Yard of the Month winners honored
ELKINS — Yard of the Month winners from 2019 were presented with award certificates and gift cards to Mary’s Greenhouse at the March meeting of Emma Scott Garden Club. Honorees included: Jeff and Debbie Welschonce, Sance and Becky Canfield, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mary Lou Irwin, John and Karen Tallman, Gary and Ruth Lynn Schoonover, Dee and Tim Irons, Patty and Tom Rexrode, Erin and Kendell Brumbaugh, Debbie and Bob Snelson and Sherri and Cliff Marstiller. Winners were thanked for their hard work and dedication to making their homes and gardens beautiful, therefore encouraging others to do the same and contributing to overall improvement in their neighborhoods and town.
Refreshments were shared with the winners, followed by the monthly educational program. The program featured representatives of Elkins Main Street who outlined plans for local streetscape improvements and detailed the volunteer efforts needed to bring those plans to life.
Dave Cutlip, board president and Madalyn Humphrey, executive director, revealed the three committees of the Elkins Main Street mission: promotion and community engagement, economic vitality collaboration, and asset conservation and enhancement. Each pillar promotes specific goals for revitalizing downtown Elkins. The core purpose of Elkins Main Street is to make downtown Elkins an industrious area that is visually pleasing, safe feeling, easy to navigate and welcoming.
Many community groups have already come together in revitalization efforts, with volunteers working in conjunction with the City of Elkins to make improvements. The goal is to provide a plan for bringing ideas and labor together for a more uniform look and feel of the streetscape.
Special events are planned to draw crowds to downtown businesses and to highlight recent projects such as replacement of old trees along the sidewalks, new signage and improved storefronts. Future plans include removal of parking meters, upgraded lighting and pedestrian-friendly access.
Member were encouraged to share ideas and join in with volunteer efforts to help Elkins Main Street reach their goals. A garden related project by the Emma Scott club was suggested for an upcoming First Fridays event.
The business meeting was conducted by club President Pat Mayes. She reported a very successful project last December at the Kump House in which club members placed 1930’s style Christmas decorations and greenery in several rooms.
Work continues on a Serenity Garden at Davis Medical Center where the prep work is still in progress. Planting will take place soon.
“Coco” McDaniel urged members to attend the Spring Market 2020 event at Homestead School on April 4, featuring crafts, flea market, food and a silent auction. She reminded us that Homestead School is the last of 99 schools built under the direction of Eleanor Roosevelt. It is now being converted to a community center.
The Mountain School project continues with Bobbi Trimboli organizing and coordinating with school staff and volunteers. Recent sessions have included building birdhouses from gourds with Pat Mayes, Dave Cutlip and Marian and Ken Hanscom; education and live demonstrations involving owls and snakes with Jim Fregonara of DNR; and printmaking with Kevin Woodcock. Katy McClane will conduct occasional sessions of garden maintenance and planting at both Mountain School campuses. A gardening project from seed starting to mature vegetables and flowers will begin in April, lead by Sara Phares. Trimboli also mentioned conducting a gardening-related project for children at one of the Our Town events this summer.
Katy McClane reported that plans for Arbor Day, April 24, are being made. The possibility of replacing one of the trees in the downtown area was discussed and approved by the club. Also, a load of mulch to be placed on the City Hall parking lot garden was approved.
The annual “Floral, Food and Fun” plant sale will be held on May 16 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Members are encouraged to lift any unneeded plants from their gardens for the sale.
The next meeting is April 13 at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m., with Dr. Bob Rose presenting a program on Bonsai Horticulture. Anyone who is interested in joining the Emma Scott Garden Club should call membership chairman BJ McKenzie at 304-614-3079. Guests are always welcome.