Clean-up around Keizer city hall considered a success

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If things look neater and cleaner around Keizer Civic Center this week, there are 40 pairs of hands to thank. Mark Caillier organized the Claggett Creek Watershed Council’s second annual clean-up last Saturday, Feb. 22. Originally the event was going to take place Feb. 8 as well, but snow and ice that weekend meant everything got done in one day. The activity actually started the day before as noted Keizer horticulturist Wilbur Bluhm looked at the various trees and bushes, noting which ones should be pruned and which ones shouldn’t be. “We had three pruners on Saturday,” Caillier said. “They were pruned so they will grow right.” Caillier said 40 people showed up, including 12 volunteers from the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Willamette University and eight volunteers from the McNary High School ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) program. “Those two groups, I can’t say enough about them,” Caillier said. “They were in the hardest places to pick things up.” Keizer Rotary – of which Caillier is a member – was represented by 14 volunteers and donated materials and equipment for the three-hour project. Loren’s Sanitation provided a 30-yard drop box for trimmed material, while several groups such as the city, Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association, Earth Tech, Jim’s Lawn Service and McKinley Landscape provided equipment. “We collected almost 40 yards of debris,” Caillier said....

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