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Letter to the Editor

Thanks for help with center garden

June 02, 2010 - Dear Editor,

The new handicap accessible garden at the senior activity center in Clintonwood Park is the result of a fantastic team of volunteers, Independence Township staff, and county advisors.

The project was the brain child of Carolyn Morrison and Rich Vogt of the center's Landscape Committee, and Oakland County Community & Home Improvement staff. Most of the materials are being purchased with Oakland County's Community Development Block Grant funds. Karl Drayton, retired drafting teacher, measured the area and drew up a variety of plans.

Bill Jawkik, semi-retired from the Troy Road Commission, advised on the amount of materials and the topography of the area. Fred Lutz, retired brick layer, lent his expertise for the brick walkway.

Rich Vogt, organic gardener, planned the raised garden beds and got quotes for the materials. Brandon Wilke, seasonal employee, provided much of the skilled labor.

Andy Auten, Parks and Recreation summer camp counseler, added his construction expertise and labor. Adam Koziarski and other seasonal employees assisted.

Kevin Daniels, from the township's Facilities Maintenance Department, was the chief overseer, supervisor, expeditor, and laborer. Thank you Kevin and all participants for this beautiful addition to the center's landscaping. Thank you, Kent at Ace Hardware, for donating 20 bags of top soil and 20 bags of peat.

We hope that physically challenged persons in the community will take advantage of this unique gardening opportunity.

Margaret Bartos

Senior Center Coordinator

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