Originally published in The Oregonian, SW Weekly, Saturday, July 16, 2011

About eight or nine years ago, Paul and Peggy Osborn of West Linn decided to pick up litter on the sides of the highway near their home on Buck Street.

“It gave us a chance to walk together and do some good in the community,” Peggy Osborn said.

Then, in 2006, they read a newspaper item about a need for West Linn volunteers for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program. The Osborns decided to sign up officially. They took the portion of the highway near their house, walking the two miles on both sides of the road from Buck Street to Interstate 205 to the intersection of Hidden Springs Road and Oregon 43.Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.B.J. Willy’s and the off-ramps and up the hill to the high school. We find garbage stuck in the bushes.”http://www.oregonlive.com/west-linn/index.ssf/2011/07/west_linns_paul_and_peggy_osborn_have_been_on_litter_patrol_for_nearly_a_decade.html

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers are required to log hours four times a year, but the Osborns go out two or more times a week. Paul Osborn retired last year as administrative pastor at

“We find coffee cups, cigarette packs, cellophane and coins,” Paul Osborn said. “The hot spots are near

Jim Nelson, ODOT permit specialist, Region 1, District 2 A, whose region includes Oregon 43 in West Linn, said the department provides garbage bags and a road sign identifying the volunteers who keep up a certain stretch of highway.

“It is very unselfish of them to do that,” Nelson said. “It’s a big thing, to offer to pick up the community’s trash. They are unsung heroes.”

The Osborns note that people show their appreciation in simple ways. Said Paul Osborn, “People toot the horn all the time and yell out saying, ‘Thank you!’ “

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