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Siuslaw News
Community Voices
Natural Perspective —
By Emily J. Uhrig, Ph.D
Special to Siuslaw News
t’s the season for backyard bar-
beques, gardening and just gen-
erally enjoying the sun. As you
take part in such activities, you
may notice small dirt mounds
that indicate a mole is also enjoy-
ing your outdoor space.
As nocturnal burrowers, moles
are rarely seen above ground and
molehills are likely the only sign
of their presence. This time of
year, however, young moles leave
their mothers’ nest and strike out
alone in search of their own terri-
tory. Their journey exposes them
Nosing around the garden
to wild predators like owls and
coyotes, but they also fall prey to
domestic dogs and cats who often
leave them uneaten. Indeed, find-
ing your pet’s hunting trophy is
perhaps the most likely scenario
for observing a mole in nature.
Thanks to their underground
existence, many aspects of mole
biology are not well understood,
but one area of interest is the
mole’s nose. Vision and hearing
are of little use in a subterranean
lifestyle, so moles rely mainly on
their noses — but not just for
Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue —
we got it!
Recently, Siuslaw Valley, Ma-
pleton and Swisshome Dead-
wood fire departments received
a $224,600 Regional Grant from
FEMA for new fire hose.
After it was all said and done,
our order consisted of $160,186
worth of hose, for which we paid
$8,812, after matching 5 percent.
This grant is one of the many
efforts SVFR has made towards
partnering with our upriver sis-
B y P ete “B oa ” W arren
ter departments to help improve
Recruitment & Retention
emergency response to all citizens
Coordinator for SVFR
and visitors of the Siuslaw region.
hat is synonymous with
Just how much hose does a
firefighters? Hose — and quarter of a million dollars buy?
By Barry Sommer
Special to Siuslaw News
was enjoying lunch with a
good friend the other day at
the Brown Hen Café on High-
way 101 near Historic Old Town
Florence. Languishing in the
warmth of conversation, the
sunshine and blue sky got the
old grey matter spinning. Once
the sparks subsided the ques-
tion coalesced — where was our
Main Street, and do we even
have one?
I mean, every town has a
“Main Street,” don’t they? Main
Street is as American as apple
fritters, tow-headed, freck-
le-faced kids on bikes and
Fourth of July parades. I knew
we had to have one and I wanted
to discover its whereabouts.
I figured that Main Street
would be obvious everywhere.
All cities, towns, villages and
burgs have a Main Street (or so
I thought) and it should be the
first, or prime avenue when the
town was laid out by its found-
Oh wait — the first street laid
out would be called First Street,
so isn’t First Street the number
one (pun intended) street name?
And if so, where does Main
Street fit in? Ah, the questions
are now starting to pile up like
traffic on Main Street at the only
signal light in town.
Now it was a search. I had
to solve the mystery and find
our Main Street, so I began by
looking up the top 10 most used
street names in America. To my
surprise I discovered that in Or-
egon, Main Street doesn’t even
break into the top 10. In Oregon,
as with many other states, the
top street name is Second Street.
So why isn’t First Street the
top name? My laptop was silent
but for this explanation from
the Washington Post; The most
convincing explanation anyone
has come up with so far is that
in many towns the primary thor-
oughfare is Main street instead
of First street. Because those
two names split the honor, so to
speak, they tumble in the rank-
ings. But if true, why is Main
Street not the number one name
if it is indeed the primary histor-
ical thoroughfare? And isn’t all
this an insult to Second Street as
well? Ah, now my hair was be-
ginning to hurt. I needed to find
out what states have Main Street
as their primary road and more
importantly, will the answer
reduce the follicle throbbing?
Hint, it didn’t.
There are only two states that
have as their number one road
Main Street — Utah and Maine.
Yes, the jokes write themselves,
but in the interest of not offend-
ing Mainers, I’ll let them go for
Florence has Second Street,
but is it a Main Street? Maybe, as
it does connect with Bay Street.
Highway 101 is not Main
Street even though it hosts pa-
rades and other gatherings.
Main Street should pass directly
through the oldest part of a town
— and skirting the western edge
of Old Town as 101 does is not
quite close enough.
And how about Bay Street,
does that qualify as our Main
Street? Well it is the street that
accesses Old Town, starting
from behind the Dairy Queen
at the north end of the bridge,
but few use that route anymore.
That way was one of the original
different animals. Unlike gophers,
moles are not rodents, but rath-
er are members of an insect-eat-
ing group of mammals. This diet
means that moles can be bene-
ficial to a garden by removing
harmful insect pests. Their dig-
ging also aerates the soil and can
improve drainage.
However, these positive activi-
ties are usually underappreciated,
and moles tend to get a bad rap.
Molehills are considered unsight-
ly and, although moles eat little or
no plant material, their digging
after the home’s smoke alarm ac-
tivated. The scary statistic is that
now, that has been cut down to
only 3 to 4 minutes to get out.
Fires are burning faster and
hotter, and our fire hoses get
damaged quicker.
Different sizes of hose are
needed depending on the size of
the fire. As we say, “Small fire,
small water; big fire, big water.”
We received over 10,000 feet of
Large Diameter Hose (LDH). We
use this as supply hose to pump
water into those ever so thirsty
water tanks on our apparatus.
Previously, we used to pull two
hoses off the first arriving engine
and connect to the hydrant. With
LDH, one hose is all that’s need-
Amongst the order was wild-
land, attack and supply hose. Ad-
ditional adapters and necessary
items to facilitate the new hose
Main Street
paths from the highway down to
Old Town before the bridge was
Today, getting to Bay Street
usually entails for most of us
a turn from either Second or
Third streets off Highway 101,
where the sign for Old Town is.
So let’s see if I can connect the
dots on the map. First through
Fourth streets connect with Old
Town, but Second Street is a di-
rect connection to Bay Street.
Using historical logic, mirrors
and incantations, Bay Street is
for all intents and purposes the
Main Street for Old Town. Sec-
ond to Bay to Main. My three-
legged stool is now complete.
Of course, this solves the im-
mediate problem of our Old
Town Main Street, but it does
not address where Main Street is
outside of Old Town.
To be called Main Street, there
should be specific requirements,
and those include buildings over
100 years old, almost no electric
traffic signals, a speed limit of
no more than 25 mph, sidewalk
sitting for people watching, free
parking, a slower atmosphere
with softer conversation and
the immediate scent of coffee
swirled with history.
Highway 101 has little if any
of these identifiers.
No offense to the 101, but if
I want to see the richness and
the past of Florence, I won’t get
it from whizzing past Pizza Hut,
Safeway, pot shops and innu-
merable gas stations. If I want
to get from the bridge to Fred
Meyer with little visual distrac-
tion and only three signals, then
101 is the way. If I want to see,
feel and breathe the bones of our
town I look for a place to rest on
Main Street. Sorry, Bay Street.
Wait, Second Street…
The soul of a city rests in its
past. However aged a town is,
whether new like Dunes City,
created in the mid 1960s, or
really old like Coos Bay, which
sprang to life in the mid 1850s,
finding the Main Street is where
the story starts.
Finding that perfect free park-
ing space helps a lot too.
Next Date is July 21
9am to 2pm
at the Kingwood entrance to the airport,
located at Kingwood & 27th St.
Small Utility Trailer
(Single Axle)
To help you understand your options, we've included
descriptions of some of our leading services on our website.
4480 Highway 101 Building G
Mon/Tues (541) 997-2319
1680 Chambers St.
(541) 683-3351
2150 Hwy. 101 • Florence
(541) 997-3475 • 1-800-348-3475
Large Utility Trailer
Greater than
20 cubic yards
$21 +$5/yard over
• Tree Clippings
• Leaves
• Grass Clippings
• Weeds
• Prunings
• Brush
Bring your:
• Food &
Household waste
• Animal Waste
• Plastics
• Construction
• Hazardous Waste
For questions, please contact the
City of Florence Public Works Department at 541-997-4106
120 Maple Street
Phone: 541-997-4435
Hours Open: Wed-Fri 11am-5pm,
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm
Classes, Workshops & Events
Poetry Writing Class with Jeff
Writers on the River - Creative
Writing w/ Catherine Rourke -
Tuesday, September 11th, 6-8 pm. All
levels welcome! Recapping a bit to get
back into the swing of it. Short readings,
exercises, why we write poetry! Contact
Jeff for questions and registration:
Writing to Heal Your Life
Saturday, July 28th 10 am - 12 noon
Journaling/storytelling for transformation.
Perfect for those who journal, write short
stories, poetry or memoir. All writing levels
and genres, Contact: , 541-708-2120
Painting with John Leasure 

Saturdays 9 am - 12 pm
No painting experience required.
Contact: or
541-991-2754 for details and fees.
Let Paul show you a new car or truck.
Stop by today!
Medium Utility
(10-12 ft)
From routine checkups to treatments for surgery,
Eugene Foot and Ankle Health Center is equipped to handle all your podiatric needs.
Heel Spurs
Ingrown Toenails
Plantar Fasciitis
Sports Medicine
Pickup load
Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons
Crush Injuries
Diabetic Foot
Comprehensive Rearfoot and
Reconstructive Surgery
Flat Feet
Fungus Toenails
Foot and Ankle Fractures.
also came with the order.
So, if you see some shiny new
yellow hose on our rigs, you’ll
know, our grant writers were
once again burning the mid-
night oil, saving our district vast
amounts of money.
Yard Debris Disposal
Eugene Foot and Ankle
Health Center
Achilles Tendon
Ankle Instability
Ankle Sprains
Arthritic Foot & Ankle Care
Athletes Foot
can damage roots. As a result,
many folks attempt eradication.
However, the success of remov-
al tactics is often short-lived,
as the moles’ territorial nature
means that removing one simply
provides space for a new mole to
move in.
So, if you see evidence that a
mole is calling your yard home,
consider learning to live with
him. He’s undertaken a perilous
journey to get there and, if you
can look past his reputation as a
pest, he may even help your soil.
We’ve been Hosed!
Well, consider a Boeing 787 cruis-
es at about 41,000 plus feet. That’s
the length of hose we received.
Then we started receiving it.
Pallet after pallet started filling
our logistics building until it
seemed like it was going to burst
at the seams.
Why new hose? Well, like ev-
erything else, hose wears out.
Hose typically lasts about 15
years. Today’s fires are not like
those of days gone by. Nowa-
days, fires burn hotter due to all
the products made with synthet-
In the 1970s, a person had an
average of 17 minutes to escape
Notes from the Siltcoos —
smell. The nose is highly sensitive
to touch and tapping it on surfac-
es and objects provides the mole
with information about its envi-
The skin of the nose is covered
in small bumps, each of which is
a complex sense organ containing
many nerve endings that, when
pressed against something, pro-
vide fine details of texture. In this
way, a mole “sees” with its nose.
Although folks commonly re-
fer to moles and gophers inter-
changeably, they are actually very
Whimsical Hand Building
Ceramics w/ Alissa Clark
Wednesdays, 3-5 pm & Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Open Lab Ceramics on Saturdays
Drop in, work at own pace. Sat 12-5 pm
Call Alissa with questions, 503-957-5222.
All ceramics classes held at Alissa’s
Studio. 180 Laurel Street.
Big Wave Poetry 1st Tuesday
Open Mic
Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm.
Admission is free and refreshments will be
Next Art Change-Out Day
Monday, September 10th, 9-11 am
Please pick up your artwork and bring
something new to help keep the art at
FRAA fresh to our visitors.
For more information about classes, visit To register for
these classes, please call or visit FRAA at our Art Center on Maple Street.