2009-08-08 / Top News

Hanging Baskets on Local Streets Survive on Community Donations

Hanging baskets on lampposts decorate Main and Market streets for the summer, a result of donations given to the Mayor's Advisory Board. There are 196 baskets and the flower arrangements, which always include red geraniums, are bought from Weber's Floral in St. Ignace. Hanging baskets on lampposts decorate Main and Market streets for the summer, a result of donations given to the Mayor's Advisory Board. There are 196 baskets and the flower arrangements, which always include red geraniums, are bought from Weber's Floral in St. Ignace. The streets of Mackinac Island are lined with flower baskets hanging from the lampposts, an idea conceived nearly 10 years ago by the Mayor's Advisory Committee.

"We wanted to do something to spruce up the streets of Mackinac," said board member Kathi Wightman.

The program is supported through donations from the city, businesses, and individuals. In previous years the Community Foundation also provided funds for the program.

Other donations are coming in at their usual levels and there should be enough to pay for flower maintenance.

The flowers are bought from Weber's Floral in St. Ignace, which also stores the baskets over the winter. The baskets always include red geraniums, but the board lets Weber's Floral decide what other flowers will be in the display.

There are 196 baskets throughout town, starting near Mission Point all the way to Mahoney Avenue on Main Street. Market Street also boasts baskets along the whole street, and around the corner to Mahoney Avenue along Cadotte Avenue.

An employee of the flower shop takes care of the flowers throughout the summer. The board pays for everything, including maintenance, with the donations received.

Donations to the flower basket fund may be directed to Kathi Wightman at Community Hall.

Others serving on the Mayor's Advisory Committee are Jody Chambers, Betty BeDour, Tim Leeper, Clayton Timmons, Dennis Bradley, rosemary Lounsbury, and Lorna Straus.

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