NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven has gone pink this summer, thanks to several community groups who have worked on beautifying the municipality.
The Nehaclima Garden Club, along with Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1864, the Vernon Stardusters 4-H Club, and several students from New Haven Elementary and Wahama High schools, have cleaned and planted flowers and shrubs at several locations throughout the town.
Sheila Roush, president of the garden club, said 20 large pots of bubble gum pink petunias have been placed at the town businesses. This is the third year for the large containers, with the club starting with 10 two years ago, and growing to the point that one can be placed at each business.
Roush said the pots have been made possible with the help of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc. Also assisting in delivering the heavy flower pots were Wahama students Paul Miller and Zachary Roush.
The pink theme continued with petunias planted in the permanent flower box at Dollar General Store, Roush said. Knock-out rose bushes and other plantings were completed by members at the city building.
One of the new projects undertaken by garden club members this year was cleaning around, and planting flowers at, the World War I and World War II monument at the New Haven Park, Roush continued.
She said the monument has been neglected in recent years, with a new veterans monument being placed in the center of town. It is hoped that the plantings at the older monument, along with new American Flags, will bring more attention to the site.
The Daisy scout troop, under the direction of April Weaver, leader, and Brooke Davies, co-leader, planted flowers at the town entrance sign at the edge of the park. The girls completed the planting as a community project, something they hope to continue each year, Weaver said.
Troop members participating were Addison Weaver, Mahaylah Jones, Lilly Mankin, Gracie Zerkle, Zoey Heib, Eve Smith and Abigail Flowers.
In addition, the New Haven Elementary School fourth graders and their families participated in the “Make It Shine” program this spring by clearing the flower beds at the park and planting three rhododendron bushes on the grounds. They also cleaned up trash and debris to get the park ready for the mowing season.
The Vernon Stardusters 4-H Club cleaned the grounds around the New Haven Library, and completed plantings there.
“We would like for the residents to continue planting flowers in their own yards,” Roush said. “We are taking pride in our town again.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.