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Press Release:

The Oakfield Betterment Committee will be holding its first Box Car Derby on Saturday, September 2 as part of its annual Labor Daze Festival. We are looking for boys and girls from all of the GLOW region between the ages of 7 to 13 to participate. Register your child at www.oakfieldbetterment.com. For more information call Scott at 716-218-6000.

There will be a Junior Division of 7-10 year-olds and a Senior Division of 11-13 year-olds. We will have 16 openings in each division and spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Sign up now as openings are filling fast. The deadline to register is Monday, August 7 and the registration fee is $20 per child.

Family discounts may apply. Registration fees can be paid by cash, check, or Venmo. Checks should be made out to Oakfield Betterment Committee. Official Cars will be provided by Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby Association. Cars will be available 2-3 weeks before the event for participants to customize.

The Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby Association will conduct a clinic for children and adults to ensure a safe race and give the children some basic car-building skills. Participants will be required to install the outer shell and wheels on the chassis. Practice session will be held on Friday, September 1 to ensure a safe event. 

Cars are required to be turned in after the event as they are being leased by the Oakfield Betterment Committee. Trophies will be provided for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and all participants will receive a prize. This should be a good old-fashioned, fun event to be enjoyed by participants and fans alike. A special thanks to the GDEDC and the Rochester & Genesee Valley Workforce Development Institute (WDI) for partnering with us to make this event happen.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/labor-daze-to-feature-inaugural-box-car-derby/635581#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/labor-daze-to-feature-inaugural-box-car-derby/635581 Jul 6, 2023, 10:10am Oakfield Betterment Committee Labor Daze to feature inaugural box car derby Press Release <div class="align-center"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-07/pic-2.jpg?itok=usNuYHdG" width="800" height="495" alt="pic-2.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>The Oakfield Betterment Committee will be holding its first Box Car Derby on Saturday, September 2 as part of its annual Labor Daze Festival. We are looking for boys and girls from all of the GLOW region between the ages of 7 to 13 to participate. Register</p></blockquote>
Photos: Oakfield Haunted House https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-oakfield-haunted-house/620792
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Things were spooky in Oakfield on Saturday evening with the Oakfield Betterment Committee opening up a haunted house.

Photos submitted by Jamie Lindsley

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-oakfield-haunted-house/620792#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-oakfield-haunted-house/620792 Oct 30, 2022, 8:18pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Photos: Oakfield Haunted House Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-10/img_5144oakfield.jpg?itok=Mr2DvHDC" width="460" height="274" alt="img_5144oakfield.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Things were spooky in Oakfield on Saturday evening with the Oakfield Betterment Committee opening up a haunted house.</p> <p><em>Photos submitted by&nbsp;Jamie Lindsley</em></p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-10/img_5146oakfield.jpg?itok=uxoQx7fA" width="460" height="345" alt="img_5146oakfield.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-10/img_5148oakfield.jpg?itok=qMuL46zR" width="460" height="317" alt="img_5148oakfield.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-10/img_5141oakfield.jpg?itok=eI0HJspl" width="460" height="613" alt="img_5141oakfield.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p>
Oakfield Betterment Committee offering prizes for Halloween decorating contest https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oakfield-betterment-committee-offering-prizes-for-halloween-decorating-contest/619812 Press release:

Sign up for the Oakfield Betterment Halloween Decorating Contest! Deadline to sign up is October 17th. Decorations to be judged on October 18-21 by the community. 

Winners get a gift card to Oakfield or Alabama business of their choice: 

  • First place: $100
  • Second place: $50
  • Third place: $25

Winners will be announced at our Halloween party on Oct. 22nd and on social media. The contest is open to the Oakfield Alabama School District residents. 

Sign up here.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oakfield-betterment-committee-offering-prizes-for-halloween-decorating-contest/619812#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/oakfield-betterment-committee-offering-prizes-for-halloween-decorating-contest/619812 Oct 14, 2022, 8:13pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Oakfield Betterment Committee offering prizes for Halloween decorating contest Press Release <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>Sign up for the Oakfield Betterment Halloween Decorating Contest! Deadline to sign up is October 17th. Decorations to be judged on October 18-21 by the community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Winners get a gift card to Oakfield or Alabama business of their choice:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>First place: $100</li> <li>Second place: $50</li> <li>Third place: $25</li></ul></blockquote>
Big weekend planned in Oakfield for Labor Daze https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/big-weekend-planned-in-oakfield-for-labor-daze/615244
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Three days of fun, food, music, and activities to celebrate Labor Day start tomorrow in Oakfield.

It's the 38th Annual Oakfield Labor Daze, which includes Oakfield's annual parade at 10 a.m. on Monday.

The family-friendly event is alcohol-free and centers around Triangle Park in the Village of Oakfield. 

Along with live music, food, children's events, and the parade, there is a car cruise, 5K race, fireworks, craft vendors, and a community worship service on Sunday.

For more information, visit the Oakfield Betterment Committee's website

Photo:  Members of the Oakfield Betterment Committee and helpers at Triangle Park during event preperations today, Joel D'Alba, Maria Thompson, Maxxum Waterson, Chris Marcott, Lincoln Waterson, Christopher Dickens, Jamie Lindsley, Scott D'Alba, Darla Allen, and Jeff Allen. Photo by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/big-weekend-planned-in-oakfield-for-labor-daze/615244#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/big-weekend-planned-in-oakfield-for-labor-daze/615244 Sep 2, 2022, 6:31pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Big weekend planned in Oakfield for Labor Daze Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-08/img_2685labordaze.jpg?itok=NIAvOWx4" width="460" height="248" alt="img_2685labordaze.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Three days of fun, food, music, and activities to celebrate Labor Day start tomorrow in Oakfield.</p> <p>It's the 38th Annual Oakfield Labor Daze, which includes Oakfield's annual parade at 10 a.m. on Monday.</p> <p>The family-friendly event is alcohol-free and centers around Triangle Park in the Village of Oakfield.&nbsp;</p> <p>Along with</p>
Photos: Winter Wonderland at Memorial Park in Oakfield https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-winter-wonderland-at-memorial-park-in-oakfield/585260
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For the first time this year, the Oakfield Betterment Committee installed Christmas decorations for the first time this year in Memorial Park, 17 Main St.

The "Winter Wonderland" light display is a walking tour on the paved paths of the park.

"This is OBC’s gift to the community for their support of Labor Daze and other events," said committee member Jamie Lindsley. "We hope to make this an annual project and would like to undertake even more projects to improve our community for all."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-winter-wonderland-at-memorial-park-in-oakfield/585260#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-winter-wonderland-at-memorial-park-in-oakfield/585260 Dec 22, 2021, 11:00pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Photos: Winter Wonderland at Memorial Park in Oakfield Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-12/oakfieldmemorialparkchristmas2021.jpg?itok=MHUX2mPY" width="460" height="262" alt="oakfieldmemorialparkchristmas2021.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>For the first time this year, the Oakfield Betterment Committee installed Christmas decorations for the first time this year in Memorial Park, 17 Main St.</p> <p>The "Winter Wonderland"&nbsp;light display is a walking tour on the paved paths of the park.</p> <p>"This is OBC’s gift to the community for their support</p>
Oakfield Betterment Committee delivers full schedule for 3-day Labor Daze https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/oakfield-betterment-committee-delivers-full-schedule-for-3-day-labor-daze/571212
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Several new elements have been added to the return of Oakfield’s Labor Daze three-day event this weekend. A new location for an old favorite promises to be spectacular, Oakfield Betterment Committee President Jamie Lindsley says. 

“It will be a high velocity, rapid-fire, dazzling fireworks display,” she said while setting up the venue Thursday evening. “Because of the ongoing capital improvement project at the school, the fireworks will be in the Town Park on Drake Street. It’s a more intimate setting.” (Rain date is Monday.)

Although fireworks usually cap off an event, this one on Sunday is tucked in between a jam-packed schedule that begins with the Oakfield 5K at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and ends with basket and cash raffle drawings at 8:30 p.m. Monday. 

New elements include the 5K course, which will begin and end at Triangle Park to keep it “central to this location,” Lindsley said. Participants — walkers and runners alike — can still register at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the event will go to Genesee Cancer Assistance in honor of longtime Oakfield resident Ralph Esten Jr., who lost his battle with cancer at 40 in June of this year. Fee is $30, and medals will be awarded to top winners.

There will be plenty of parking Lindsley said, in municipal lots on Main and Drake streets and on side streets.
Kids shouldn’t be bored with a bustling line-up of activities for children and teenagers from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The Kiddie Fun Daze will feature Just Clowning Around Magic Show at 12:15 p.m. and “lots of prizes for kids’ games,” Lindsley said. 

Other new components are some tasty additions to the regular festival fare of hamburgers, hotdogs and kielbasa. Sweet corn on the cob and walking tacos will also be on the menu. Never had a walking taco? Open a bag of crunchy Doritos tortilla chips and top it with ground beef, various taco seasonings, sauce, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream. Then add a fork and go. Anywhere. Hence, the walking part of the taco has become a hit at parties and other special events. A few food trucks will round out the smorgasbord of appetite quenchers. 

A parade boasting marching bands and newcomer Buffalo Ghostbusters will line up at the fire hall and begin at Seneca and Main streets. Spectators should plan to be there about 30 minutes early before road closures prevent them from getting a good spot on the parade route between Seneca and Drake streets/Route 262.

Buffalo Ghostbusters, with their signature logo of a red circle and slash mark over a ghost holding a chicken wing, features what the name implies: a fun group of aptly dressed ghostbusters with related gear and vehicles. The parade is at 10 a.m. Monday as a craft show of 35 vendors begins an eight-hour selling fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Musical entertainment will fill the air all three days, with everything from country and classic rock to honky-tonk and a tribute to the Beatles. That kicks off with the Hastings Duo at 1 p.m. Saturday and Hit N’ Run to close the event from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. 

All of this has been pulled off by a strong core of eight board members, a dozen regular committee members, and “hundreds of volunteers,” Lindsley said. A late decision to move forward with the event meant little lead time (they began about three months ago), and more chores outside of their regular day jobs.

“It typically takes 12 months to plan an event,” Lindsley said. “It’s only possible with a really incredible and talented team. Every one of our members is busy during their workday, and they put in many hours here.”

Committee Vice President Ritchie Kirkum added that a slate of generous donors also made Labor Daze feasible. The event was missed during its pandemic-related hiatus in 2020.

“We’re excited to bring it back after a year. We want to see everyone back and together at Triangle Park,” Kirkum said while helping to build food stands. “We’re really grateful for the sponsors.”

Yet another new offering this year is the big cash raffle. The grand prize is $10,000. Tickets are $25 and only 1,000 are being sold, he said. Proceeds from the cash raffle will help to offset the expenses of the event and go toward future community improvement projects and other committee goals. Kirkum and Lindsley noted the in-kind services donated by the village and town, such as assisting with necessary permits, road closures, and signage for the event. 

Given the event’s epicenter is Triangle Park, it is only fitting that a small celebration is to honor the longtime staple of this community. Triangle Park was gifted to the community in 1921. Oakfield Historical Society members will pay tribute to the park’s 100th birthday with a centennial dedication and a little local history at 11 a.m. Sunday. 

The only other item on their list now is good weather. A recent forecast shows moderate temperatures in the 70s and cloudy sunshine. 

“We’re really happy it’s not going to be in the 90s, and it will be cooler weather,” Lindsley said, acknowledging perhaps the only activity that’s truly climate dependent.  “There’s also a car cruise. We’ve had up to 80 cars in the past. We’re hoping for great weather ... I wouldn’t be surprised if we have quite a few.”

The 2021 schedule for Labor Daze at Triangle Park is below:

Saturday, September 4:

  • 9 a.m.: Oakfield 5K Run or Walk
  • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Kiddie Fun Daze
  • 12:15-2:00 p.m: Balloon Artis
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m: The Hastings Duo
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m: The Old Hippies
  • 7:00-10:00: Mr. Mustard

Sunday, September 5:

  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Home Grown Gospel
  • 10:00-6:00 p.m: Craft Show
  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Church Services
  • 11:00-1:00 p.m:  Craig Wilkins
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m: Car Cruise
  • 1:00-3:00 p.m:  Genesee Ted
  • 3:30-6:30 p.m: Rebel's Posse
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m: Ninety West

FIREWORKS!

Monday, September 6:

  • 10:00 a.m.: Parade
  • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m: Craft Show
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m: Alexander Firemen's Band
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m:  Blonde Over Blue
  • 3:00-6:00 p.m: Skycats
  • 6:00-9:00 p.m:  Hit n' Run
  • Basket and cash raffles to follow

Photo: File photo by Howard Owens

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/oakfield-betterment-committee-delivers-full-schedule-for-3-day-labor-daze/571212#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/oakfield-betterment-committee-delivers-full-schedule-for-3-day-labor-daze/571212 Sep 3, 2021, 2:19pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Oakfield Betterment Committee delivers full schedule for 3-day Labor Daze jfbeck_99_272012 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-09/labordazeparade2018.jpg?itok=KxfwqIG7" width="460" height="307" alt="labordazeparade2018.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Several new elements have been added to the return of Oakfield’s Labor Daze three-day event this weekend. A new location for an old favorite promises to be spectacular, Oakfield Betterment Committee President Jamie Lindsley says.&nbsp;</p> <p>“It will be a high velocity, rapid-fire, dazzling fireworks display,” she said while setting up</p>
Sponsored Post: Join us for the Oakfield Labor Daze September 4th-6th https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-join-us-for-the-oakfield-labor-daze-september-4th-6th/570859

Oakfield Labor Daze will be held September 4-6 at Triangle Park, in the village of Oakfield. This year marks its 37th year. There will be three full days of live music, plus food vendors, craft show, basket raffle, HUGE $15k CASH RAFFLE, Kiddie Fun Daze, Car Show, Parade, balloon artists, fireworks show and much more. The entire list of entertainment, food & events can be found at OakfieldBetterment.com or on Facebook @OakfieldBetterment

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https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-join-us-for-the-oakfield-labor-daze-september-4th-6th/570859#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-join-us-for-the-oakfield-labor-daze-september-4th-6th/570859 Aug 27, 2021, 3:00pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Sponsored Post: Join us for the Oakfield Labor Daze September 4th-6th Lisa Ace <p><a href="https://oakfieldbetterment.com"><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/7438/2021-08/revisedold2021sp.jpg?itok=alckXSFR" width="460" height="900" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </a><br> <strong>Oakfield Labor Daze will be held September 4-6 at Triangle Park, in the village of Oakfield.</strong> This year marks its 37th year. There will be three full days of live music, plus food vendors, craft show, basket raffle, HUGE $15k CASH RAFFLE, Kiddie Fun Daze, Car Show, Parade, balloon artists</p>
With 'deep sadness' Oakfield Betterment Committee cancels Oakfield Labor Daze at Triangle Park https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/with-deep-sadness-oakfield-betterment-committee-cancels-oakfield-labor-daze-at-triangle Press release:

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that the Oakfield Betterment Committee Board must announce the cancellation of this year’s Oakfield Labor Daze in Triangle Park.

We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the vendors, volunteers but to our amazing community who were looking forward to another exciting Oakfield Labor Daze this year.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are a few overriding concerns due to COVID-19 that have caused us to make this decision at this time.

Labor Daze is a tradition that is and has always been funded by our wonderful sponsors. In uncertain economic times like these, our wonderful sponsors have the difficult struggle and decision to not only keep, or to not keep, employees, but to keep their door open. Oakfield Labor Daze should not be a decision they are confronted with, nor one we should present to them.

Second, our primary concern is the health and safety of EVERYONE who attends Labor Daze, which includes our committee, volunteers, food, craft and game vendors to YOU, our community, who has welcomed back Labor Daze to Triangle park with open arms.

In closing, with all these factors and uncertainty, we had to make this difficult decision.

As the weeks and months pass, we will be re-evaluating the situation and will be looking for a safe and responsible way to have a celebration during Labor Day weekend. We also look forward to getting a head start on other events that the Oakfield Betterment Committee has done in the past, new event ideas, and Oakfield Labor Daze 2021.

Please stay safe, healthy and continue to show warmth to others in these trying times.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/with-deep-sadness-oakfield-betterment-committee-cancels-oakfield-labor-daze-at-triangle#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/with-deep-sadness-oakfield-betterment-committee-cancels-oakfield-labor-daze-at-triangle May 18, 2020, 7:51pm Oakfield Betterment Committee With 'deep sadness' Oakfield Betterment Committee cancels Oakfield Labor Daze at Triangle Park Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that the Oakfield Betterment Committee Board must announce the cancellation of this year’s Oakfield Labor Daze in Triangle Park. </p><p>We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the vendors, volunteers but to our amazing community</p>
Sponsored Post: Thank you to our sponsors - Oakfield Betterment Committee https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-thank-you-to-our-sponsors-oakfield-betterment-committee/545420

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https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-thank-you-to-our-sponsors-oakfield-betterment-committee/545420#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/lisa-ace/sponsored-post-thank-you-to-our-sponsors-oakfield-betterment-committee/545420 Oct 5, 2019, 3:00pm Oakfield Betterment Committee Sponsored Post: Thank you to our sponsors - Oakfield Betterment Committee Lisa Ace <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/7438/2019-09/labordazesp.jpg?itok=p-gqmFar" width="428" height="1000" alt class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p>
5th Annual Oakfield Earth Day Community Clean Up a resounding success https://www.thebatavian.com/jamie-lindsley/5th-annual-oakfield-earth-day-community-clean-resounding-success/43180 A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make the Fifth Annual Oakfield Earth Day Community Cleanup a great success! On the morning of April 19, 2014, over 60 individuals of all ages joined together to clear the roads in our community of unsightly litter in an effort to continue our annual earth day tradition. With Mother Nature’s cooperation this year, we were able to conquer twice the amount of roadside space as in previous years, thus eliminating many more contaminants from our beautiful environment! Participants joined together for lunch after the event to share feelings of accomplishment and to exchange stories about the experience. Most were amazed by the objects that were carelessly dispersed through the countryside! We hope that each year, we can continue to help people in our community choose to dispose of waste properly and to make them aware of the harmful effects in doing otherwise. Thank you to each person who donated a bit of their time to participate in this great cause! We also want to thank our sponsors for their assistance in making this event possible: Alli’s Cones and Dogs, Waldron Financial Group, Santino’s, Domoy Farms, Home Depot, Lorraine’s Daycare, Lamb Farms, Oakfield Lions Club, One World Projects, and the Town of Oakfield/Highway Department. We encourage you to support these local businesses and to thank them for their service to our community!

Sincerely,

The Oakfield Betterment Committee

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jamie-lindsley/5th-annual-oakfield-earth-day-community-clean-resounding-success/43180#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jamie-lindsley/5th-annual-oakfield-earth-day-community-clean-resounding-success/43180 Jun 11, 2014, 12:49pm Oakfield Betterment Committee 5th Annual Oakfield Earth Day Community Clean Up a resounding success Jamie Lindsley <p>A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make the Fifth Annual Oakfield Earth Day Community Cleanup a great success! On the morning of April 19, 2014, over 60 individuals of all ages joined together to clear the roads in our community of unsightly litter in an effort</p>