Thank you for making planters so beautiful

To the editor:

The Downtown Lewistown Adopt-a-Planter Program is a coordinated effort to maintain the 50 concrete planters that line Market Street, and we are at the tail end of our fourth season!

First, I’d like to thank you, as a member of this community, for appreciating the amount of work that goes into each and every planter. I know that you enjoy them, and I’m grateful that you tell us that so often, because that’s what keeps us going. This year, we’ve shopped for plants during a pandemic, watered daily during weeks of 90-degree heat and drought, sidestepped construction workers and equipment, endured occasional vandalism, and now we’re about to embark on a mission to decorate for the Holiday Stroll in early December.

Twenty-four sponsors plant and maintain those planters, and they do it with their own time and money. For many sponsors, water must be brought into town from home. It’s an incredible amount of labor.

A big thank you to the 2020 Adopt-a-Planter Program sponsors: Harvey Smith’s Barber Shop, Lewistown Elks Lodge 663, Penn State Master Gardeners of the Juniata Valley, DNA Blossoms, Roxanne Carstetter, The Square Cafe & Bakery, Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Juniata Valley Bank, Laskaris, Lewistown Printworks, KC’s Gifts, Jewelry & Awards, Jim’s Scrap Metals, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, Giant Foods, Zion Hair Salon, MCS Bank, Wray’s Landscaping Inc., Tina Miller and Nancy Hopple, Jessica Yetter, Barger’s Landscaping, Sacred Heart Parish and School, Mifflin County CYS, River Mountain Landscaping, and Lisa Knudson.

I’d also like to thank Donna Snook (Snowflake’s on the Square) and Heather Knepp-Crader (KC’s Gifts, Jewelry Awards) for helping to water the large raised beds on Monument Square, and the Borough of Lewistown for top-dressing planters with compost in the spring.

If you’d like to get involved, I will have planters available for adoption next year! Send me an email, and I will happily send you an application. sara@buffington.tv. Also, we are busy trying to collect materials to decorate the planters for the Holiday Stroll. If you have any fresh material that we might be able to use (corkscrew willow, red twig dogwood, evergreen boughs, dried flowers, etc), please contact me or the Visitors Bureau. The planters are much larger than a typical garden pot, so it’s going to require a tremendous amount of plant material to fill them, and the budget for the project is hovering around zero.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Sara Buffington



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