Have you noticed? Flowers of all colors sprout from containers on State Street sidewalks in Clarks Summit. This project for beautification of our community is part of the mission of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons.
In early spring, Rotarian Steven Selige inspects the containers, built in 1992 by Rotary. He works with the Clarks Summit Borough, which repairs any winter damage done, not only to the flower containers but also to the garbage bins. When all is in good order, Selige replaces the dirt with a quality mix of potting soil. He loads up his truck and visits each container. Once the last frost is finished, Steve carefully selects tender plants that can sustain cold weather. Pansies and petunias are mixed with geraniums. When all are planted, he continues to watch over the tiny gardens by weekly inspections.
As the summer warms the community, some of the plants need more water than others. Steve has visited the nearby business owners and asked if anyone will water the plants near their businesses. Some do. For any of those plants needing a drink, Steve loads up water in containers from his own house, carries the water in his truck to each site and dutifully keeps the growing plants alive.
Some of the early flowers are replaced as needed. This year, Steve added vines that grow out and down the planters, giving a look of flowing greenery. With the cooler autumn weather, mums have replaced many of the summer flowers and soon – very soon – frost will nip at all the blooms. Selige will then clear away what remains and, by Christmastime, all will be replaced with winter boughs.
We all have jobs in Rotary, but this one requires diligence, patience and muscle. Steve, who led our club in 1980 as president, has been caring for the tiny gardens for more than 25 years. He was one of the initial builders of the planters and bins.
The Rotary Club of the Abingtons recently cleaned Routes 6 and 11 by picking up garbage thrown from cars. Eight people spent a beautiful Saturday morning in the median and on the sides of the road, fetching litter and placing it in garbage bags.
Rotarians Steve Lenceski, Dave Griffin, John Hambrose, Bruce Valentine and Ryan Campbell were five of the eight workers. The other three workers were from the Selige family. Chairman of the event was Rotarian Chris Selige, joined in the clean up by his father, Steve. Chris’s wife, Jessica, was the third member of the Selige family and a non-Rotarian who worked that morning.
The legacy that Steve Selige began with other Rotarians to beautify our town so many years ago continues with the next generation.