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12/2/2016Lane President recruitment; Pearl Harbor; Mapleton dealing with grief; Nativity Festival; Lane County website. Three finalists to interview for Lane President post The search for the successor to Lane Community College president Mary Spilde (SPILL-dee) has been narrowed down to three finalists. Dr. Margaret Hamilton, Vice President for academic affairs at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey; Dr. Peter Maphumulo, Vice President for instruction at Victor Valley College […]
12/2/2016Viking wrestlers split pair of meets; Beaver basketball with a loss; prep and college schedules. Central Coast Challenge Siuslaw wrestlers split a pair of dual meets last night on the mat in Florence.  Reedsport came out on top 36-30 over the Vikings, while Siuslaw beat North Bend 36-9.  In the third meet of the evening, Reedsport demolished North Bend 51-6. Top performers for Siuslaw were Richard Huff at 120 pounds; […]
12/3/2016Community comes together in wake of student's death.
12/3/2016Filling up Empty Bowls.

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The Cellular Connection brings matchless customer service and competitive wireless pricing to Florence

Largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer makes charitable donation to Relay for Life in celebration of new location

MARION, Ind. (Aug. 10, 2012) The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., announces today the opening of its first store in Florence, Ore., marking the sixth location for the company across the state. The new store, located at 2775 Highway 101, offers customers the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices and accessories.

On Aug. 17, TCC will host a grand opening event for the Florence community with a ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at noon. Local radio station KCST-FM (106.9) will host a live remote from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Customers will have a chance to spin a prize wheel if they sign a new two-year activation or upgrade. They can also register to win a free Bluetooth headset among a variety of other prizes and promotional items. In celebration of the new store, TCC made a charitable donation to Relay for Life's event on August 10.

"Rapid changes to our industry keep us on our toes," said Scott Moorehead, president and CEO of TCC. "Not only do we need to stay up-to-date with the latest changes in technology, but we need to relay that information to our customers so they know they've got the best device for their needs. By doing everything we can to improve the customer experience, we hope to change the way people feel about shopping for wireless devices."

TCC's long-standing relationship with Verizon Wireless coupled with its buying power allows the company to make its services more accessible to customers while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive pricing. The company sets itself apart from the many other cell phone retailers today by offering superior customer service. At big box stores, customers are just the next person in line. At every TCC location, customers get personalized, one-on-one attention. Upon entering the new store, guests are greeted by a digital welcome screen informing them on all of the latest and greatest products and new "hot" deals.

To learn more about TCC, visit www.ecellularconnection.com. Consumers can also find more information about the company at http://www.facebook.com/tcctalk and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

About TCC

TCC is the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S. with more than 800 locations across 28 states. Founded in Marion, Ind., in 1991 by Steve and Phyllis Moorehead, TCC owes its success to its ability to hire top-notch professionals who understand the meaning of customer service. For media inquiries, contact Megan Lawler at 317.202.2280 XT. 13 or email her at megan@dittoepr.com.

To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit http://www.ecellularconnection.com.

Name: Tim Collier
E-mail: collier@nwhousing.org
Phone Number: 503 654 1007 x113

Tim Collier 503 654 1007 x113
Northwest Housing Alternatives

Local non-profit preserves critical affordable housing for seniors and families who earn low-incomes in Florence Oregon.

Siuslaw Dunes apartments were in danger of market rate conversion that would have displaced seniors and families with children who earn extremely low-incomes and rely on this vital affordable housing.

  • 45 units-65 residents

  • Average household income under $10k

  • Affordable since 1982

  • Will remain affordable for another 20 years, preventing displacement of any current tenants.

  • $2.5 Million acquisition. Permanent funding sources: Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Oregon Housing & Community Services Trust Fund and Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credits, Green Grant provided by Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, Enterprise Community Partners and Meyer Memorial Trust, Permanent Lender and LIHTC Investor (to be determined).

  • Northwest Housing Alternatives will rehab the property focusing on interiors, windows, heating and improvements for residents with special needs. If funded in 2012, rehab would begin in early 2013 and take approximately nine months.

  • Siuslaw Dunes accounts for 5.3% of area current demand for affordable housing, conversion to market rate would have been a disaster for current residents.

Organization Bio:

Northwest Housing Alternatives is the largest non-profit developer of affordable housing in Oregon, providing safe, dignified and affordable homes to over 2,500 people in 1,658 units spread throughout 17 Oregon counties. Siuslaw Dunes will be enhanced with NHA's Resident Services program to deliver information and referral services, eviction prevention, emergency food boxes, educational programming and community building events to the apartment's residents.

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"John Hamblock, W.D.L.F. Smith and myself took the contract of sawing white cedar for exportation and before finishing the said cargo the two former partners withdrew and I shipped the cargo on my own account. This lumber was shipped on the Florence E. Walton, Capt. Kane, during the month of April 1861."

Pioneer History of Coos and Curry Counties by Orvil Dodge (1898)

"The Florence Walton was wrecked on the coast between Coos Bay and Rogue River."

History of Oregon: 1848-1888 by Hubert Howe Bancroft (1888)

"In 1880 an Indian found a plank of driftwood that turned out to be the nameboard from the three-masted bark Florence, which had sunk offshore in a storm in November 1875. Someone leaned the ten-foot board against the general store, then nailed it above the door of a hotel, which was later designated as the post office. Thus the settlement was conveniently named Florence because there was a sign available with the name already on it."

She's Tricky Like Coyote by Lionel Youst (2005)

"Captain William A. Cox is one of the founders of Florence [Oregon], having owned the property and platted the site upon which that town later has grown to be one of the thriving and important commercial cities in Lane county, this state."

The Centennial History of Oregon: 1811-1912 by Joseph Gaston (1912)

"Florence [Oregon]. This little town is situated near the mouth of the Siuslaw [River] and was founded in 1876 by Duncan & Co., who established a cannery, and A.J. Moody, a store. In December 1883, a steamer drawing fifteen feet of water and carrying two hundred tons of freight entered the river and from this point carried away two hundred tons of salmon, thus proving beyond a peradventure the practicability of navigation spoke of above. There are also two stores, a hotel and a cannery, and a population of about two hundred."

Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon by Albert G. Walling (1884)

"On July 7th [1880] there was created the precinct of Florence [Oregon]. All that portion of Richardson precinct lying west of the summit of the Coast Range of mountains; and the Florence hotel designated as the place of voting."

Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon by Albert G. Walling (1884)

"I regret to report that Florence [Oregon], on the coast, was named not for the beautiful Italian city but for an early Lane County state senator, A.B. Florence. (Now that you know the truth, hold the secret tight lest our sophistication melt away, showing us up as strictly provincial types.)"

The Other Side of Oregon by Ralph Friedman (1993)

"Florence [Oregon] by the Siuslaw River is a fishing town and the trading point for framers of the small Sisulaw Valley. Formerly row boats and one lungers, boats powered by one-cylinder marine engines were used for valley transportation. Errands were run, children taken to school, and parents went to churches and sociables in boats, frequently powered by the winds or the tides. George Melvin Miller, brother of Joaquin Miller, the poet, helped develop the town. Florence holds and annual Rhododendron Festival. The Siuslaw River Bridge is another in the series carrying the highway over a difficult route."

Oregon: End of the Trail by State of Oregon Writer's Program (1940)

"Florence [Oregon], a Siuslaw River-mouth fishing town and a trading post for farmers of the narrow Siuslaw Valley. In spring and early summer, rhododendrons run riot over hills and lowlands and are celebrated in the showy Rhododendron Festival held the latter part of May."

Oregon for the Curious by Ralph Friedman (1972)

"The father south you travel on Highway 101, the more rural and sparesely populated the coast becomes. On the plus side, that means fewer crowds, little traffice, and rarely a line for anything. On the downside, of course, it means fewer choices in restaurants and lodging and fewer amenities when you do find a place to stay. The fact is that there is nothing very romantic about many of the communities straddling the southern portion of 101--but if you venture a few miles east or west, you might easily find yourselves someplace unexpectedly charming. Florence [Oregon] is just such a hidden gem..."

The Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest by Kate Chynoweth (2003)

"Florence is one of the few towns on the Oregon coast with historic character. Set on the banks of the Siuslaw River, it is filled with restored wooden commercial buildings that house restaurants and interesting shops."

Frommer's Oregon by Karl Samson (2004)

"Intersected by the deep, green Siuslaw River, Florence is surrounded by the beauty of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The geography here--and for 50 miles south--is devoid of the trademark rugged Oregon coastal headlands. Instead, expansive, wind-sculpted sand dunes dominate the landscape..."

Best Places Northwest by Giselle Smith (2004)

"In 1957, Frank Herbert chartered a small plane and flew to Florence, Oregon, to write a magazine article about a research project being conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA had discovered a successful method of stabilizing sand dunes, planting poverty grasses on the crests of dunes to keep them from encroaching on roads and buildings. Experts were travelling to Florence from all over the world to see the project, since many areas were experiencing problems similar to those occurring in the Sahara Desert, where advancing sands were causing severe damage. Frank Herbert was very excited abou the article, which he titled "They Stopped the Moving Sands." He sent a detailed outline to his agent, Lurton Blassingame, along with photographs. The agent expressed only lukewarm interest and refused to send it out to publishers until it was reworked. Ultimately, Frank Herbert lost enthusiasm for the magazine article, and it was never published. It formed the beginning, however, of more than five years of intense research and writing that would culminate in Dune."

The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson (2006)

"Florence [Oregon] is home to the most photographed lighthouse in the US..."

Roadtripping USA by Caitlin Claire Vincent (2007)

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