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Barrels a poppin'

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The flower barrel at the intersection of Meridian Street and United States 40 is one of 42 Brazil Main Street, Inc., recently placed along the road. [Order this photo]
Organization placing flower pots along U.S. 40

Members of the Brazil Main Street, Inc., organization have been very busy in the past few months placing flower barrels along United States 40.

Through the help of donations from businesses along the road, the organization has managed to place 42 of 47 barrels that were used by an older main street organization.

The barrels had been housed at Craig Park. Many of them had to be cleaned and repaired.

"We placed all of them except for two in one evening (in May)," Main Street member Edie Richards told The Brazil Times.

She added two more businesses have donated to the cause and she will place them as soon as possible.

Cost to sponsor a barrel is $50. The organization purchased a dirt mix from Lynch's Garden.

She said petunias were planted in the barrels in addition to purple spikes.

Sponsors of the barrels, she said, were asked to water the plants as well, but Main Street members are also watering them. She said the organization also used a plant gel, placing it near the roots of the plants to help keep moisture in the pots.

"(The gel was used) in order to not water them on a regular basis," Richards said. "But I try to spot-check (the plants) on a regular basis. It's pretty low-maintenance."

While the organization has not added any additional sponsors for the barrels since its June meeting, Richards said she hopes to get more.

"We've had some people that said they were going to sponsor," she said, adding some barrels will be placed in front of the Clay County Courthouse along U.S. 40.

"I would like to actually have 75-100 if we can keep that price," she continued. "We wanted to keep (the price) low because of the economy. But we'll probably end up shooting for 75."

Richards said the organization will begin its 2011 sponsor push in February.

"If we have more interest, we'd actually like to start the campaign earlier next year," she said.

She said more barrels may be placed along State Road 59 in the future.

The project is a fundraiser to help improve the appearance of the downtown area.

"I think it helps clean up the town and makes it look nice," Richards said at the June Main Street, Inc., meeting.

She said the organization is also looking into purchasing waste receptacles in the future to possibly place on every other block along U.S. 40.

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I'll bet these flower barrels make my home town look very nice !

Perhaps the Master Gardeners could take care of maintenance of the barrels , which actually look like clay pots & clay will wick the moisture away from the plants ...

Anne , U of Maryland Master Gardener

-- Posted by Schatsie on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 7:13 PM

Thank you!! They are very pretty!!!

-- Posted by localgal on Sun, Jun 27, 2010, at 9:35 PM

yes, the pots are pretty. TOO BAD, the city doesn't keep the weeds along the US40 sidewalks cut down. Some of the pots are sitting in weed patches. That's not appealing to the eye at all !! Where's the street dept? surely they're not so busy out patching the streets all day, that they can't do any weed eating. HA-HA

-- Posted by outsider101 on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 2:16 PM

I think that it is really great that so much effort has been made to make our main street better looking. The flowers may be only a small thing but it is an indication that there are people and businesses that care.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 6:16 PM

If the people who complained would spend even fifteen minutes a week helping the community instead of complaining, we would have a much safer and beautiful community. Just a thought...

-- Posted by RickS on Mon, Jun 28, 2010, at 9:12 PM

To Rick S, I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression that's what some of our tax dollars go towards. Besides the fact that the street dept workers get a salary from the city to MAINTAIN the city streets and sidewalks. Talk to the mayor, she will tell you.

-- Posted by outsider101 on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 12:22 PM

I agree completely, that is part of their job. All I am saying is that a small donation of time or energy or whatever one would be so inclined to do, would mean more than berating people or entities in the newspaper. It just might show the children who are growing up watching and learning from our actions, that helping others is important. We are all part of the community. That was all I meant.

-- Posted by RickS on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 7:35 PM

As a Maryland Master Gardener 2010 Intern , I was required to do 40 volunteer hours , some of which were specific , others I could choose . Be a nice community project for the MG's to help with , maybe also scouts could help a bit . I'd sure like to see the weeds gone from the street behind & next to the old Jr. High . Roundup anyone ?

-- Posted by Schatsie on Tue, Jun 29, 2010, at 9:02 PM

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