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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy 150th Birthday Oregon!!!

Can you say Sesquicentennial? The word is not easy to pronounce but the events and plans for its celebration are taking shape all over Oregon!

The first event for my hometown coming up will be a Baker Prairie Cemetery Cleanup Day, scheduled for May 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Baker Prairie Cemetery is on the Oregon Register for Historic Cemeteries, and it is in need of some TLC. We're going to be cleaning headstones and markers (soft bristle brushes and water), trimming tall grass and digging out weeds around the headstones, trimming the arborvitae and other shrubs, and generally just sprucing up the Cemetery. Join us and bring your garden tools, gloves, rakes, garbage bags, buckets and brushes. Hot dogs, chips, coffee and water will be provided by CHS, and Sharon and Bob Henry will be serving it up out of their RV. Cross your fingers that the weather will cooperate, and we hope to see you there! CHS feels like having a great big party for Oregon's birthday, and you're all invited! We're bringing back an old favorite which used to be popular with folks around here. The event is still in the planning stages, but a Pioneer Picnic is on the agenda and planned for late July. Date, time and location will be announced, but early ideas call for everyone to bring their own picnic lunch, and CHS will provide Lemonade, coffee and a gigantic birthday cake. We'll have games and activities for kids, maybe some locals with a Canby story to tell, lots of photos to bring back memories, some displays to look at, and neighbors and friends to wile away the day with. For future announcements, check out the Canby Historical Society website.

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