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It’s official: Tree Planting Season is upon us!

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Mick Garvin looks up just long enough to get a picture taken while weed whipping along First Street during UBRA’s annual cleanup. Herald photo

By GEORGE CUSTER/Editor/The Herald —   The last couple of COVID years are behind us, hopefully. With that said, the Oakridge annual Tree Planting Festival (TPF) is gearing up and it’s expected to be better than ever. TPF events will run from this Friday through Sunday.

Kevin Gobelman braves the weather to hang banners announcing the annual Tree Planting Festival Herald photo

Rain AND shine are there for our volunteers

You can see the signs, literally, along First Street where the parade will take place this coming Saturday. Kevin Gobelman didn’t let a little, or even a lot, of rain dampen his task of changing out the street banners to announce the upcoming Tree Planting Festival. Kevin is a volunteer with the TPF committee. When I saw him, he was riding in a rented bucket lift and installing a TPF banner near the post office. Though he was dressed for rain, it still looked like it could be a miserable task.

So, when you’re in Uptown and driving along First Street, look for those banners. Kevin will appreciate it.

Denise Santos, local sign painter, pitches in during the UBRA cleanup Herald photo


UBRA spiffs up First Street

Yesterday, the Uptown Business & Revitalization Association held their annual cleanup along First Street in preparation for the weekend’s events. Members of UBRA met at the Deep Woods Distillery around ten o’clock to lay out their plan of action.

Mick Garvin put the crew into motion with weed whippers, brooms, pressure washers, and an assortment of hand tools. It was a perfect day for working out of doors. By late afternoon, you could see the difference. Weeds were pulled, grass was mowed, and sidewalks were swept.




At least our headlines are not full of shootings, riots, and molestations. Oakridge is a jewel, and this weekend it will shine brightly. Come, have fun, and join in all that’s Oakridge.

Tony Wasserman, of Art Works, and Board member of UBRA, is all smiles with the warm weather during the UBRA cleanup. Herald photo


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