MOUNT GILEAD — Last week Maggie Clark took spades and shovels to the downtown Square, along with bags of soil and mulch.
She was joined by Lindy Irons — who heard about Maggie’s plan for beautification of the square — and decided to pitch in and help.
“I hated to see our square in such bad shape, “Irons said. “My mom (Pat Irons) and her garden club just aren’t able to do it anymore. Someone needs to care about it.”
Clark and Irons spent an entire day weeding and cleaning up the flower beds around the shrubbery.
The two still plan to do more with edging the beds and walkways to get ready for planting in the spring.
The village took out some of the decayed logs around the edges, and the village has pledged to add a couple benches and landscaping rocks in the spring, as well as helping with costs of the project.
Clark shared her plan for beautifying the square with village council in October. The mayor and council were very enthusiastic about her ideas and supported her plan.
“I’ve always appreciated our square; it’s really beautiful,” said Clark. “It just needs someone to care since the weeds have taken over some of the flower beds.”
Mayor Jamie Brucker was delighted with the women’s work on the square.
“It’s individuals like Maggie and Lindy who truly make a difference,” said Brucker. “While we have budgeted for downtown improvements in 2022, it is wonderful for Maggie and Lindy to help us get a jump start.
“The council and I truly appreciate their passion for beautification of our community and the downtown square.”