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Keep Grease out of the Drain

With the Holidays upon us, it is especially important to keep in mind what you are dumping down your kitchen drain. The chefs of the house prepare elaborate meals for family, friends and guests to enjoy. However, during this time, it is easy to forget about the burden the drain pipes at your home may carry. 

Chamber Gives Fiesta Mexicana Back To City

Earlier this week the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to hand control of the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana back to the City. The Chamber has run the Fiesta for the past four years, after the City took it over in 2010 and ran it for a year.

Memorial Bench Installed At Alvah Cowan Park

In June I talked to you about the volunteers, known as the Settlemier Knott Garden Society, who have adopted Alvah Cowan Park, and the work they have done. You can read about that here.

Love Santa Sign-ups Begin Nov. 1

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is nearly upon us. It seems like just yesterday we were rejoicing about beautiful 80 to 90 degree weather we were having!

City's Fall League Program Will Begin Nov. 1

The City of Woodburn's Public Works Department will begin its Fall Leaf Program Nov. 1 and run through Dec. 31. The leaf drop-off site is on Second Street between Lincoln and Grant Streets behind the Post Office and will be open Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The site will be closed Sundays and holidays.

Interchange Project Reaches Another Milestone

Many of you may have noticed the rapidly-changing Interstate 5 interchange project saw a new feature open this week. The new northbound off ramp opened recently, which alleviates traffic that sometimes backs onto the freeway, causing traffic jams.

Boys & Girls Club A Big Asset To Community

By Kathy Figley, Woodburn Mayor

Some of you may have seen the modular building wearing the “Boys & Girls Club” sign at Settlemier Park. Yes, it’s a City-owned building in a City park, and no, it doesn’t have a gym and other facilities some of you might associate with a Boys & Girls Club. But rest assured, it is a branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Marion and Polk Counties.

Water Quality Matters

In the coming months, the rainy season will be upon us again. It is important to remember storm drains are for rain! When it rains, storm water runoff carries anything on your yard (like fertilizer and pesticides) down to storm drains in the street, which go directly to streams, rivers and other waterways.

Backflow Prevention: What it is and why we need it

Would you put anti-freeze in your tea? How about fertilizer in your bath water? Certainly not. However, if a backflow prevention assembly is not working properly, contamination of our drinking water becomes a real possibility.

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