Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Jay and Donna Gaydosh and Master Gardeners recognized for work beautifying downtown Lincoln parks

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[October 30, 2012]  In September and October, the Logan County Board made the following recognitions and appointments:

Recognition of Jay and Donna Gaydosh for work on Scully Park fountain

Jay and Donna Gaydosh enjoy the beauty of Scully Park. Since they live across the street from it, they frequently walk their dogs there.

Scully Park is one of downtown Lincoln's most scenic locations, and the decorative fountain there is the focal point.

The fountain is a challenge for the county to maintain because it collects leaves, mosquitoes, frogs, trash and other debris throughout the year.

This year the Gaydoshes volunteered to clean and paint the fountain. Painting the fountain included using a buffer to remove the old paint as well as applying fresh paint

Jay and Donna collect the coins tossed into the fountain and donate them to the Sgt. Bob Graue Toys for Tots program.

In September, the Logan County Board passed a resolution commending Jay and Donna Gaydosh for their commitment and dedication in keeping the Scully Park fountain clean and for their work to make the park attractive for all who visit it.

The Master Gardeners group recognized for their work at Scully and Latham parks

Scully and Latham parks are beautiful locales that enhance downtown Lincoln and are the site of numerous special events throughout the year. Keeping the parks looking attractive is a priority of the county board's buildings and grounds committee.

Scully Park was the site of a demonstration garden project that was a collaborative effort of several members of the Logan County Master Gardener volunteers. The funds to support the project were secured from grants totaling $1,000 given by the Logan County Park and Trails Foundation.

Scully Park was named in honor of Violet Scully. The Scullys were well known in Logan County as landholders, developers and benefactors to the community.

Mrs. Scully particularly loved gardening, and in planning for landscaping at Scully Park, research was done to determine her favorite flowers and colors. The Scully Park project was a three-phase project with a planning phase, a development and implementation phase, and ongoing care and education about the garden.

The planting beds are at the front entrance and in raised beds at the center of the park, including boxwood hedges, which were a popular inclusion in Mrs. Scully's garden. Various spring flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, were planted to offer early spring color, as well as hydrangea and hosta, which add mass, color and texture. Annuals are added each spring to replace the early bulbs and further enhance the splash of color.

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The majority of the plants in the garden are labeled. But as the Master Gardeners tend to plants in the park, they also answer questions from people visiting the park.

Pete Ross and his brother, Ron Ross, coordinate Master Gardener efforts at both Scully and Latham parks. Approximately 100 volunteer hours were provided at Scully Park this year and about 65 volunteer hours at Latham Park.

Master Gardeners design and plant the landscaping, as well as till, weed, deadhead and water plants at both parks. The excessive heat and lack of rain made tending to landscaping at the parks more challenging this year.

Master Gardener volunteers at the parks include:

  • David Schroder, who has tilled both parks for 12 years.

  • Pete Ross, Ron Ross, David Baldin and Dorrence Brucker, who have worked on both parks for 10 years.

  • Vince Long, who has worked at Scully Park for six years, and Tanya Glenn, who has volunteered at both parks for six years.

  • Jo Bode and Kay Kohler, who have volunteered at Scully Park for two years.

  • Rita Wilson, who began volunteering this year at Scully Park.

By resolution, the Logan County Board commended these Master Gardeners for their commitment and dedication in keeping both Scully and Latham parks beautifully landscaped and expressed appreciation for all their work to make the parks showpieces of downtown Lincoln.

County board appointments

  • Diane Stevenson, R.N., B.S.N., to Logan County Tuberculosis Board.

  • Barbara Stroud-Borst to the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County.

  • Gerald Gehrke to the board of review.

  • Bill Sahs to the board of review, filling the unexpired term of William Donath.


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