The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Group of volunteers starts beautification


Rick Nelson

Members of the Wahkiakum Blooms who turned out to place flowered planters on Cathlamet's Main Street on Monday included, l-r, Pam Emery, Paige Lake, Trish Shroyer, Debb Howie, Joyce Orr, Alyssa Joyner, Nicole Emery, April Peterson, Donna Beaupre and Shawn Beaupre. Not pictured are Dan Silverman, Meg Morris, Jeff Smith and Kelly Patterson. Plants were grown by Dan Silverman at Skamokawa Gardens Nursery.

The Wahkiakum Blooms made their debut on Main Street this week with Phase I of their downtown beautification project. This project was started last fall with a brainstorming session to put together a strategic plan to encourage visitors to spend more time downtown creating more activity for local businesses.

Paige Lake

Volunteers planted bright flowers in the cobalt blue planters.

Under the leadership of Donna Beaupre, Kelly Patterson and Alyssa Joiner, other community members were asked to join the committee and offer their input. In January we visited with Nancy Chenault, President of Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Castle Rock has been working together on their downtown beautification efforts for nine years and are currently winning national awards for their efforts. Dan Silverman of Skamokawa Gardens helped with the selection of pots and plants that were hardy and easy to grow.

A detailed plan was put together, the pots and the flowers were ordered and on Monday April 30th the committee placed the pots around town and planted the flowers. Nancy Chenault advised that we would need combined community support for a successful outcome, so were pleased to see that Tammy Peterson had made a trip to Skamokawa Gardens and with Dan's help had selected identical flowers for the pots in front of the courthouse, and Mary Hanigan had done the same for the Hanigan Law Offices flower boxes which always look great. It's going to be a beautiful summer downtown Cathlamet, let's get ready for Phase II.


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