Volunteers dig deep to make day successful

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Thanks to everyone who helped make Planting Day at Heritage Place a very productive, successful day. On Aug. 12, staff and community volunteers got together and planted 37 shrubs and eight trees at the grounds of Heritage Place with the goal of providing each resident room with a view of something botanical from their window.

The Jim Blanning family provided a generous donation to fund this project that will provide many years of beauty for our residents. His granddaughter, Breauna Blanning, was among junior volunteers sent by Central Peninsula General Hospital, as was Brittany Kiser, Hailey Strickon and Hannah Watkins.

Vinnie Catalano and his friend Bernie Doyle Brought over a power auger that was donated for the day by United Rental. It saved the day, including lots of time and many sore muscles for the rest of us.

Several staff members and their families pitched in, as well. Lucy Katzenberger, her son, Jamie, and granddaughter, Faith, Conner Johnson, Maritta Newgren and Chris Newgren all contributed a lot of time and hard work planting, as well.

We’re all looking forward to a regular “bloomerama” in the spring when this abundance of crabapple trees, lilacs, cherry, dogwoods, spirea, sandcherry, Mayday trees, mountain ash, etc., bloom.

It’s so encouraging to see people work together so well to enrich the lives of some of our senior citizens.

Thanks again to all who helped.

Gwen Johnson

Andrea Newgren

Heritage Place

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