On Monday, April 4th, Marie Eshleman was recognized by the Borough of Greencastle with a special tree dedication ceremony. Surrounded by Mayor Ben Thomas, Jr., Borough staff, members of her congregation, and friends, Marie was surprised with an official Mayoral proclamation and plaque. The long-time gardener has dedicated countless volunteer hours over many years planting and maintaining flowers in the Square, Post Office and throughout Greencastle.
Borough Manager Emilee Little said, “Marie is an integral part of Greencastle’s local fabric. Without fail, she tirelessly works to add color and vibrancy to Borough buildings and landmarks, sometimes around the clock. She is the epitome of volunteerism and community service, and a shining example of the difference one person can make.”
Eshleman, a long-time resident of Greencastle had overseen flower maintenance for many years. Working with Borough staff, she heads a volunteer team planting, weeding, and watering flower gardens throughout the spring and summer months and then removes bulbs for storage at the Waste Water Treatment Plant over the winter. Her flower beds can be seen at the Borough Office, Police Department, Post Office, along Interstate 81 interchanges, at churches, businesses, and other locations throughout the Borough and Antrim Township.
Mayor Thomas, in his proclamation said, “Marie has and continues to be a steward of our Greencastle community with flower and plant beautification projects and green thumb care. …Therefore, be it resolved, that on behalf of the citizens of Greencastle, I honor and celebrate Marie Eshleman for your love of community and beautification stewardship that is observed daily by our residents and visitors.”
Added Little, “Marie adds joy to the Borough of Greencastle in the beautiful plants she provides for the public and in her example of selflessness to improving the environment and aesthetic of Greencastle. We are completely grateful for all that she and her team do.”
The Franklin County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has launched an online survey to gauge public input and opinion as it advances its work on an update of its long-range transportation plan (LRTP). The MPO serves as a decision-making body for the county’s transportation projects and programs that use federal funding. The plan will serve as the MPO’s blueprint for decision-making on transportation projects and will serve as the County’s spending plan through the year 2045. The plan will also serve as the transportation implementation element of the Franklin County Comprehensive Plan, which outlines specific priorities to help the county plan for the future.
The online survey is available at https://metroquestsurvey.com/wy7a7t through May 13, 2022. The survey is interactive, and participants can offer feedback on transportation priorities and suggested project needs through an interactive map.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and other members of the community to do so, too, so the MPO can gather as much public feedback as possible. The survey is interactive, and participants can offer feedback on transportation priorities and project needs through an interactive map.
Again, please click on this link to provide your comments to the long-range transportation plan (LRTP).
Boy Scout Troop 99 of Greencastle recently toured the Greencastle Area, Franklin County, Water Authority plant as part of a series of activities working toward their chemistry merit badges. The group included seven scouts, aged 11 to 17, Assistant Scout Master Jason Weiber, and four adults. The tour was led by Chief Water Plant Operator Davy Vosburg, III and Operator Perry French who walked the scouts and guests through the water plant following the treatment process from collection to distribution.
Assistant Scout Master Weiber said of the tour: “we wanted to ask where does our water come from? What happens to it before it comes to us? What tests are done? You don’t think about it when your turn on the faucet at home.”
The scouts and the adults found the presentation very informative and asked many questions throughout the tour. Said Cindy Long, parent to two of the scouts, “[The tour was beneficial because] it showed the process and where the water goes and all the steps taken to get water to the public.” She added, “Whenever you give a child a chance to tour they’ll remember so much more.”
Said Vosburg, “I thought the tour went well with the kids. They asked about nitrates and chlorine and other great questions. I hope they learned something and maybe come back as adults to work in the plant.”