October 2017 report – Beautification Committee


Swanton Beautification Committee of the

Swanton Enhancement Project                                                  October 2017

Many thanks to all who planted red petunias in all kinds of containers throughout the village this past spring. The beautiful flowers along First Street and elsewhere in the village made our community sparkle all summer.

We sold or donated fifteen flower boxes crafted by —- at Hudak’s. We concentrated on red petunias, and many boxes sported other bright colors as well.  Thank you to those who purchased boxes.

Flowers boxes on the bridge were made by Ross Lavoie and filled by Sandy Kilburn.  Marie Frey of Hudak’s nurtured hundreds of plants from seeds for weeks before planting. While we set up only two boxes this year, they are bigger and more secure. We plan to add more in 2018.

The village green was alive again this year with four bright flower beds. Special thanks to Sandy Kilburn, Marie Frey and Linda Wirts for their dedication. Thanks, too, to Stacey Raines and her wedding party for spending the good part of a day in May to spruce up the beds around the fountain.

Stacey also donated 35 lilac seedlings from her wedding which are temporarily planted in a bed behind the fire station. The Committee will decide in the spring how to disperse them.

Elisabeth Nance, Community and Economic Development Director, with a little help from Hank Lambert, painted fall colors on the windows of the old Prouty building with permission of the owner, Gordon Winters.

Speaking of Gordon, how about the beautiful park he and his wife, Debbie, designed at the corner near Swanton Lumber. Andy LeDuc donated much time in the design and construction. Frank Shumway and his crew did the landscaping. What a fantastic facelift to this important gateway into the village!

We owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Menard and Village Public Works for watering, weeding, mulching and keeping out village looking so well groomed throughout the year. Thank you guys.

Finally, if anyone has ideas about further beautifying the village and town, please contact anyone on the Swanton Beautification Committee.

Members:    Sandy Kilburn, Linda Wirts, Michelle Beaulieau, David Hamlen, Elisabeth Nance, Hank Lambert, Frank Shumway, Suzanne Washburn, Katie Marshall, Marie Frey, Ryan Baxter, Karen Dremen, Lauriette Winters