FROSTBURG — The House and Garden Club of Frostburg has begun filling lamppost baskets with greenery decorated with lights and bows, maintaining 62 of them to brighten up the city streets.
The project started in 1996 when the club purchased 16 metal hayrack baskets from a company in England. In recent years, baskets have been made locally by Keith Skidmore, with materials provided by Hunter Douglas and American Woodmark. Garden club members, merchants and other volunteers plant and maintain lamppost baskets with flowers and then pine from May through early spring on Main, Center and Broadway streets. They also plant flowers in five baskets at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Depot and maintain eight planters at the trailhead below the depot. Team leaders include Susie Bucchino, Carol McKenzie and Rhonda Reed.
Truckloads of pine are donated by several local companies, including Wayne and Glenne Blocker at Earth and Tree, JP Andrick at Andrick Tree Farm and Ed Geis at Bittersweet Acres Tree Farm. The club purchases two boxes of lights and two bows for each basket. Funding comes from a portion of the Frostburg hotel/motel tax revenue and individual donations.
Donations to the project can be made through the Foundation for Frostburg, P.O. Box 765, Frostburg, MD 21532. Download a form at http://foundationforfrostburg.org/give.html and indicate House and Garden Club of Frostburg. The holiday lamppost wreath project has a separate fund at the foundation and contributions can be made on the same form.