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Entries had to be made of recyclable or reusable materials to which participants could add paint, glue, glitter etc.

Plastic bread sack closers, pull tabs, corks, bottle caps, breath mint tins, cardboard, old eye glasses, coffee cups and coffee cup covers. These materials and more were used to fashion unique and charming Christmas tree ornaments for the City of Lake Oswego's inaugural Recycled Ornament contest. Entries had to be made of recyclable or reusable materials to which participants could add paint, glue, glitter etc. to create their holiday bauble.PMG: BARB RANDALL - City of Lake Oswego staff members decorated this tree with ornaments entered in the Citys inaugural Recycled Ornament contest. All the ornaments had to be made of recyclable or reusable materials.

"People were very creative," said Bonnie Hirshberger, the Citizen Information Specialist for the City. "I didn't get an exact count for entries but estimate we received about 75 ornaments."

She and Diana Smith-Bouwer, the Project Specialist for the City's Citizens Information Center, came up with the idea.

"The City encourages people to be more sustainable, to think about what they purchase — is it local, how is it packaged, etc. — and how they handle material when they are finished with it — can it be reused or recycled, donated etc.," Hirshberger said. "This contest was a fun opportunity to find ways to be creative and reuse what some might consider to be garbage. We'll definitely do it again next year!"

Winners include:

Most unique: Cindy Gellinger's snowman, made of her husband's broken reading glasses, a child's sweater and beads.

Best featuring Lake Oswego's history or landmarks: Melissa Holland who created a replica of the Oswego iron furnace using newspaper, napkins, tissue paper, wool, twigs, cardboard, hemp cord, a metal ring, charcoal, paprika, embroidery floss, staples, glue, hodge podge, a metal hook, water and flour.

Best use of natural materials: Patricia O'Brien for her honeycomb angel, made of abandoned honeycomb from their West End Lake Oswego apiary, reused copper cookie cutter, metal chain from shoe labels, twine from clothing labels.

Youth: Ninon Perrot's owl, made of a toilet paper roll and scrap paper.

The decorated tree was donated to Clackamas Women's Services' The Village, an emergency shelter for individuals and families displaced by abuse and violence. The Village provides a supportive living environment in which survivors can leave disrupted home lives, regain their strength and individually shape the ways they want to move forward in the world.


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