With spring in the air, and their steps, the volunteers of the Shepherdstown Community Club are turning their eyes to Morgan’s Grove Park, where even during the pandemic it was lively in the fields, along the stream, and under the magnificent trees. First steps are a cut (of the grass) by a mowing contractor and a trim (of the trees) by Viking Tree Service, who donated many hours last year to remove many potential hazards from the canopy above. This year’s project will be to remove several dead Maple Trees by the lower parking lot. The trunks will remain, as “snags” to provide shelter for the wildlife that also calls the park home. After these big steps, it’s a parade of many helping hands with the March 27 “Cleanup Day” at the park — a chance for all willing volunteers to pitch in and help out (contact info below).
The final step into Spring will be a grand opening on April 3 to recognize Henry Willard, who passed away two years ago and willed the club a generous gift. One of his passions was watching trains, so the club thought it would be nice to “name” the crossing at the park in his honor and will unveil the sign honoring his contributions to the community in coordination with Norfolk Southern Railroad. Also, mark your calendars for the May 1 Movie Night (showing of McFarland) with music provided by local musician Sam Jannotta and food from Ortega’s Taco of Charles Town.
The non-profit Shepherdstown Community Club supports various activities and events in and around Shepherdstown. The Club maintains Morgan’s Grove Park (open for public use) and operates the War Memorial Building (available for rentals) in downtown Shepherdstown. Find more information on the Shepherdstown Community Club website (ShepherdstownCC.org) or reach the club by phone at 304-876-3323 or 304-995-6689.By Staff Contributor