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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Coudersport Arboretum

Robert and Dorothy Smith are seen in front of a Prairifire Crabapple Tree donated in memory of their children Patricia, Thomas and Cheryl.

In the picture are John Setzer, Sandy Schwab and Dennis Setzer who along with brothers Gregory and Jeffrey and sisters Joanne and Kathy donated an Autumn Blaze Maple Tree in memory of their parents Clarence and Kathryn Setzer.

The Coudersport Arboretum Committee held its first meeting of the new year on March 21, 2012 and is embarking on another energetic year. The previous year of 2011 produced the expansion of the Arboretum to the north side of the Borough Depot Building. Added to the Expansion Area were new pathways, 6 new benches and 6 light posts.

Memorial bricks added to the Arboretum were by Bill Gaberseck children in memory of Bill Gaberseck, Denny and Edith Menschel in memory of canine friend Brindi , The Red Hat Ladies in memory of Lucy Gould and Ginny Fodge, Marcie Kelligan in memory of Keith Kelligan. Chris and Paul Herzig donates bricks in honor of grandchildren Sam Malatesta and Rory S. Murphy. Bricks were also placed in honor of Sonny and Doria Tucker, Ferd and Lee Irish, Wayne Irish, and Virignia Harvey for her 42 years as secretary of Sweuen Township.

With the new expanded area the Arboretum now has the 6 new lights and 5 benches for sale in addition to 2 Coral Burst Crabapple trees that are available for purchase as memorials or donations.

The Coudersport Arboretum is entering its thirteenth year of existence. The concept of the Arboretum, developed by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce and the Coudersport Borough, is to be an ongoing project with yearly additions to the area.

  • To date the C & PA Caboose and the Arboretum Sign areas have been beautifully developed.
  • The American Legion has designed and developed the Wall of Honor Area.
  • The Coudersport Lions Club has placed a rail car in the Arboretum which will be restoredto its original condition and the area around it will be developed.
  • Last year the Arboretum expanded to include the area around the Borough Depot Building.
  • Individuals, businesses and organizations have supported the project by sponsoring the costs of benches, lampposts, trees and various areas in the Arboretum.
  • Over 200 memorial/honorary engraved bricks are located in triangles within the walkways.

If you would like to make a donation to this community project, mail your contribution to the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 261, Coudersport, PA 16915.

If you would like to purchase a lamppost, tree, bench or engraved brick as a donation or memorial, please call the Chamber of Commerce Office at (814) 274-8165. All checks may be made payable to: Coudersport Chamber of Commerce-Arboretum Fund.

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