It takes a community...

Most residents probably don't realize the partnership that is needed for our beautiful downtown-scape to be adorned with hanging baskets of flowers. These welcoming bouquets placed along main street have four major organizations working together to make it happen. It first starts with the local group SPIGOT (Show Pride In Greenville Our Town), a small team of locals dedicated to using their gardening talents to benefit the community. They are the facilitators and organizers of "operation: hanging baskets". Next, the borough is needed to hold up their end of the deal, namely our hard working street department guys have to make sure all of the brackets that hold up the hanging plants are tightly secured and replacing any that need replaced. When the time is right, the baskets are ordered and are hung with the help of the street department. Next we move on to the maintenance of these plants. Left for a week with out water, we would have an ugly picture painted for any visitor to our downtown. The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce is the next partner needed as it houses the water buffalo that is used to keep these plants from drying out in the heat. Lastly, we have the help of Keystone Charter School showing the importance of volunteerism and setting the example by coming out several times a week to take that water buffalo around and water the plants. Who knew! And  just to have hanging baskets downtown! So take notice to the small things and the good things. Thank those who are committed to the work necessary to make this area a better place and find ways you can help out!

It really does take a community, the whole community, to keep us on the course for that #1 spot on the list of Best Towns in Pennsylvania (thank you Record Argus for that encouraging yet still very realistic article in Wednesday's paper). We do have room to grow, so don't give up! It's not easy, but keep going! When you are ready to throw in the towel, look for that other person or group who is willing to come along side you and make it happen! Thank you to all of our community partners who are working to make the Greenville area a great place to live, work and recreate!