Saturday is Woodburn Proud Clean-Up Day. Participants are asked to meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. for orientation. People will disperse into groups, with a finishing time around noon.

This annual event is certainly something that should be observed more often in this town, but it’s a yearly reminder of the good that can be done if everyone pitches in, coming together for the greater good of the Woodburn community.

It’s easy to sit back and complain that downtown business owners don’t take care of their store fronts. It’s easy to blame neighbors for the weeds growing in the right of way. If we really want something done, why don’t we roll up our sleeves and be part of the solution? Saturday is your chance to show that you’re proud to live in this community and will do your part to help beautify its streets.

Saturday is also a reminder of the good in this town. Woodburn Proud formed after the 2008 West Coast Bank bombing that killed two police officers and injured Woodburn?Police Chief Scott Russell. Since then, Woodburn Proud has encouraged citizens to wear blue and to display blue ribbon stickers on their vehicles and store fronts.

While recent claims from within the Woodburn Police Department paint a picture of harassment and leadership problems, we as the citizens of Woodburn can look beyond that struggle and be reminded that there is still much in this small city that we can be proud of.

But it can only happen if we work together for the common good. Sure, Woodburn has its weaknesses, but it also has its strengths. Let volunteerism and community spirit be one of those strengths, and let that spirit shine as we work together Saturday to keep our city beautiful.

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