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Lake Oswego Chamber volunteers hang more than 200 flower baskets in Lake Oswego Saturday morning to help beautify the city.

More than 50 volunteers spread throughout Lake Oswego to hang more than 200 flower baskets on Saturday.

Sophia Ranta prepares to hang a basket neat Our Lady of the Lake.Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce volunteers were up at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday hanging more than 200 flower baskets all over the city. By 8 a.m. the 50 volunteers had completed their mission just as local residents began to greet the day.

The Village Flower Basket program is managed by the Lake Oswego Chamber and funded by donations from the community.

Even though the baskets are up, funds are still needed to cover the watering expense. Each basket must be watered every day, rain or shine, to assure that the plants will survive until September. The total cost for each basket, including watering, is $250.

If you'd like to make a donation to Lake Oswego's Village Basket Program, contact the chamber office at 503-636-3634.

Volunteers start arriving at the Lake Oswego Chamber office as early as 4:30 a.m. to start the process of hanging the baskets.

Ashley Coke prepares to hook a basket in downtown Lake Oswego on Saturday, May 18.

This group of volunteers hung more than 40 flower baskets in downtown Lake Oswego. More than 200 flower baskets were hung throughout Lake Oswego. Shown clockwise starting at the bottom are: Gary Stein, Chris Martin, Miles Haladay, Sophia Ranta, Cary Gatewood, Kit Katanic, Ashley Coke, Ian Monihan and Laura Janes.

Baskets can weigh up to 60 pounds each and require team work to manually hang each basket.

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