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ODOT resumes Highway 26 safety upgrade work

The Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing its safety improvement project on U.S. Highway 26 from east of Kiwanis Camp Road to east of Mirror Lake.

This spring marks the second season of work on a multi-year project to improve safety on Highway 26 and reduce the number of fatal crashes caused by vehicle crossovers and falling rocks.

From April 1 through Oct. 31, travelers should expect traffic impediments such as lane closures, congestion, 20-minute traffic stops and occasional one-hour closures.

More details can be found at us26mthoodsafety.org.

Library holds slam poetry contest

There is a Poetry Slam at the Sandy Library from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

There will be three categories this year: under 16, 16 and older, and group performance. All poems must be original. For the group category, one or more members of the group must have written the poem.

The Slam form of poetry was created as a way to bring poetry from the world of academia to the average citizen, which is where it was originally born, library event planners explained. Although it is run as a contest, the Sandy Library Slam is designed as a supportive and casual event, they noted.

Pick up information and an entry form at the Sandy or Hoodland library, or register on-line at ci.sandy.or.us/library. Deadline is April 13 to have your name included in the program. Walk-in registration also is allowed.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Sandy Library.

For more information, call 503-784-2044.

Volunteers needed for cemetery cleanup April 18

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Joyce Yam invites community members to join her in the fourth-annual Cherryville Cemetery Cleanup.

The cemetery is located at 52225 Cherryville Drive in Sandy.

Beaverton resident Yam started the cleanup as a way to connect with distant relatives. Seeing the cemetery overgrown with noxious plants, she felt it could use some love and care.

This year, volunteers will once again help to clear headstones and small fallen trees and remove rampant ivy.

Yam suggests volunteers bring gloves, clippers and yard equipment and be ready for anything.

There are no available restrooms at the site, and parking is limited. Yam asks volunteers to be mindful of neighbors while parking on the narrow street. She suggests carpooling.

For safety reasons, the cleanup is not suitable for small children.