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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
Florence regains Airport Advisory Committee Early Learning Florence
City Council approves reinstating committee to head up new projects
Director Mike Miller said,
“The AAC was put on hiatus
after their good work on the
Airport Master Plan and
involvement with the apron
expansion of the airport. Since
those projects were completed,
and we had no other funding
coming into the airport for cap-
ital projects, it was decided to
put it on hiatus until such time
as we had amassed projects or
it was time to … identify new
Councilor George Lyddon
has an interest in the airport
and has attended several meet-
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lorence City Council
voted Monday to re-
establish the seven-
member Airport Advisory
Committee (AAC) for the
Florence Municipal Airport.
After a work session on the
history of the airport, a review
of the 2010 Airport Master
Plan and local and federal
funding, the councilors agreed
that an advisory committee was
needed once again.
Florence Public Works
ings with volunteers.
“I’ve been out there numer-
ous times,” he said.
Based on talks between the
councilors, pilots, hobbyists
and businesses who use the air-
port, the council was confident
that they could get enough peo-
ple to apply to join the commit-
“I think the turnout and the
volunteer hours for the airport
are extraordinary,” Councilor
Ron Preisler said. “We certain-
ly could use their help and their
direction. I hope this will get
more people involved.”
Miller said, “We want a pro-
ductive group. We don’t want
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not producing something that
City staff presented two
timeline options for the com-
mittee selection process.
“We would like to go with
the more lengthy route to give
enough time to get some really
highly qualified and interested
individuals,” Miller said.
The councilors chose to
allow for a three-week recruit-
ment process that will end with
interviews on Wednesday, Oct.
21, during a council work ses-
The application deadline
will be Friday, Oct. 9.
For more information on the
Airport Advisory Committee,
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works to bring quality
child care back to area
Early Learning Florence
(ELF) held its initial board
meeting Thursday, Sept. 10,
at the Little Brown Hen Cafe.
Present were the three
founding directors, Rob and
Alicia Spooner, and Margaret
Hammer. The Spooners are
publishers of Oregon Coast
Magazine and Hammer is a
former Siuslaw School Board
member and director of
Planned Parenthood’s office
quickly,” said Rob Spooner.
“Sonshine Kids child care
closed at the end of last week
and we’re anxious to pick
up the slack. In recent years,
there have usually been three
or four state-certified child
care centers in Florence and
now there are just two.”
Amy Mendez-Galvant and
Debra Edwards Rose, the
former operators of Sonshine
Kids, will be working with
ELF with a target opening of
“I’ve been interested in
child care in Florence since
my year as president of the
Florence Kiwanis club a
decade ago,” said Alicia
Spooner. “This is the first
time I’ve been actively
involved and I’m looking
forward to some hands-on
work getting the new center
off the ground.”
Hammer sees ELF as a
continuation of her long-
standing dedication to educa-
“Research has shown that
babies only a few months
old are learning machines if
given the right stimulation,”
Hammer said. “ELF will
make a difference in the
development of dozens of
our youngest citizens.”
The board acknowledged
the generous support of the
Florence Kiwanis Club,
$2,500 to launch the new
center, along with contribu-
The first children accepted
into the center will be in the
preschool range starting at
three years. There is a critical
need for infant and toddler
care, but this more challeng-
ing segment will be on hold
until the preschool operation
is well established.
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Enjoy a frugal fall road trip
Road trips are a staple of autumn for many motorists. Fall foliage
and moderate temperatures make the months of September and
October ideal months to hit the open road for weekend getaways.
Fall road trips rarely take drivers too far away from home, but
traveling can still be costly. Fortunately, there are many ways to
make road trips more aff ordable without sacrifi cing fun.
• Bring your own food. Food is another big expense road trippers
must account for. But you can save money on food by bringing your
own meals along on the trip. Prepare some sandwiches the morning
that you leave and keep them fresh in a cooler so you don’t have
to pay for lunch. In addition, pack some snacks so you and your
passengers can quickly and aff ordably quell any hunger pangs that
arise while you’re on the road. If you plan to stay in a place with its
own kitchen, cook your own dinners so you don’t have to spend
money dining out.
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trip includes an overnight stay, consider alternatives to traditional
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Airbnb.com allows homeowners and even some apartment dwellers
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discounts on rooms.
• Take steps to conserve fuel. Lodging might prove your biggest
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Drivers can cut fuel costs in several ways. Before beginning your
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a hotel that won’t charge for extra guests in the room. Friends and
family also can help split the cost of supplies.
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Road trips are a staple of autumn, when drivers can still enjoy
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