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State Sen. Bill Kennemer joins forces with Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall, former Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley

COURTESY PHOTO: AIDAN MCNIECE  - Jerry Herrmann (from left) organizes a Feb. 20 cleanup event with former Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley, Jerry Miller, Joshua Beckham, State Sen. Bill Kennemer, County Clerk Sherry Hall and Cody Hinze.New State Sen. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby/Oregon City) joined forces with Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall and former Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley to clean up and plant seasonal bulbs at Clackamette Park with other community volunteers.

"After this terrible episode of ice and resulting destruction, we thought it was time to not just clean up debris but also plant late spring and summer bulbs to celebrate getting past all of this," Kennemer said.

Appointed to fill a vacated senate seat on Feb. 1, Kennemer's district includes Oregon City, Gladstone, Canby and Estacada. Neeley assisted in cleaning up downed limbs, trees and debris cleanup with youth volunteers from Rivers of Life Center, while Hall was pleased with others to be planting hundreds of bulbs sponsored by Pam Bloom of B&B Leasing (Oregon City GCOURTESY PHOTO: AIDAN MCNIECE  - Joshua Beckham cleans up debris that fell during the February ice storm at Clackamette Park in Oregon City.arbage Company). Bloom's company purchased several thousands of bulbs from a supplier in Wisconsin that would allow species of Narcissus, native Iris and other flowering species to provide for a late spring and summer bloom season not otherwise available at Clackamette Park. Sponsors of the event included the Oregon City Rotary Club, Oregon City Garbage Company and Rivers of Life Center.

Rivers of Life President Jerry Herrmann originally scheduled the cleanup for the weekend of the ice storm, but undeterred by having to cancel the event, rescheduled it for Saturday, Feb. 20.

"Obviously, this is a good time for a cleanup," Herrmann said. "I think it's appropriate that the Bloom family sponsored something that beautified everything after this mess we've been having."

On Saturday, March 13, Herrmann is asking for more volunteers to continue the park beautification, mulching and planting of native species. These plants, which will include more late spring and summer bulbs, are intended to support songbirds and mammals native to the 30-acre riverside landscape.

COURTESY PHOTO: AIDAN MCNIECE  - County Clerk Sherry Hall and State Sen. Bill Kennemer plant bulbs on Feb. 20 in Oregon City.Herrmann said that JROTC program members from various Oregon cities will be in force with volunteers from the community for the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, food provided. Groups and individuals are asked to call and register at 503-260-3432 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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