This past Saturday a dozen volunteers from the Clearfield High School FFA club, Boy Scout troop # 2 and other community volunteers planted 26 crab apple trees. These were obtained from the PA Community Forest grant awarded to the Clearfield Borough in March 2011. Karen Miller, a community volunteer who coordinated the event said this grant was to continue the memorials start by the Hobby Garden Club in 1974. Throughout the east and west side of the Susquehanna Riverbank, these crab apples create a spectacular show the first weeks of May every year. Many of the bare spots are now replaced with new, young crab apple trees, variety called Purple Prince. Thanks to these energetic volunteers, the memorials for our past citizens live on.
Pictured here is Eric Fletcher with Maureen Briskar. Maureen’s mother and Eric great grandmother, Beatrice Ryan Mcabee helped to plant the first crabapple trees in the borough in 1974. Eric and Maureen take a break from planting, but so willingly gave of their time and energy to help beautify Upper Witmer Park.