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New plants decorate Vietnam Veterans Park

Submitted photos The Vietnam Veterans Park across from the Barbour County Historical Museum recently underwent a beautification project.
Larry Gouer, owner of Mary’s Greenhouse of Elkins, also donated the flowers and mulch for the area. The flowers in the truck bed filled the two triangular areas of the finished garden.
Deb Dadisman drives the loader tractor while Ed Jones spreads the soil. The large truck load of soil was donated by Larry Gouer, owner of Mary’s Greenhouse of Elkins.

PHILIPPI — Adding more color to Philippi and welcoming people to the downtown area is the two-fold purpose of the newest plantings by the Philippi Beautification Volunteers.

From a truckload of new soil for the planting area in the Vietnam Veterans Park across from the Barbour County Historical Museum, to spreading that soil, to planting scores of red and white begonias and flowering blue ageratum, the volunteer efforts in this park included a host of local workers.

Volunteers for this project were Ed and Willa Jo Jones, Deb Dadisman, Tammy Stemple and an anonymous couple from Morgantown who were driving through Philippi. When the couple stopped and talked with the volunteers about the work being done, they decided to stay and help with the beautification effort.

Since 2017, the Philippi Beautification Volunteers have worked to add flowers throughout Philippi. The group is always eager to welcome volunteers to the work of beautification of Philippi and encourages anyone wanting to join the efforts to make contact via the Philippi Beautification Volunteers Facebook page.

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