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DUNES CITY BOMB SCARE
Nov. 11 Veterans Day
parade features war’s
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Portland Air National Guard members
search for unexploded munitions across the
parking lot from Dunes City Hall. Two World
War II practice bombs (below) were discovered
at the site during a recent cleanup.
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World War II practice bombs discovered
during Dunes City cleanup
B Y J ACK D AVIS
When a cleanup crew working
across the parking lot from Dunes
City Hall recently discovered two
World War II era practice bombs,
concerns were justifiably raised
over what else might be lurking
beneath the dirt pile.
According to Dunes City
Mayor Rebecca Ruede, the two
practice bombs were initially
mistaken for 60-millimeter mor-
tar rounds, as they were similar
in appearance, during the Aug.
Last Thursday, Sept. 3, the
Eugene Bomb Squad and a bomb
disposal unit from the Portland
Air National Guard descended on
Dunes City to clear the area of
any additional munitions.
Fortunately, none were found.
“It’s not often that we call out
the National Guard to Dunes
City,” Ruede said. “What began as
a task to clean up around city hall
ultimately ended in finding some
old military ordnance located on
our Dunes City property.”
The Veterans Parade Committee
announced that the grand marshal
for this year’s ninth annual
Veterans Day Parade through
Historic Old Town will be veter-
ans of the Vietnam War.
This year is the 50th anniver-
sary of U.S. military ground
troops arriving in Vietnam.
Although organizers haven’t
decided on a theme yet, they want
to celebrate the bravery and sacri-
fice of all veterans. If you are a
Vietnam veteran and would like to
get involved in the parade, or
know someone you would like to
nominate, contact parade co-chair-
man Jim Swant at 541-997-3695.
The community can honor the
service and sacrifice of all active-
duty and military veterans at the
Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in
Old Town Florence.
The parade assembles near the
Florence Events Center on Quince
Street and continues to Bay Street
before ending at the Veteran’s
This year’s grand marshals will
be Vietnam War veterans and cur-
rent returning veterans from all
branches of service. They will
receive medals for participating.
The parade will take place rain
or shine. Military vehicles, music
from local bands, several floats,
marching groups, elected officials
and many others will pay tribute to
all veterans during the parade.
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Arts alliance holds ‘soft opening’ for new digs
FRAA art center moves from uptown to downtown
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
lorence Regional Arts
officially opened its
new doors at 120 Maple St.
in Old Town on Sept. 2.
The gallery and work-
shop moved from a location
north of town, near Fred
Meyer, when space became
available in Old Town.
According to FRAA
President Harlen Springer,
the space has two portions.
The first part is the
gallery, which contains
juried commission works,
rented artist or group space,
one work by each FRAA
member and cabinet space
for jewelry, sculptures and
other 3D artwork.
“Then we have space for
our workshops and classes,”
Springer said. “We teach
everything from beginning
watercolor to oil painting, to
literary things like creative
writing and even jewelry
making. We’re a combination
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of a gallery and workshop.”
Florence Mayor Joe
Henry was one of the first to
enter FRAA’s new doors.
“It’s a very nice addition
to the downtown communi-
ty,” Henry said. “It’s a great
The mayor, city council
and City Manager Erin
Reynolds are some of the
people that Springer credits
with driving an arts move-
ment in Florence.
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FRAA President Harlen Springer welcomes Florence
Mayor Joe Henry into FRAA’s new space in Old Town.
Full Forecast, A3
The family of Mark David
Brown, 52, of Florence, identified
him as the man who died in last
week’s fire in Glenada.
On Sept. 3, around 3 a.m.,
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
responded to a fire involving a sin-
gle-wide trailer at 85149 Highway
101, about a half-mile south of
Siuslaw River Bridge.
A body was discovered in the
master bedroom of the building,
where Fire Marshal Sean Barrett
said the fire originated.
“Right now it is considered
unintentional, but that is still unde-
termined,” Barrett said Friday.
Barrett and a Lane County
Sheriff arson detective are work-
ing with the county’s medical
examiner to determine the exact
cause of death.
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