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The three signs were restored with new paint and lettering to honor the city's official flower

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The southern entrance to Newberg on Highway 219 is now adorned with a renovated sign in keeping with the designation of Newberg as 'The Camellia City.'

The three welcome wagons in Newberg recently got a facelift and are now honoring the city's official flower.

Lindsey Klemmer, a project specialist in the city's public works department, said the three signs on Highways 99W and 219 are now back in place, after having been taken down for "rehabilitation, fresh paint, proper bases and landscaping. It was a good time to update the signs to include the Newberg Camellia flower."

Public Works Director Jay Harris said the signs -- which were repaired, repainted and are now "looking really good" -- are the "portholes to the community" and added there will be upgrades to landscaping and lighting in the future as well.

In 2016, Newberg was proclaimed as "Oregon's Camellia City" by a City Council resolution and the move was echoed a year later by the state Senate. As directed by the resolution and former Mayor Bob Andrews, the signs were taken down and updated to reflect the city's status as the Camellia City, with camellia flowers added.

The council in 1949 unanimously designated the camellia as the official city flower. The city hosts the annual Camellia Festival to honor the flower and the city's history. In 1997, then Mayor Donna Proctor unveiled the official camellia flag for the city. In 2017, Newberg was home to the American Camellia Society convention.

The improvements weren't limited to the signs alone.

"The signs and sign bases were also completely repainted and restored and the landscaping around the signs is being improved," Klemmer said. "Now our signs are a renewed, vibrant reminder that Newberg continues to be 'A Great Place to Grow.'"

Pike Signs and Graphics completed the repainting, lettering and maintenance work on the signs.


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