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Lane won the 285 pound title at last week’s Far West meet at South Umpqua High School.
Honorable mention goes to wrestler Andrew Tupua. He won the 152 pound championship at the same meet, then went on to win third place at the Cottage Grove Invitational.
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Spoken word poetry, the Rhododendron Festival Junior and Senior Courts; a continuing education program at Lane Community College in Florence, and a fund raiser for the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop will be the topics of conversation on this week’s Our Town.
Host Bob Sneddon will visit with Stephen Fowler and Noah Schultz about how they are turning their lives around. Both were just 17 years old when they were sentenced to 90 months in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority. They’re nearing the end of their sentences and since their incarceration, Schultz has earned two bachelor’s degrees and Fowler is nearing completion of his first.
Five years ago they each experience the power and importance of Spoken Word Poetry. They’ve both become quite accomplished in their writing and oral presentations and they are undertaking an effort to reach out to high school students to let them know they can find their own voice, and maybe change their life as well.
They’re doing it with some help of the Florence Regional Arts Alliance. Bettie Egerton and Karen Brown are joining the conversation to talk about the “Give Youth a Voice” effort. FRAA will host a fund-raising activity on Saturday, February 20th at the FRAA Art Center in Old Town Florence. Proceeds from the “Love Gone Bad, You Done Me Wrong” party will be used to help offset the costs of the project.
Also on Our Town this month will be Cindy Wobbe and Eric Tanikawa. Wobbe is one of two Rhododendron Festival Senior Court advisors. Tanikawa is the Boys’ Junior Court wrangler. The junior boys are a new addition to the festival this year. Wobbe and Tanikawa will talk about the court responsibilities and a few other new “wrinkles”.
Melanie Heard, the artistic director for CROW, the Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshop in Florence will visit Our Town as well. Joining her will be Cameron Utz. Utz was recently cast as “Donkey” in the CROW production of Shrek Jr that is coming later this spring. They too are hosting a fund raiser, theirs will be Saturday, February 13th at the Florence Events Center with proceeds going towards the remodeling fund for their headquarters.
Rounding out the lineup on Our Town will be Marsha Sills, the continuing education coordinator for the Florence Campus of Lane Community College. Sills will talk about how she can help students of any age connect with the classes offered at LCC.
It’s all sponsored by Andy Baber of Edward Jones Investments; Holloway and Associates CPA’s; the Archives Photo Restoration Specialists, and PeaceHealth. It airs on KCST, FM 106.9, Wednesday, February 3rd from 4 to 6 PM; then again the next morning, Thursday from ten until noon on KCFM, AM1250/FM104.1