Several large, sealed boxes that have washed up on central coast beaches over the past few weeks are creating quite a stir in the online UFO-watcher community. The boxes are about 4 feet by 6 feet, and are about 20 inches high. Three have been spotted on the beach near Bray’s Point, about 15 miles north of Florence.
Two more on the sand near the South Jetty of the Siuslaw River at Florence. One on-line story refers to the boxes as being ‘warm to the touch’ and ‘vibrating’ as if they harbored some hidden power.
Oregon State Parks Beach Ranger Trisha Wymore has seen the two at Florence. She says they appear to be floats from beneath docks that have been washed to sea by recent flooding.
They’re constructed of several layers of plywood and the interiors are filled with foam. They’re sealed with a fiberglass coating and marine paint. Wymore said she will likely contract with someone to remove them from the beach ahead of next month’s annual spring beach cleanup.
Senator schedules town hall meetings
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkeley will be in Western Oregon this weekend and through the first part of next week. First up will be a meeting at Cottage Grove City Hall, Sunday Evening at Seven. Monday morning at ten, the Senator will talk to members of the Reedsport Community at the high school cafeteria. Then at one that afternoon he’ll be at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.
Belk singled out as Florence’s top volunteer
Florence Mayor Phil Brubaker singled out the top volunteer for the city last night in a special recognition event. The nearly 90 attendees… all volunteers with various city departments… rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to police volunteer Andi Belk. Belk is the coordinator of the police department’s neighborhood and business watch programs and has devoted countless hours to the community.
The two-day Confluence Beer, Wine, Seafood, and Music festival gets underway this afternoon at four at the Reedsport Community Center. The two day festival will feature several local food and music offerings, as well as Oregon wines and micro brews. A two-day pass is $16; one day passes are ten dollars and are available at the door.