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Its time to suck it up

Cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius help residents clear their yards of annual deluge
by:  Piles of autumn leaves are no match for the mobile vacuum Forest Grove maintenance workers use to make short work of the yearly nuisance.

In case you haven't noticed, it's autumn - and the trees are turning color, right on schedule.

Sure, those brilliant gold and crimson leaves look great up in the trees, but we all know where they'll end up: on the business side of a rake or leaf-blower.

Residents of Forest Grove, Banks and Cornelius may put leaves in their yard debris containers for their regularly scheduled pickup dates, but officials in Cornelius and Forest Grove take extra steps to help residents deal with the annual deluge.

The City of Cornelius will sponsor five Saturday leaf drop-off days at 1300 Kodiak Circle, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, starting Saturday, Oct. 29. Other leaf collection dates are Nov. 12 and 19 and Dec. 3 and 17.

A staff member will be on site to help unload leaves. There is no charge, but residents are encouraged to bring canned food to donate. Call 503-357-3011 for details.

In Forest Grove, city crews started collecting leaves last week. Leaf collection crews try to keep on their schedule, but it's hard to predict when the leaves will fall and how fast they'll come down.

So, the News-Times will publish an updated schedule each week along with maps of the corresponding areas, so that city residents know when the crews will be coming to their neighborhoods. (This week's map appears on page 13A.)

City officials ask that residents not rake leaves into the street until after the dates for their neighborhood appear on the map. They also remind residents that only leaves from curbside trees should be put into the street.

Other leaves can be composted or put out for weekly pickup in yard debris containers provided by Waste Management.

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Forest Grove's leaf collection crews will begin their rounds this week. The News-Times will publish a collection schedule and map each week through January (See page 13A).

If you have questions about the leaf pickup program, call 503-992-3258.