Leaves Available for Gardeners

EUGENE, Ore. — While many of us are trying to get rid of our leaves, others are signing up to get them delivered to their homes. About 75 percent of the leaves collected in Eugene during leaf pickup get delivered to homes, 20 percent to community gardens, and a small amount goes to commercial recyclers. … Continue reading »

Corvallis-Albany Bike Path Proposed

CORVALLIS, Ore. — There’s a debate in Benton County over a proposed bike path that would connect Albany and Corvallis. On Tuesday night, the planning commission will talk about the issue. The question of a bike path is: where would it go? The county has been working on this project for years and has already … Continue reading »

MECCA Holds Create Something Day

EUGENE, Ore. — There were alternatives for those Black Friday shoppers who wanted to avoid the major retailers. The Material Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA) hosted its Annual Create Something Day instead. The event is all about people making their own gifts. While it didn’t have the traditional deals to draw people in, organizers … Continue reading »

Interview: Create Something Day

EUGENE, Ore. — The crowds will rush out to malls all across the country the day after Thanksgiving, but there’s a greener alternative to Black Friday. It’s called Create Something Day put on by MECCA. People will be making gifts out of reuse materials in an effort to reduce our waste during the holiday season. … Continue reading »

Friends of Trees Looking for Volunteers

EUGENE, Ore. — Mid-November is a great time to plant trees. Friends of Trees plans to plant hundreds of trees, and the group needs your help. Organizers are looking for a variety of volunteer roles from tree planters, pick up truck drivers, registration volunteers, and people who might be interested in donating food for a … Continue reading »

Lane County Leaf Collection Begins

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County begins its leaf collection program Monday, Nov. 17. Public Works crews plan to come collect your leaves, weather permitting. Leaves must be in the roadway, but away from parked cars, storm drains, gutters, bike and traffic lanes and curbs. Lane County will not pickup leaves on sidewalks or in private … Continue reading »

Students Create Mural of Bottle Caps

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield Elementary School is showing off its new mural, and it took them nearly a year to round up the supplies. A group of fourth and fifth graders at Guy Lee Elementary, called the Green Team, collected 15,000 bottle caps to create a mural. The coral reef themed piece consists of … Continue reading »

Water-Permeable Parking Lot

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon State University Extension Office in Eugene did a little green renovation Wednesday. The office moved one step closer to having a water-permeable parking lot. The project has been in the works for six months and the idea is for the new parking lot to allow water to soak in instead … Continue reading »

Smartphone App for Eugene Cyclists

EUGENE, Ore. — A phone app can help make your cycling much smoother this fall. You can download iBike Eugene to any Android or iPhone. If you see any debris, surface defects, or even dead animals on bike paths, just take a picture, upload it, and the GPS coordinates will be sent to Public Works. … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Winter Plants

EUGENE, Ore. — It is the end of the planting season, but we’re not done planting just yet. There are some plants that you can get in your yard–or maybe you already have them in your yard–that are going to help you get through winter. Here are some suggestions from Johnson Brothers Greenhouses in Eugene. … Continue reading »

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