Restoring Hometown Pride in Leonidas, Michigan


Country MoonThree years ago, Marylou MacDonald of Leonidas, Michigan, had a vision. She wanted her small town to look nice and to be a place that all the residents could take pride in. Her idea was to put hanging flower baskets throughout town. Not just a few flowers, but lots of them and big hanging baskets that folks would stop and take notice.

“The catch here is that, like anything else, it would take money,” relates town supervisor Bernard Shaw. “So, they brought it before the board and the project was approved.”

Marylou’s husband, Barry said, “For this small town, that was a huge step considering that the most recent count put our population at only 659.”

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So, they started out with only five baskets. The cost for each pole, including post and basket was $100. Even though that wasn’t many for the first year, it was enough to make people stop and take notice. “It wasn’t long before folks were asking if they could have one in front of their house,” Marylou smiled.

The decision of where to place them and who got the flowers could have been an issue, but there was a simple solution to the problem. They had to call Miss Dig to see where the posts could be located without interrupting any utilities. Problem solved.

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