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Volunteers will feed downtown beautification effort

March 05, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Carole L. Malin hopes flower pots being mounted onto 36 Main Street lampposts and watered by volunteers will be the catalyst for more vibrancy downtown.

"Some of the retailers are looking at putting flower baskets or window pots in to complement (the ones on lampposts). If they do that, they will just add more color," said Malin, who is the Main Street Manager through the nonprofit organization MainStreet Waynesboro Inc.

She is excited by the enthusiasm of volunteers who have signed up to water the flowers and hopes more call her at 717-762-0397.

The organization originally sought volunteers to work in the morning - finishing by 9 a.m. - but has now been signing people up for evening hours.

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"It's going to be about a two-hour process," Malin said.

Two people will be assigned to a golf cart. One person will drive the vehicle, while the second person uses a long wand to water the flowers overhead.

"The flowers will be on the top and coming out the sides" of the pots, Malin said.

Each flower pot will be given a half a gallon of water a day.

Training for volunteers is expected to be held in April, and the flowers will be needing water until early October.

"We're asking the borough permission to No. 1, run the golf cart on the sidewalk and No. 2, hang the pots on the lampposts," Malin said.

MainStreet Waynesboro Inc. also needs a shelter to house the $4,500 golf cart and hopes to find that behind borough hall, Malin said.

She described the work of an enthusiastic design committee that researched golf carts, obtained price quotes to powder coat the brackets and experimented with equipment to make the devices lighter.

Now, the design committee is counting on the volunteers, who so far are mostly retirees.

"That's a 'yeah' for Waynesboro that people are excited about helping out," Malin said. "I think what will happen is that when we get the flowers up, people will take a new pride in downtown."

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