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A little spring cleaning

Flowers, cigarette butts and weeds commingled Thursday morning as Nevada City business and government leaders went through a yearly ritual to beautify downtown.

Members of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Nevada City Downtown Association, two groups occasionally criticized for not working together, tackled the same mission Thursday: Clean up the historic city center.

For the fifth year, chamber and City Council members hung flower baskets from gas lamps on Broad Street, Commercial Street and nearby avenues.



This year, the association joined the beautification effort by pulling weeds, sweeping, trimming hedges and power washing sidewalks.

“We’re sweeping up a lot of cigarette butts and debris,” said Jim McConnaughay, Nevada City Downtown Association chairman.




For chamber member Barbara Tanner, the flower baskets were an easy choice.

“(The baskets) enhance the charm of Nevada City, as opposed to hanging big banners,” Tanner said. “We do want to maintain the character of being a Gold Rush town.”

About 61 business owners paid $50 each to suspend baskets arranged by Weiss Brothers Nursery in Grass Valley, said Diane Dyer, who organized Thursday’s event for the chamber.

Councilmembers Sheila Stein, David McKay and Barbara Coffman all joined chamber members in their efforts.

Petunias, million bells, bacopa and ornamental grasses in varied arrangements now hover over downtown sidewalks.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion .com or call 477-4234.


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