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Volunteers pick up trash, pull weeds and sweep sidewalks to prepare for fall community events.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Volunteers cleaned up the streets of downtown Gresham to prepare for a busy schedule of fall events. A group of community members and business owners volunteered Sunday morning, Aug. 14, to clean up and beautify downtown Gresham in advance of a series of fall events that will bring visitors to Main Avenue.

The cleanup was hosted by the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association and the city of Gresham. From 8 a.m. to noon, about 75 volunteers of all ages, including Mayor Travis Stovall, City Manager Nina Vetter and Councilor Janine Gladfelter, donned gloves, grabbed trash pickers and made their way along downtown streets and parking lots. Treats and coffee were donated by members of the Downtown Business Association, while the city had gloves and bags.

The focus was picking up trash, removing small branches, sweeping sidewalks, pulling weeds and any other cosmetic work needed to prepare for the final Third Thursday, the return of the annual Teddy Bear Parade, the Hood to Coast Relay, Safe Trick-or-Treat and other fall events.

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