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Volunteers needed for baskets, gardens

To the Editor:
We need two more volunteers to help with watering the flower baskets in Glencoe; it is getting to be a big job for one or two people to do it.
Last year, we had four people watering. It worked very well. The job consisted of about three hours a day for one week a month from the end of May to Labor Day. It would also include occasional watering of the Glencoe gardens. The parks department provides the truck for watering.
The baskets have become the talk of the town. They have added much beauty to our downtown. We want to be proud of our city. It would be sad not to be able to have the baskets or nice, well-kept, blooming gardens. Volunteers are needed for this type of work as the parks department has many other things in our city to take care of. We are blessed to have so many parks and gardens in Glencoe to use and enjoy. Roger and I have also been taking care of the gardens for a lot of years to help beautify Glencoe.
There are many gardens in Glencoe. There is Oscar Olson Park, Welcome Park, park by the Temple building, garden by the liquor store, south side of the police department, gardens by the Oak Leaf Park entrance and the City Center gardens.
As you can imagine, it is a lot of work for two people to do. As we are getting older, it is getting too much for the two of us. We are asking for more volunteers; for volunteers to adopt a garden. It could be someone who lives near one of the gardens. Or it could be a group volunteering to adopt a garden.
If you enjoy gardening, it would be a nice way to take pride in the city that you call home and enjoy the outdoors. Each person or persons would be volunteering a small amount of time. It would be spring cleaning (which we have already done), and weeding and disbudding when needed. Maybe every other week just to check them. The watering will be done by the volunteers who water the baskets when needed. The Boy Scouts will be doing the City Center gardens.
We would be happy to help you get started and when and if you need extra help. If you would like to volunteer, please call Roger or Gloria Hilgers at 320-864-4174, or Barbara Woidas at the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce, 320-864-3650.
Roger and Gloria Hilgers