1650s by a gentleman
named George Fox who was
searching for a way to spark
what he would consider the
true faith,” Edson explained.
“He found that Christ was
inside each of us. That is the
unifying principal of both
the Friends Church (the pro-
grammed branch) and us.
“We are not about a
belief. We are about a prac-
tice, a way of life. I identify
as a Christian. Somebody
sitting next to me could be
an atheist or agnostic or gen-
erally spiritual,” she added.
Quakers have been known
throughout history for their
peaceful, nonviolent, anti-
war beliefs, but other reli-
gious groups still persecuted
them for their perceived
The Quakers came to the
American colonies to escape
C O O L P L A C ES
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has been meeting
here since 1991
B Y J ACK D AVIS
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Central Lincoln PUD crews have
been hard at work modifying lines and
adding power poles along Highway 101
in Florence this summer.
Chief Engineer Bruce Lovelin pre-
sented an update on the construction to
the Florence Area Chamber of
Commerce during its Aug. 20 Noon
“We’re embarking on a really inter-
esting project. For an engineer, a lot of
this is exciting for me. Hopefully, you’ll
be as excited as I am,” Lovelin said.
Lovelin is in charge of the planning,
construction and maintenance of the
PUD’s transmission and substation
The Highway 101 construction is part
of the PUD’s process of installing the
new Kingwood Substation, which
should be operational in October, in
Pacific View Business Park.
The new substation will help form a
loop with the other area stations, keep-
ing a constant current of power that will
help prevent outages.
“With its strategic location, the sub-
station will really serve the Florence
area for a long time,” Lovelin said.
According to Lovelin, the crews are
currently near Highway 101 and 34th
Street. They will continue on the high-
way until they reach 27th Street, then
proceed down 27th toward the business
park on Kingwood Street.
Although the work on the highway is
an inconvenience to motorists, the
crews are taking precautions to keep
everyone safe. Lovelin said, “Doing this
work is really dangerous, and danger-
ous times two, in this case.”
He said the PUD’s crews are trained
for safety and the use of their tools, but
they have the added worry of traffic.
“People drive through who aren’t
familiar with construction, which is a
concern for us,” he said.
He added that the long-term benefits
will outweigh the inconvenience.
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THIS WEEK ’ S
With a community hall, research library and a
museum store, there is something for everyone.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday,
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Full Forecast, A3
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