The Siuslaw news. (Florence, Lane County, Or.) 1960-current, September 05, 2015, SATURDAY EDITION, Page 7A, Image 7

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This past Tuesday did more
than herald in the month of
September. It marked the offi-
cial first day of business for
Old Town Barbershop, 1341
Bay Street, in Florence.
“I designed my shop to fit
the surroundings,” says owner-
proprietor Geraldine Lucio. “I
really want to bring to life the
best of barbering from the past-
and present.”
With her modern garb and
happy smile, Lucio may not
look the role of traditional bar-
ber but in many ways she’s
exactly that.
Customers need only walk
across the threshold to feel
transported back in time. In the
waiting area, antiques decorate
the walls and floor. Even the
ceiling sports a giant airplane
model from a bygone era.
These are in place to accent
the greatest fixtures of all: three
authentic early 1900s barber
chairs, carried here by Lucio
from Texas — where she
received her training and holds
deep roots to her trade.
A prestigious line of local
dignitaries attended Tuesday’s
grand opening and ribbon
Retzer and Pattie Panther.
The event was attended by
more than 50 people, including
local business owners and serv-
ice industry representatives.
Guests coming furthest were
Lucio’s sister and father from
Floresville, Texas. It seems a
big part of her traditional val-
ues stem from her barber fami-
ly. Her grandfather (before
retirement), father and brother
are all in the business.
“I am so proud of my daugh-
ter,” Gerald Lucio says. “Until
now, I never knew how
proud my own father — and
any father can be — of their
“It’s an amazing feeling.”
Old Town Barber Shop is
now high on the list of got-to-
go-see-it places in Historic
The public is invited to sit in
a chair and enjoy a haircut
given the old fashioned way.
“I hope people come when
Geraldine Lucio (second from left) celebrates the grand opening of her new barbershop
can slow down and relax.
on Bay Street in Old Town with members of the Chamber Ambassadors and her father,
they receive a true
Gerald Lucio (second from right).
time-honored barber experi-
— Submitted by Eileen West,
cutting ceremony, including director of the Florence as well as Chamber ambassa-
Cal Applebee, executive Chamber
Commerce, dors Betty Blake, Carol
Siuslaw Library to present ‘Devil Cat’ author Fleagle
Siuslaw Public Library is
the place to be on Thursday,
Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. to see a
PowerPoint presentation by
author Judy Fleagle about her
latest book “Devil Cat and
Other Colorful Animals I
Have Known.” It will be in
the Bromley Room at no
charge to the public.
“Devil Cat” is a collection
of five stories of which four
recount Fleagle’s most memo-
rable rescues (two dogs and
two cats). These animals beat
the odds to become not just
good, but great animal com-
panions, and their stories are
The fifth story includes the
bizarre tale of “Devil Cat,” in
which neighbors try every-
thing to protect their pets
from an aggressive feline in
Frankie Jorgensen, left, former president of the Florence
Area Humane Society, accepts a copy of “Devil Cat and
Other Colorful Animals I Have Known,” donated by
author Judy Fleagle.
the town of Los Gatos, Calif.,
which strangely enough
means “the cats.”
These stories written over
the years as they actually
occurred form a memoir of
the author’s life as seen
through her most remarkable
“Devil Cat” is a departure
for Fleagle, who is known for
her bridge books and “Around
This time, she didn’t have
to spend months doing
research because the stories
were already written. She just
had to figure out how to put
them together.
Then, she commissioned 15
paintings by Karen Nichols
and worked with publisher
Publishing to come up with
what one librarian hailed as
“a perfect jewel of a book.”
Because “Devil Cat” is
about animal rescue, the
presentation will also be
a fundraiser for the Florence
Area Humane Society.
Forty percent of every book
sold at the event will go to the
So come for an entertaining
presentation, and an opportu-
nity to support the local
humane society.
For more information,
Library at 541-997-3132 or
go online to crossings and
click on events.
One-day nonfiction writing workshop offered in Yachats
YACHATS — Have you
wanted to start writing but
seem unsure how to begin?
Many people aspire to write for
themselves, publication and
multiple other reasons, but
can’t seem to get started. This
frustration often results in the
aspiration disappearing.
Writer, publisher and educa-
tor Matt Love, author/editor of
14 books about Oregon and
columnist for Oregon Coast
Today, is offering a one-day
“Getting the Writing Going”
Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9:30
a.m. to 4 p.m., in Yachats.
In this workshop, partici-
pants will experiment with dif-
ferent and innovative tech-
niques to define an editorial
voice and purpose for various
forms of nonfiction writing.
Whether a memoir, travel
writing about the Oregon coast
or blogging reviews about
food, Love will help guide par-
ticipants during the beginning
process of becoming a writer
and present options for them to
publish their work.
The workshop will be held in
the greenhouse of the Yachats
Farm Store, which was recently
named one of the seven won-
ders of the Oregon coast by
Travel Oregon.
The class costs $105 and
caps at 12 participants.
To sign up, email Love at
or call 503-812-1524.
Welcome to 80 Years of Excellence!
We Make All Our Own Ice Cream
– Over 50 Flavors –
Sugar-free Ice Cream & Non-fat Frozen Yogurt
in a variety of flavors.
“Over 5 Generations of
Old Fashioned Goodness!”
Tw o l o c a t i o n s i n F l o r e n c e
H i g h w a y 1 0 1 N & B a y S t r e e t i n O l d To w n
Wa l d p o r t • W i n c h e s t e r B a y • A s h l a n d • S i s t e r s
an authors & publishers fair for
those who like to read, write,
or publish books
Sept 26th 2015 10 AM - 4 PM
Florence Events Center
Free admission!
Meet the authors-have book signed!
Hear authors read!
Have a book?
meet publishers here!
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