Girl Scouts to help replant trees at Westover Park

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts help with a Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation pollinator project. They will help plant trees at Westover this weekend.

Local Girl Scout Troop 1219 will soon help revitalize Westover Park.

The girls, which have worked with Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation in the past on environmentally friendly efforts, will assist Parks and Rec staff on Saturday by planting trees at the park. The effort aims to help replace trees that were recently removed due to the emerald ash borer.

The girls will get to see the trees they plant grow over the years to support Westover’s habitat and the local community. They will add 20 trees to the area, focusing on a variety of native trees.

“Girl Scout Troop 1219 is excited to team up with Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation to help plant trees at Westover Park,” Troop Co-Leader Cristin Iwanici said. “Our troop has a continued goal of giving back to the community that we love so much. Our focus for this year and last is to help the environment around us by planting trees, flowers, weeding, and making sustainable places for pollinators to go.”

Troop 1219 has assisted Parks and Rec with installing and maintaining a pollinator garden in Hillandale Park, installing butterfly houses outside of the Community Activities Center, participating in the Pollinators in Your Backyard event, and other important environmental projects.

Their efforts are much appreciated.

“I think it is great for the girls to be focused on environmental initiatives in Harrisonburg parks,” Harrisonburg Parks Superintendent Jeremy Harold said. “The girls will be able to learn and take part in helping our local urban ecosystem, and more specifically, watch the trees they plant grow and replace the trees that had to be removed due to the emerald ash borer.”

Additional community tree planting opportunities will take place this fall – including a tree planting during the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 25 and a community tree planting event in October. Contact Jeremy Harold at 540-438-1644 or email for more information about these opportunities.

More information about Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is available online at

uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

augusta free press


Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.

augusta free press
augusta free press news