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Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
Oregon Main Street Conference

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 12:00pm
2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 11:00am
RARE Fall Training


St. Helens welcomes new Main Street coordinator

At the St. Helens City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, council members welcomed a new face to the community to fill the role of Main Street Program coordinator. Anya Moucha, who started her 11-month assignment last week, came to St. Helens via the Rural Environments, or RARE, program as an AmeriCorps volunteer through the University of Oregon. Applicants for the RARE program are matched up with various cities that are looking for help in specific areas of development.

New Main Street coordinator greeted

REEDSPORT — Reedsport welcomed a former resident back to the city, as she begins a new job as the city's Main Street Coordinator. A “meet-and-greet” was held at the Umpqua Discovery Center on Sept. 15. Katie Lockard will take over Main Street duties from Emesha Jackson, who completed her 11-month role as an Americorps RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) employee. Lockard is also with the RARE program. The evening also gave the city a chance to tout the Main Street effort.

Nearly 100 help with beautification project

Nearly 100 Creswell community members have stepped up to help improve the look and feel of Oregon Avenue through the Creswell Beautification Project, which kicked off last Saturday, May 16, with an inaugural work party held in conjunction with the City’s annual City-wide Clean-Up event. With help from a local painting company, Derminer Painting and Woodcare, volunteers worked to power-wash and paint the facades of six downtown business’ storefronts between Front Street and Third Street along Oregon Avenue, power-washing sidewalks and picking up trash.

New Earth Day venue boosts student involvement

Service projects and science learning stations abounded during Creswell’s Sixth Annual Earth Day Celebration, held April 24 in the field area between Creslane Elementary School and Creswell High School, and also incorporating both school gardens.

Hundreds turn out for a ‘Taste of Creswell’

Approximately 45 Creswell and surrounding area businesses participated in an exciting, new, business-oriented event, The Taste of Creswell, held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 at Creswell Community Center.


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