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Students clean up Gladstone, OC

by: PHOTO BY: KYLIE WRAY - Gladstone Mayor Wade Byers (from left, back row), US Bank Branch Manager Patrick Gyurica, US Bank District Manager Ken Riedel, Major Doug Thomas of the Oregon City High School JROTC, and cadets Noah Brown and Nathan Frazier, seniors at OCHS.Youth from Gladstone and Oregon City High School’s Junior ROTC program will work alongside adults for the 10th annual Gladstone Cleanup and Enhancement Day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

by: PHOTO BY: KYLIE WRAY - Tulips bloom along the Main Street in Oregon City where members of the Oregon City High School JROTC planted bulbs and cleaned up gardening plots.Students will plant of flowers, install bird’s-nest boxes and generally clean up nearly 1/2 mile of McLoughlin Boulevard in Gladstone — just as they did recently in downtown Oregon City.

Cleanup coordinator Jerry Herrmann said they expect a good turnout since it is the city’s 102nd anniversary. SOLVE, the city of Gladstone and U.S. Bank (with a $400 grant) sponsored the event.

Noah Brown, an OCHS senior in the JROTC program, said that he got involved with the program for opportunities to better himself, a chance he’s getting with the cleanup projects he has been involved with. Herrmann was looking for a youth group he could count on and feels he has definitely found that with Major Doug Thomas’ program.

“It’s amazing, the amount of service they do,” said Herrmann, who is hoping that members of the public will come and help with the cleanup.



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