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Grant from community foundation helps Dogwood Circle purchase planters

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Board members from the Clinton County Community Foundation and Dogwood Circle Garden Club members surround one of four planters purchased by the club through a CCCF grant. They are, from left, CCCF Secretary Don Grant; CCCF President Allan Lugg, Jr.; Dogwood Circle member Mary Vairo; Dogwood Circle Treasurer Jo Ann Bowes; Dogwood Circle Vice President Judy Walker; CCCF Treasurer Darlene Weaver; Dogwood Circle President Bonnie Hannis; and Dogwood Circle Charter Member Marion Hoffman.

LOCK HAVEN — With the Clinton County Community Foundation’s continued support, the Dogwood Circle Garden Club has been able to keep Lock Haven beautiful.

Recently, the foundation provided a $1,810 grant to purchase large pots for around the Civil War Monument at the five-way intersection of Bellefonte Avenue, Church and Corning streets.

“The Dogwood Circle Club does a wonderful job in making Lock Haven a more beautiful place,” CCCF President Allan Lugg, Jr. said. “The foundation is the primary financial supporter of the group.”

According to Dogwood Circle Treasurer, Jo Ann Bowes, CCCF is the only financial supporter of the decades-old club.

Bowes said the large planters, provided by Rizzo’s Greenhouse, make it easier for members to care for the plants without bending down onto their hands and knees.

Owner, Paul Rizzo, helped place the planters and also set up the drainage system for them as well, Bowes said.

“We especially want to thank Jim Lovette. He installed the pavers where the planters are,” she said.

The CCCF grant also helped purchase a watering system that is on a timer. “Each one has two so it’s adjustable,” Bowes said.

Bowes added that the city assists the club by providing water and mulch to both the monument area, and Triangle Park — the second area the club cares for.

Bowes encourages anyone who may be interested in taking part in the club to reach out.

“We would welcome any community help in weeding and cleaning the monument and Triangle Park,” she said. Anyone who is interested may contact Bowes at 570-367-9658.

She added, the club will be at Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.’s weekly farmers market in September. The farmer’s market is open at the East Main Street parking lot on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

The Dogwood Circle club was established in 1960. The club meets monthly in various venues to learn more about gardening, plants and flower arranging, and occasionally embarks on gardening related excursions.

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