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Voices
TEEING OFF AT NEW
GOLF TOURNAMENT
SPORTS — B
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128TH YEAR | ISSUE NO. 57
FLORENCE, OREGON
SERVING WESTERN LANE COUNTY SINCE 1890
‘You’ve got to help out in some way’
Power of Florence’s new student organizers talk about their experiences with volunteering, coordinating event
By Jared Anderson
Siuslaw News
“I
f your community is so
awesome that people are
willing to give up their Satur-
day to help out other people,
that really shows who we are
as a town,” Ava Glowacki said.
“We’re pretty cool people.”
Ava, along with her mother Ella and
her best friend, Faith Lumadue, are
officially taking the reins of the Power
of Florence this year. The two 13-year
olds were given the opportunity after
the event’s original founder, Kaylee
Graham, graduated from Siuslaw High
School this June.
They’re also extremely nervous
talking about the program.
After giving the opening quote, Ava
looked at her mother with a smile, ask-
ing if the quote worked.
“That was good,” Ella said.
“Yeah, you should quote me on that,”
Ava said.
JARED ANDERSON/SIUSLAW NEWS
This year’s Power of Florence leaders are Ava Glowacki and Faith Lumadue, two Siuslaw Middle School
13-year-olds who have officially taken the reins from founder Kaylee Graham.
There’s a lot to organize. As of right
now, there will be 14 volunteer groups
giving their time on the event, from
cleaning the Oregon Coast Military
Museum to adding bark and removing
weeds from the front of Siuslaw High
School.
As for events, there’s the free pan-
cake and scrambled Egg Breakfast at
the United Methodist Church, the
Power Walk through Old Town (the
official start of the day at 9 a.m.) and
the Party in the Parking Lot on High-
way 101, which will have more than
30 booths devoted to raising funds
for various causes around the region.
There will also be live entertainment
and vehicle demonstrations from local
and state agencies.
How the three got involved with
such a monumental task started when
Kaylee asked Ava and Ella out for cof-
fee.
“We thought, ‘Oh, that sounds fun!’”
Ava said. “So, we go there, sit down,
have a hot chocolate, and then we talk.”
There’s a lot to be nervous about.
three have put in countless hours or- making sure that everything goes off
Since they became involved, the ganizing and publicizing the event, without a hitch.
See HELPING page 6A
Lane County Sheriff K9 Unit
receives local donations
By Mark Brennan
Siuslaw News
MARK BRENNAN/SIUSLAW NEWS
New Executive Director David Montes has joined Florence Food Share, 2190 Spruce St.
New director begins at food share
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Florence Food Share has hired a new exec-
utive director to manage the organization’s
distribution
By Mark Brennan food
pantry,
located at
Siuslaw News
2190 Spruce St. Da-
vid Montes has been
hired to fill the position which was vacated by
Norma Barton in April.
Montes has previous experience working with
and for nonprofits, and he seems confident in
his ability to step in and take the leadership
reins at food share
“During my 18 years working in social service
nonprofits, I’ve had a supervisory, managerial
and fundraising roles in the areas of child abuse
prevention, hospice, early childhood develop-
ment, developmental disabilities, life skills ed-
ucation and work with runaway and homeless
youth,” Montes said. “In my most recent role,
before moving to Florence, I was the client ser-
vices director for multiple pregnancy centers
and maternity homes with Living Hope Cen-
ters.”
Monte was drawn to the position at Florence
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Food Share in part due to the manner in which
the pantry works individually with clients.
“I’m a strong believer in empowering people
to improve their quality of life. I was impressed
with the Client Choice Model at food share,
which allows people to choose for themselves
what products they receive,” he said. “Another
facet was food share’s partnerships with several
local organizations who do their part in meeting
the needs of our community, such as Helping
Hands and Habitat for Humanity.”
The new director is also concerned with pro-
viding educational opportunities for interested
clients and feels that offering nutritionally ori-
ented services is an important element in the
organization’s toolbox.
“Empowering our clients through healthy
nutrition education is also a part of Florence
Food Share’s culture that caught my attention,”
Montes said. “This includes our Cooking Skills
demonstration on Wednesdays, which uses in-
gredients grown in our garden and is funded
through Siuslaw Vision 2025.”
See FOOD SHARE page 9A
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Lane County Sheriff ’s Of-
fice (LCSO) recently received
$1,000 in financial donations
from Florence Elks Lodge
1858 and local veteran’s group
Band of Brothers to help pay
for advanced K9 training for
“Hektor,” a 20-month-old Bel-
gian Malinois, and his human
handler, Deputy Raymond
May.
Hektor and May are the new-
est addition to the LCSO and
are preparing to participate in a
multi-week, advanced training
program, which costs $4,500.
Sharon and Tom Armstrong
are members of the Elks Lodge,
and they decided to try to con-
tribute to the costs associated
with the additional training
after seeing a press release de-
scribing the need for financial
support from the community
for the advanced training.
Tom is a member of the un-
official group of local veterans
known as the Band of Brothers
and a longtime member of the
Elks.
The Band of Brothers meets
weekly at the Elks Lodge, and
Tom brought up the idea of
making a donation for the
training at a recent meeting.
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Lane County Sheriff’s
Office’s newest K9 Unit,
consisting of Deputy
Raymond May and
Hektor, received money
from local residents to
help with training.
“The Band of Broth-
ers takes up a collection
on a regular basis, and
when the fund builds
up to a certain level they
want to find a commu-
nity-based project to
support,” Sharon said.
“So, when they saw the
picture of the dog in
the Siuslaw News, it
grabbed their attention and
they thought that would be a
great way to show our support
for law enforcement and con-
tribute to a worthwhile cause.”
Tom then contacted the
LCSO and eventually spoke
with Hektor’s handler, May.
May and Hektor had received
their initial training but were
preparing to learn more so-
phisticated techniques and
procedures that would benefit
the entire county.
May was appreciative of the
donation being considered and
agreed to make the trip to Flor-
ence to introduce the dog to
the people that were donating
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money to assist in the K9 pair’s
advanced training.
“When Deputy May called
back, he said he would bring
the dog to a meeting — and
that really convinced the group
it was the right fundraiser to
get involved in,” Sharon said.
“When he spoke to our group,
he was very funny, and the dog
was so impressive, we knew we
had made a good choice.”
She said that when the time
for the presentation of the
check arrived, she was sur-
prised at the reaction of those
in attendance.
See DONATION page 10A
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