Giving downtown a holiday touch

From staff reports

LOCK HAVEN — The holiday season is pretty much upon us.

And how important it is that communities raise funds to buy decorations and then galvanize their volunteers to decorate.

Downtown Lock Haven Inc. did just that on Wednesday, thanks to volunteers who included members of the current Leadership Clinton County class.

The volunteers placed decorative pine planters with red bows on the wrought-iron holders on parking meters on Main Street.

Among them were Tammy Sheehan (in photo at right), who places a ziptie to secure the pot to the holder.

Above, Beth Vulcolo, left, and Carley Anderson place a pot on top of another meter on Main Street in front of The Bike Gallery.

All the volunteers said they enjoy doing volunteer work that makes the community look beautiful.

Some of the unsung volunteers included Colleen Wise, director of the Clinton County Domestic Relations Office who donated and put together red bows for each pot.

It took 300 yards of ribbon, noted Maria Boileau, another volunteer.

Technical advice was provided by Debra Burrows of the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service and its master gardener program.

The Clinton County commissioners donated the pine branches from clippings at the county’s Piper Building.

Boileau stored the plantings at her home. Her husband, John, and DLH board member Bob Rolley, along with downtown Manager Kasey Campbell transported them to the agency office. Other volunteers included Christine Neidrich and board member Tom Keiffer.

Other Leadership class members are Michael Bilbay, Lori Dotterer Butler, Darla Hardy, Catherine Jacobs, Caitlyn Kovach, Richard Kuczawa, William Mincer, Brittany Phoenix, Cathy Redmond, Liam Register, Tammy Sheehan, Sandy Stevenson, Jessica Stokes and Cynthia Straley.

The crew also wrapped lighted garland around the streetlights on Main and nearby streets.

Right after Thanksgiving, crews from the City of Lock Haven will install the larger decorations that string across Main Street.

The evening of Nov. 30, the agency will light the community’s Christmas tree in Triangle Park at ceremonies starting at 6 p.m.

This year, an about two-story-tall tree has been donated by Dr. Erin Kennedy, associate professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Lock Haven University.