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Volunteers at historic Clear Spring property are 'plumb' good

August 12, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - The bad news is there is always something that needs doing at Plumb Grove, the period property owned and managed by the Clear Spring District Historical Association.

But the good news is there is a dedicated group of men who volunteer every Monday to take care of the heavier duties at the home just off Broadfording Road near the school complex.

Led by Jim Seibert, the group consists of Jesse Shoemaker, Paul Bowers, Bill Lane, Sam Gossard, Harold Kline, Bob Weaver and Carl Llewellyn, the oldest member who now lives at Homewood.

"Carl is with us in spirit," Seibert said on a recent day of painting doors and caulking windows.

A fifth generation Clear Spring resident, Seibert said he first began volunteering in April 2004. "Our president, David Wiles, asked for help," Seibert said.

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Seibert described Shoemaker as a great builder and all around craftsman who learned his skills at Cushwa Brick. Kline is good at building and landscaping.

Weaver, who worked at General Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va., now works part time at Target. He has heavy-equipment skills.

Himself a retired schoolteacher and park service employee, Seibert described himself as "older than dirt," but quickly added that he can paint and do whatever is needed at Plumb Grove.

"Harold Kline and I were in the same class at Clear Spring High School so I called him," Seibert said. "We were the first."

Bowers came from a career at Fairchild while Gossard was a Mack Trucks employee. Gossard mows and cuts down weeds, a job he also volunteers to do at the five-acre cemetery across from the American Legion on Martin Street.

According to Wiles in a published report of the CSDHA newsletter, the Monday group of men saves more than $20,000 a year on repairs at Plumb Grove.

There is also a group of women who plant and cultivate around the home, keeping the flower and vegetable gardens in top shape.

Volunteers for both groups are always welcome and may express their interest by just showing up on any given Monday morning.

The group doesn't have meetings ... doesn't believe in them. "Talk won't get things done," Seibert said.

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