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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Genesee Township’s Beautification Project

Genesee Township’s Beautification Project
has been awarded the
Pennsylvania Horticulture Society
Community Greening Award!!!!

Evaluators visited 89 nominated site across the tri-state area (PA, NJ, DE) and have recommended the Genesee Township Beautification Project for this prestigious award. In the little town of Genesee, there has been an initiative to beautify our town while memorializing loved ones of our community. 

Lori Wood offered to donate hand painted plaques in exchange for donations to make the project happen. Fassett Lane Building Supply gave us great deals on the supplies we needed. Men from the Solid Rock Church in Hickox constructed the flower boxes, & community volunteers stained them. D&R Stove Sales donated the soil & fertilizer for the boxes. The Genesee Township guys built & installed cement slabs & placed the boxes on them. And many residents “adopted” boxes by planting & nurturing the lovely flowers throughout the summer.

Generations of an entire community came together to support, encourage and help each other with this project that changed the appearance of our small town. It brought us all closer together. The memorial plaques on the flower boxes reminded us of who we are.

This community project turned into much more than just a visual beauty. It has shown those who pass through our town how much we care. It has shown us all what beauty lies within the people who live here in Genesee.

For the Community Greening Award, Judges evaluated the sites in July and August based on plant variety, design, use of space and horticultural practices. The diverse list of winning sites include: Brighton Heights Corridor, Pittsburgh, PA; Columbus Park, Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington Urban Farm, Wilmington , Delaware & GENESEE TOWNSHIP!

Genesee Township will be proudly represented at an awards ceremony hosted by Mrs. Corbett at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg on Dec. 3, 2012.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

The original submission for the contest (by Lori Wood)

In the little town of Genesee, population of around 800, there are 64 planters over flowing with a variety of flowers and greenery, each one with a plaque in memory of someone our community loves and has lost. Every planter has a cement slab under it and an American Flag proudly placed among the flowers. In the center of the towns median, stands a planter that bears the name of the inspiration for the beautification project. My Father, George Emerson.
When my father went on Hospice in January 2011 I felt the need to do something big, to get one of those crazy ideas he was so known for, and see it through just as he would have.
I started a Genesee PA face book page. I offered to donate my time and materials to paint "In Loving Memory" plaques in exchange for donations to make the project happen. The communities response was overwhelming. Our township secretary, Sue Williams, jumped on board by offering to keep an account for the project. Men at an area church offered to build the planters. The church women made them lunch. Others, including our township workers and local business donated their time, money and materials. Generations of an entire community came together to support, encourage and help each other with a project that would change the look of our small town, bring us all closer together and remind us we are who we are because of the names of the people on those plaques.
For me, this was a very personal project. Last year my Father passed away before it was complete. My Mother was put on Hospice August 1, 2012 and she went to be with my Father on August 16, 2012. There were supposed to be 65 planters. One got destroyed when a motorcycle hit it. Now there are 64. That's the number of years my parents where married. A smile for my family and me, from heaven.
This community project has turned into much more than just visual beauty. It's shown those who pass through our town, how much we care. It's made us memorable. It's shown us all what beauty lies within the people who live here in Genesee.