Jul 29, 2012

Memory garden taking root


ARCANUM—The ground is now ready for a project Arcanum Garden Club members have been working on for a couple of years – a peaceful, sitting park on the site of the old Arcanum High School building.  “We want this to be a memorial for the school, which is such a big part of the history of the town,” said Club President Pauline Cates.

For the past two years the club has earmarked monies from its annual plant sale, cookbook sales and tour of homes for the project. Plans for the park include a rock fountain, benches, plants, flowers and landscaping.
“We hope people will take advantage of the spot and stop by to  sit and reminisce with friends,” added Cates.  “The school has always been an important part of Arcanum’s heritage.”

Landscaping for the project is being provided by Country Side Landscaping of Greenville. Bud’s Electric and PepCon Concrete have also made significant contributions. The club is also open to community donations, for example, trees or benches “in memory of..”

For more information on the park, contact any members of the Arcanum Garden Club: Pauline Cates, President; Kornelia Barnett, Vice President; Amy Jeffers, Secretary; Donna Kronenberger, Treasurer; Jenny Quigney, Assistant Treasurer; Carolyn Furlong, Publicity; Vicki Brown, Barbara Byrne, Abbey Cartright, Kathy Fout, Carol Peden, Linda Schwieterman, Betty Shank and Sue Stammen.

 Although the work begins this weekend, a completion date is not known. Said Cates, “We hope this will be an ongoing community project.”
On hand for the groundbreaking were (row one, l-r) Arcanum Mayor Judy Foureman, Sue Stammen, Kornelia Barnett, Arcanum Garden Club President Pauline Cates, Kathy Fout, Betty Shank and Vicki Brown. In the back (l-r) are Bruce Shank, Arcanum School Superintendent John Stephens, former Superintendent Joe Scholler, Arcanum Board of Education member Bev Delk, Arcanum Village Administrator Curt Garrison, Donna Kronenberger and Jenny Quigney.  

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