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June 29, 2010 > Niles cleanup sign

Niles cleanup sign

Submitted By Lorna Jaynes

The Niles sign, which had become overgrown with weeds and a bit scruffy, has been spruced up for summer. On a recent Saturday morning, with permission from the property owner, Fay Louie, about sixty Niles residents and LEAF volunteers, armed with various garden tools and guitars, met at the Essanay Cafe in downtown Niles for coffee and doughnuts before heading off in a caravan up the hill to the sign.

Event organizer and LEAF president, Bruce Cates, said the Niles sign had not been cleaned up for many years, but with sixty helpers; work was quickly completed. Many of the volunteers then proceeded to the LEAF center demonstration garden on Niles Boulevard near Joe's corner, where they weeded, planted, thinned crops, and when done, barbecued and enjoyed a jam session with an eclectic mix of local musicians.

LEAF, Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont, is a new non-profit whose mission is to promote sustainable local agriculture and ecological practices, as well as to build community and share culture among Fremont's diverse residents. For more information, go to

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