Working together to beautify the community
The Indian Trail Park sign was built by Zack Calzola as an Eagle Scout project when he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 242. Thomas Hughes followed it up by building a wall to hold dirt for a flower bed. The Eagles are about 30 years old now.
The flowers hadn't been planted for years until the Lions Club's Darryl Amey began the project anew by asking if they would plant something as an Indianland Garden Club project by putting flowers in the large container by the sign.
"It hadn't been planted in years. We came to measure it," said AY Hughes, vice president of the Indianland Garden Club.
When it had been planted originally there were junipers and day lilies. The junipers are thriving 10 years later but the remainder was in weeds.
Doris Meehan, president of the club, said their timing was lucky because it was at the end of the dry spell and plants did not need watering.
"When plants get established there will be fewer issues but that will take three years," said Hughes. She and Meehan were busy weeding during a break in the June 27 rain.
"We had a lot of help," said Meehan.
They think now that they should have put down some corn gluten because it inhibits the growth of new seedlings - in this instance the weed seeds that were in the ground.
Linda Fulweiler said the Boy Scouts dug and prepared the soil. They filled four or five black garbage bags with debris including scraps of landscaping cloth. Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Benko was in charge of that project.
Fulweiler said she called Brenda Benko, a Troop 242 scout assistant, who coordinated everything.
The garden club donated all the plants and the work of planting was done by members Linda Fulweiler, vice president; Kathleen Heist, secretary; Anita Brosky, treasurer; and Meehan and Hughes.
After the planting, Lions Club members came out and did the mulching. One Lion said he was a gardener and took charge of that project.
Boy Scouts of Troop 242 who helped with the project were Conner Frey, Tommy Nichols, Garrison Hassler who brought his Cub Scout brother and his mother Emily, Ryan Beegle and father Rich, and leaders Linda Roth and Brenda Benko.
Frey said it wasn't hard, it looks nice and it needed an update.
Indianland members were pleased with the success of their annual plant auction saying both the quality and quantity of plants offered were above average offering a wide variety of choices for purchasers.