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Ashbridge said the ani-
mals are currently being
housed at an animal wel-
fare agency where their
condition is being ascer-
tained, leading to appropri-
ate treatment.
Dollman is currently the
animal technician at the
Oregon Coast Humane
Florence. She was previ-
ously cited and found
guilty of the neglect of
three horses and one dog in
2013. She has also been the
subject of accusations
regarding animal abuse by
former volunteers at the
Also on Dec. 21, OCHS
cancelled the organiza-
tion’s monthly public
board meeting, which was
to be held Dec. 22.
Volunteers and staff at
the shelter declined to
comment, citing a directive
from legal counsel.
However, one volunteer
indicated that the board
meeting was canceled due
to the holiday, and not
Dollman’s citations.
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based on a community’s unique
assets, character and heritage. It
is also part of the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department.
“They’re all talking about the
same stuff, but they are totally
separate,” Huntingdon said of
the similar titles of the TV series
and the program. Both groups
also target the “downtown” of a
city, or the main street that pre-
serves the character of a small
Oregon Main Street will work
with DRT and individual busi-
nesses, such as Marianne
Brisbane’s Waterfront Depoe, on
necessary projects, such as build-
ing improvements, to show that
“historic preservation = econom-
ic development,” especially in
DRT’s area.
“Small Business Revolution
— Main Street,” if it chooses
Florence for its third season, will
work with businesses not only in
Old Town, but also along
Highway 101, which will be
highlighted as the area’s true
“main street” as the ReVision
Florence Streetscaping Project
takes place in 2018.
In an early stage of the selec-
tion process for the TV series,
DRT invited business owners to
fill out a survey for Small
Business Revolution. One of
those was Michael Falter, owner
of City Lights Cinemas.
“I saw this as a great opportu-
nity for Florence to share its
unique traits,” Falter said. “I
filled out the questionnaire, and
they made contact back soon
Representatives from Small
Business Revolution asked
Falter about his movie theater,
interest in the arts and working in
small towns.
“I was happy to be part of that
conversation and that opportuni-
ty for Florence to shine,” Falter
Huntingdon said, “They’ve
been really nice and enthusiastic.
I’m sure they’re nice to every-
body, but they’ve been very good
to work with so far. … They
sound kind of like small town
folks themselves. I look forward
to meeting them in person.”
DRT and Huntingdon began
working with Falter to host a
“Small Business Revolution —
Main Street” Preview & Q&A on
Thursday, Dec. 28, at 6 p.m.
“City Lights has become a
well-known public gathering
space,” Huntingdon said. “We
also thought it would be fun,
since we’re streaming the series,
to offer people a night of enter-
tainment. Hopefully we’ll get
more interest that way.”
City Lights will stream two
episodes from “Main Street”
Season Two before allowing
people to ask DRT members
questions and get more informa-
“We picked episodes that
relate the most to our business-
es,” Huntingdon said. “Our goal
is for everyone to understand
what this is. It’s a great series
with a lot of good tips, and the
production value is very good.
Florence can really benefit from
The event will be at the cine-
mas, 1930 Highway 101, and is
open to the public.
“This is giving Florence a
chance to put its best foot for-
ward,” Falter said. “The episodes
I’ve seen really showcase the
towns. Personally, I believe in
small towns. I’m really excited
for the evolution an opportunity
like this can bring.”
He is also interested in how
the arts can work as a “financial
incubator” to develop the area.
“We’re uniquely positioned to
utilize the momentum we can
gain from this series,” Falter
DRT plans to bring in area
partners when the Small
Business Revolution team visits
the following week.
“The cool thing about DRT is
we have representation of basi-
cally every major public organi-
zation as part of that group.
Everyone works together,”
Huntingdon said. “And there are
private interests and business
owners as well.”
Huntingdon and Florence City
Manager Erin Reynolds will lead
the team on a whirlwind trip
around Historic Old Town and to
potential businesses. If there is
time, the group will visit the
Recreation Area and Heceta
Head Lighthouse. Aero Legends
has also offered to take them on
a biplane ride.
“We want to market to them
that one of the things that makes
Florence unique is all the recre-
ational activities we have sur-
rounding the city,” Huntingdon
While six businesses have
been featured in the previous
seasons, Huntingdon has no idea
how many could be selected in
“They’ll get a feel for the
businesses they want to feature
when they visit — probably a
different business mix from what
they’ve featured in seasons one
and two,” she said.
Chosen businesses will each
get an episode in the season and
will split $500,000.
“If this series is awarded to
Florence, this will be a great
opportunity not only for the busi-
nesses that are chosen to receive
the funds, but for everyone to
work together and get some
Huntingdon said. “It’s good to
remember that things that hap-
pen downtown do affect all of
Florence. We’re all in a partner-
ship together. People that are
drawn to downtown are going to
explore the rest of it. It’s all a
In addition, City of Florence is
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hosting a welcome reception for
the Small Business Revolution
team on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at
Florence Events Center, 715
Quince St., from 5 to 7 p.m.
Members of the public and eco-
nomic development stakeholders
are encouraged to attend the
event to “meet and mingle” with
the TV team, including “Main
Street” host Amanda Brinkman.
There will also be refreshments.
As for what community mem-
bers can do now until Jan. 3,
DRT is asking for people to
make social media posts — and
continue to be involved as long
as Florence remains in the run-
“Get on any social media
account and share what you love
about working or living or own-
ing a business in Florence, with
the hashtag ‘MyFlorence,’”
Huntingdon said. “You just need
to talk about the town you love.
That helps people get involved.”
After the site visit to Florence
and the other top towns, Small
Business Revolution will narrow
the selection to five. In mid-
February, the series will open a
public vote to ultimately choose
the winning town. At the end of
February, the series will begin
the application process for the
featured small businesses.
Filming for the third season will
span March to June 2018.
For more information, visit
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or 541-902-1509.
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