About 130 volunteers turn out to beautify city

Helpers of all ages came to help with the cleanup.Although ominous dark clouds stacked up in the distance, an army of volunteers assembled at the Fred Meyer parking lot in Cornelius Saturday morning to get the third annual “Take Care of Cornelius Day” cleanup started. An estimated 130 volunteers showed up to get their marching orders, and then fanned out across the community for a day of sprucing up.

The showers held off for the morning event, which included landscaping at Cornelius City Hall and the public library as well as at several parks around the city, painting the Dogwood Park restrooms and picking up trash all around, including along the railroad grades that bracket Cornelius.

“It was a great turnout,” said Cornelius City Council member Dave Schamp. “The key is, every year, more and more come out. I’m impressed with the diversity. We have young, old and older. Everyone is wanting to get involved and make a positive difference. Every year it grows.”

Crews roamed all over, planting begonias, nicotianas and geraniums, including at the “Welcome to Cornelius” signs at the western end of Highway 8.

The volunteers had a variety of reasons for helping out.

Braden Hofeling, a Forest Grove High School sophomore and a member of the National Honors Society, said he was helping out with landscaping work for the day as part of his NHS requirements, and also enjoyed being involved with a positive community NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: DOUG BURKHARDT - Forest Grove High School sophomores (left to right) Michael Dedrickson, Braden Hofeling and Dalin Hofeling were among the volunteers who came out to help beautify the Cornelius community Saturday.

“I wanted to serve the community of Cornelius and honor veterans,” he said while planting flowers at Veterans Park. “This is my first year doing this, but I’ll be back next year.”

Lydia McDonald, a Cornelius resident and veteran of the Air Force, said she just wanted to help beautify her community.

“I just moved to Cornelius, and saw an opportunity,” she said. “Why not make your town more pretty?”

McDonald said she has always enjoyed volunteering.

“My parents instilled it in us as youth,” she explained. “I started picking up trash when I was 5.”

In any case, she added, planting flowers did not feel like work.

“I’m having fun,” she said. “I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Public Works Director Mark Crowell said the city obtained the plants from New Leaf Greenhouse, a Cornelius business.

Jill Crowell (left)  and Lydia McDonald enjoyed planting begonias and geraniums at Veterans Park Saturday morning as part of the Take Care of Cornelius Day activities around the city.“They always do a nice job,” Crowell said, adding that New Leaf’s owner, Ginger Steele, takes a personal interest in the annual project.

“She actually picked the colors this year,” Crowell said. “She supplied the flower baskets too this year.”

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: DOUG BURKHARDT - Cornelius City Manager Rob Drake (right) joined in for the citys annual cleanup day by helping to plant flowers at the Welcome to Cornelius sign at the western edge of the city.

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