We have been blessed with some great weather recently, and last Saturday we spent some time getting things cleaned up around some family gravestones at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The cemetery is generally well kept and is so fortunate in its hilltop location, with truly pleasant views, breezes, and a sense of calm. However, I have been increasingly disturbed by the apparent use of an herbicide, presumably Roundup or a similar product, to kill all things that grow around the headstones. Certainly, it is unreasonable to expect that the groundskeepers will trim around each headstone whenever the mowing is done. Such a task would require a small army and would be of an immense cost.
However, the lack of vegetation not only makes the place look unsightly, the resultant erosion of soil around the stones is causing many of them to tilt and become unsteady. I would love to see a campaign by plot owners, families of those interred there, and local civic organizations, that would help the cemetery association with a chemical-free solution such as perennials, mulch, or paving stones that would allow the mower to pass near the headstones, but would deter grass and weeds from obscuring them. I urge anyone who will be planting flowers for Memorial Day to take a look, and see if more suggestions can be made.
More HHS students have proven their scholastic abilities with several top finishers at a recent Math competition at Lock Haven University. Twenty-nine students from grades 9 and 10 competed in small groups and individually against students from nine area school districts. HHS won five of the six top places: Group competition Third Place-Eric Karschner and Zachary Butler, First Place Devon Palmeter, Evan Stutzman, and Ben McGovern. Individual competition Third Place Eric Karschner, Second Place Ben McGovern, First Place Logan Woolcock. Congratulations to all and to their teachers!
This time between Easter and Memorial Day seems to be packed with activities outdoors, but many projects around the house and yard make it hard for me to go to as many fun events as I would like. This weekend I know there are at least two or three civic organizations that will appreciate participation by all who can contribute their time or resources. I believe that a strong community spirit makes our town and our lives better! Please find time to help the Rotary, East Lycoming Historical Society, and the Lycoming County Fairground Association as they work for the betterment of our community.
Sat. Apr. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hughesville Rotary Club's annual E-Cycle event. Please DO NOT bring any television sets, as they will NOT be accepted this year. Rotary and KVS Computers will provide this community service at the Ashkar Elementary School parking lot, 350 South Broad Street, Hughesville. Rotary also appreciates donations of cash that will help to support Rotary's commitment to community programs.
Sat. Apr. 22, 1:30 p.m. Annual Victorian Tea sponsored by the East Lycoming Historical Society at the Friends Church, 137 South Third Street, Hughesville. All proceeds benefit the ELHS museum on Main Street, Hughesville.
Sat. & Sun., Apr. 22 & 23 "Wild 'n Wooly Horse Show" at the Lycoming County Fairground.
Sun. Apr. 23 Antique Tractor Pull at the Lycoming County Fairground
Sat. Apr. 29 The Eagles Mere Inn will be hosting Laurie Hull and her team from TriCounty Paranormal in a paranormal investigation of the Inn, which is located in the heart of Eagles Mere. If you would like to be part of this fascinating event, you can sign up for the 7 p.m. investigation followed by a dessert reception, or for a few dollars more, dinner prior to the event is an option. For more information and to make a reservation, call the inn at 570-525-3273.