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Community helps Lowell-Adams VFD beautify station

Washington County Commissioner Kevin Ritter and Dave Williams place rock on a liner near the Veterans Monument in Lowell Saturday. The overgrown site was cleared out and renovated with natural rock and plants. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

LOWELL — When traveling down Ohio 60 in Lowell, there were overgrown bushes and weeds in front of the Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department.

After Saturday, a person traveling through Lowell will see a Veterans Monument placed among perennials and natural rock. The monument has been there for years, but was mostly blocked by tall bushes.

Work began last year on making the site better. Lowell resident Gary Ward and his wife, Karla, along with Washington County Commissioner and Lowell resident Jamie Booth, planted some plants and put down mulch last year around the monument.

This year, Ward wanted to have it cleaned up in time for Memorial Day, so workers were recruited to help with the project.

Members of the Lowell Masonic Lodge #436 and boys from the Washington County Juvenile Center hauled stone and dug holes for the new perennials. The stone was donated by Mar-Zane Gravel and hauled to the site by Triple I Trucking. The plants were donated by Hensler’s Farm Market. Both Booth and Commissioner Kevin Ritter worked to pull the shrubs and put down the new rock.

Bushes are pulled from around the Veterans Monument Saturday near the Lowell-Adams Fire Department. Volunteers from the community helped to clean up the site before Memorial Day. (Photo Provided)

“Memorial Day is coming up and we wanted to make sure all of our veterans monuments in our communities are cleaned up,” Ward said. “We wanted to make it for natural sun so we don’t have to maintain it. This is a way we can give back to the community.”

Ward said among the bushes were poison ivy and pokeweed. The shrubs were pulled, liner was put in place and natural rock was laid overtop.

“People drove by and didn’t even know the monument was here,” he said. “The veterans have done a lot for us and people don’t recognize that. This is something small we can do. I’m all for that.”

He said if it wasn’t for donations, the project couldn’t have been done. Even the tractor used to pull the old shrubs was donated.

Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Williams allowed those from the juvenile center participate in the clean up.

Booth said they wanted to get more people involved this year in order to get the project finished.

“It’s about doing something that’s bigger than yourself.”

Lowell Mayor Steve Weber observed the work being done and agreed it was a needed project.

“It’s going to be a heck of a lot better,” he said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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