Volunteers band together for Oregon City cleanup successes
Oregon City High School students, including those involved in the wrestling, baseball and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JORTC) programs, turned out in force for two recent cleanup events in response to February's destructive ice storm.
On Saturday, March 20, the Oregon City Optimist Club and city officials organized volunteers from OCHS and the general public to clear out debris from 50 households who were physically unable or lacked the equipment necessary to haul fallen trees and branches from their properties. City Commissioner Denyse McGriff and OC Public Works Director John Lewis were among those who turned out for the event.
Previously, over 45 youths and adults banded together on Saturday, March 13, at Oregon City's Clackamette Park to stabilize trees affected by the regional ice storm and beautify the park with new native plantings and flowering bulbs. Carrie Young's new business, Slice of A City, joined forces with volunteers and leadership from Oregon City's Rotary Club, OCHS students and JROTC cadets to plant nearly 100 native plants and establish protective zones around nearly 20 huge riverside trees.
"I was really impressed with the amount of work they got done," said John Waverly, Oregon City parks operations manager.
Oregon City Garbage Company's Pam Bloom acquired several thousand late spring and summer blooming bulbs to beautify the park that was heavily affected by the ice storm. Rotary Club President Marcia Wimmer and JROTC Major Doug Thomas were amazed at the community and youth's work, which included moving and placing nearly 100 cubic yards of mulches.
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