St. John Valley

Main Street flower baskets donated in memory of lost loved ones

MADAWASKA, Maine — Main Street is blooming pink, with a Madawaska Beautification Committee project to hang petunia arrangements downtown in memory of lost loved ones.

Each basket was paid for with a donation by a family to commemorate those who have passed, and signs are posted in or near each arrangement with the dedications.

Outside of the Chamber of Commerce, Director Sharon Boucher bought two baskets dedicated to her father and grandmother.

“It means the world to me to do this and it’s a way to show the love I have for those people who I have lost that were close to me,” Boucher, who is also a member of the Beautification Committee, said. 

The committee originally set out to sell 40 flower baskets, Boucher said, but the response was so overwhelming, they wound up selling 136. The memorial baskets cost $35 a piece — the price of the arrangement.

The flowers came from Corriveau’s Hilltop Blossoms in Wallagrass, who delivered the arrangements free of charge. Hardware to hang the baskets was paid for with money from past Beautification Committee fundraisers, Boucher said. 

Flowers in hanging baskets in the park on Main Street are part of a project from the town beautification committee and funded by donations in memory of lost loved ones. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

Based on the response this year, the committee is planning to make it an annual event — though the price may go up slightly next year to cover hardware costs. 

Glenn Daigle, who owns Daigle Furniture, bought three baskets in honor of his father, brother and son. He said he’s had customers from other places come in since the baskets went up last week, and compliment the flowers.

“Everybody’s very pleased about it,” Daigle said. “I think it’s going to get even better, because I think for next year, people are finding out that it’s a memorial thing and they want to get on board.”

The Beautification Committee is currently producing a map, so people who bought the baskets can find their arrangements. Boucher said she would post the map on the Chamber’s Facebook as soon as it was completed.

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