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"Downtown Proud" Clean-Up a Success on May 2

Mon, May 03, 2010

The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association organized a district-wide volunteer clean-up on May 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Approximately 24 volunteers participated in the event, and took on a variety of chores – from pressure-washing moss from sidewalks to picking up garbage, to washing the district’s trash cans and lamp posts. Supplies for the event were donated by a variety of local merchants.
“The event was planned in response to input received at an ADHDA meeting in February of this year,” said Tiffany Estes, president of ADHDA. “People at the meeting said cleaning up downtown was one of the single most important things we could do to help their businesses.”

The May 2 date was chosen purposefully to coincide with Western Oregon Waste’s “Spring Community Cleanup,” when WOW residential customers can dispose garbage at the local transfer station for no charge. The clean-up effort started even before the event date, however, with Boy Scouts collecting trash along the Riverwalk on Earth Day, and Astoria High School students assisting individual business owners in April with specific projects.

“This helped spruce up Astoria, and should be an annual event,” said City Councilor Peter Roscoe, who participated in ADHDA’s “Downtown Proud” clean-up effort. “It really made a difference,” he added.
A committee of ADHDA organized the Downtown Proud clean-up event and is planning a de-briefing this Friday. “The response we’ve heard has been very positive, and the volunteers seemed to have fun carrying out their tasks,” Estes said. “I think you’ll see us on the streets of downtown in larger numbers next year…if not sooner.”

ADHDA holds a general meeting on the first Friday of each month at the Baked Alaska Restaurant at 8:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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