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      Main Street Ottumwa, IHCC Horticulture Club collaborate to beautify downtown

      A new collaboration between Main Street Ottumwa and Indian Hills will help beautify the downtown area.

      Around ten volunteers and members from IHCCâ??s Turf Grass Technology Program spent a couple hours of their day making flower baskets. Once any chances of a frost advisory are over, these baskets will be hung from over three dozen light posts around downtown. MSO's new spring banners were put on the light posts over the weekend.

      "My students and the students involved with the horticulture club have taken on the project of helping main street get their baskets started," Neric Smith, IHCC Landscape & Turfgrass instructor said. "They're hanging baskets around downtown Ottumwa to kind of give them a jump-start for spring and before we can hang those out in public."

      "This is just part of broader sort of effort in the community to beautify downtown," Bob Untiedt, MSO director said.

      Untiedt expects the baskets to be hung by the first week of May. The next downtown beautification project MSO will be participating in will be "Make Ottumwa Shine." The Indian Hills Horticulture Club will also be selling flower baskets at the collegeâ??s Scholarship Auction on Saturday April 26th.