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128TH YEAR | ISSUE NO. 92
SERVING WESTERN LANE COUNTY SINCE 1890
Fire destroys home on Arago Street
One man displaced after
unit catches fire
After public survey, Mapleton
School Board elects to keep
high school gym floor mascot
The Mapleton School Board voted unanimously
Wednesday to uphold a community vote to keep
By Damien Sherwood Salty the Sailor as the
school district mascot.
The decision follows
weeks of public deliber-
ation on the mascot’s future.
“We appreciate the engagement of the community
and their willingness to provide their input through-
out the process,” said Board Chair Mizu Burruss.
The vote ended with 188 community votes in
favor of Salty versus 96 to replace the decades-old
mascot with an “M” logo.
Salty the Sailor has been a part of the Mapleton
High School gym’s center design since the 1970s
when it was painted by local artist John Gay.
Elsewhere, the mascot appears on the school dis-
trict website and on the boys’ locker room door.
Salty’s female counterpart, Sally, appears on the girls’
locker room door.
The prospect of changing mascots was raised by
the school board in October in response to the gym
floor’s upcoming resurfacing. As part of ongoing
bond-funded renovations to Mapleton’s schools, the
gym is slated to receive its upgrade in December,
which prompted school officials to question wheth-
er it was time for a new design.
The board solicited ideas from the community,
asking that submissions fit into categories of a new
mascot, symbol, a letter or a combination of the three.
Among guidelines for designs, the board request-
ed that “all submissions exhibit equity to all potential
team participants,” and that they include a descrip-
tion of how the design incorporates that equity.
By Mark Brennan
PHOTOS BY NED HICKSON/SIUSLAW NEWS
The second floor of a duplex on Arago Street caught fire Nov. 14. Siuslaw
Valley firefighters suppressed the fire while Western Lane paramedics
made sure the resident of the lower unit was unharmed.
iuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
(SVFR) responded Wednesday
night at approximately 11:30 p.m.
to a house fire at 4558 Arago Street, just
off of Rhododendron Drive near Heceta
Beach Road. Though the two-story du-
plex was partially destroyed in the fire,
the end result might have been much
worse if not for the barking of a neigh-
George Roach, the resident of the
bottom half of the building that burned,
was awakened and evacuated by next-
door neighbor Rachel (who requested
only her first name be used) after her
dog’s persistent barking drew her atten-
tion to the fire.
“I just thought there was a raccoon
in the yard or something,” Rachel said
of her dog’s barking, which eventually
prompted her to look away from the
television to go to the window, where
she saw flames rolling from the up-
stairs window next door. She then ran
to the burning building to make sure
Roach was out of the structure before
returning home to call 911.
Crews from SVFR and Western
Lane Ambulance District (WLAD) ar-
rived a short time later.
See DUPLEX FIRE page 8A
Helping the people of
In response to the recent devastating fires in Cal-
ifornia, Deadwood resident Shannon Fritz has been
busily collecting goods
By Jared Anderson
to bring down to the af-
fected areas in hopes of
bringing some comfort to
those who lost homes and possessions in the deadly
Camp Fire blaze. The fire has left 63 dead, 631 miss-
ing and decimated the town of Paradise, among oth-
ers. It is the deadliest wildfire in California history.
“I can’t imagine the devastation and horror they’re
going through, to be honest,” Fritz said. “That’s just
horrific, to lose everything. It’s phenomenally devas-
tating. The devastation is horrible.”
Fritz, who grew up in Grass Valley, Calif., knows
the tight-knit communities in Northern California
well, a place where “everybody is going to help ev-
erybody else out,” she said.
S ee DONATIONS page 7A
Local veterans contemplate steps to replace bronze memorial marker
Florence is usually a very veter-
an friendly town. Sunday’s Veter-
ans Day Parade brought together
active and retired members from
all five services on a beautiful sun-
ny day, with service flags flying as
they marched through Historic
Old Town Florence to the applause
of thousands of fellow citizens
along the parade route.
However, there was one dark
cloud in the sky on this bright Vet-
erans Day, according to local vet-
eran Tony Cavarno.
“Somebody stole the brass
plaque from Veteran’s Memorial
Park! I can’t believe that someone
would stoop that low and on Vet-
erans Day no less,” he said.
Cavarno got a call from a fellow
veteran early in the day on Sunday,
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Veteran’s Park Plaque stolen on Veterans Day
By Mark Brennan
Deadwood family gathers
donations for victims of
deadly Camp Fire
See GYM MASCOT page 7A
THIS WEEK ’ S
“He told me the plaque was
missing. At first, I thought may-
be it had fallen down, but when I
went and looked at the spot where
it had been, I was pretty sure it had
been taken,” he added.
Cavarno has filed a police re-
port concerning the theft, but the
prospect of recovering the stolen
plaque is dim — which is particu-
larly troubling to the vet as he has
been involved with the park since
Cavarno is a member of Flor-
ence Elks Lodge #1858, a member
of the “Band of Brothers” group
of veterans and a leader in the
extended community of veterans
MARK BRENNAN/SIUSLAW NEWS
and ex-military members who
make up a large percentage of the Local veteran Tony Cavarno shows where a bronze plaque was
population of Florence. He is also removed from the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Florence last weekend.
establishing a permanent location
one of the members of a group of in the service.
This is the group that first met in Florence for the recognition of
veterans that meets at Old Town
Coffee to informally share stories with the Florence city manager al- veterans.
See PLAQUE page 8A
and reminiscences from their days most 15 years ago to work towards
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