To the editor:
We would like to acknowledge those involved in the effort to beautify Steubenville's downtown streets this past summer. The six cement planters positioned around the courthouse and the city building, along with 36 hanging baskets brightened up the city's downtown area. The planting of the flowers was made possible with generous donations and the hard work of volunteers.
The flower baskets were paid for with donated funds from the following: Capital Recovery Systems, Ed Hershey, Dr. Frank Petrola, Steubenville Kiwanis Club, Tom and Tyra Timmons, Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, Historic Fort Steuben, Steubenville Visitors Center, Matrix Development Group, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Mosti Funeral Home, Hauser Furniture and Carpeting, Rotary Club of Steubenville, Steubenville Revitalization Group, Jefferson County Chamber Ambassadors, Borden Office Equipment, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Smitty's Floors and Frank and Jerry's Furniture and Appliances.
DiGregory's Greenhouse and Garden Center planted the hanging flower baskets and then donated equipment, labor and time to hang the flower baskets on Market, Fourth and Fifth streets.
Nelson Enterprises provided the labor and equipment used to place the cement planters on Market and Third streets. The planters were cleaned and planted by Bowers Landscaping and Garden Supply. The trees and plants in the planters were made possible by donations from the following: Jefferson County Bar Association, Bowers Landscaping and Garden Supply, Frank and Jerry's Furniture and Appliances, Sheriff Fred Abdalla and Steubenville Revitalization Group. (If anyone would like to adopt or make a donation toward the planters, please call (740) 632-2289.)
A big thanks goes to Vapor Jet Professional Cleaning Service for providing equipment used for the task of watering the flowers. A generator was purchased by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. A water buffalo and pump were donated by DiGregory's Greenhouse and Garden Center. And Vapor Jet employee Patrick McLaughlin generously donated his time to water the flowers.
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce provided the funding to trim back the trees located on Third Street. That service was provided by Valley Tree Services.
Thanks to all for the donations and time spent on this past summer's downtown Steubenville beautification effort.