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Historical society launches landscaping plan in Sebec Village

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 21, May 22, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

SEBEC A slight makeover is in the works for at least one section of Sebec Village and is scheduled to be completed by the town's Fourth of July celebration.

Sebec Historical Society President Dave Mallett said funds for the revitalization of a park area in the village were supplied through public and private donations and along with grants.

We wanted to create a public area... that will be available for public functions," explained Mallett.

Fencing now circles the area on Sebec Lake, and a gazebo is scheduled to be placed in the center of the park, along with landscaping.

"The Sebec Garden Club is going to plant roses," Mallett said. "We're going to have native trees throughout... We just want to make it a nice place and keep the smoke bush down."

Before the society started work on their nineteenth century park, smoke bush, a pesky wild shrub that Mallett says is hard to get rid of had dominated the space. In the pre-smoke bush days, the Sebec Hotel stood at this spot, he said.

Mallett said outdoor concerts, weddings and other events could be held there when the work is finished. He also said that the historical society's goal is to give a sense of community and a feeling of pride with their project.

"We had always wanted to see something in here," he said. "It's too nice of a spot to not it make available for everyone."

The refurbished lot will hopefully have its official debut during July 4th festivities in the village and could include children's events, a public concert and more.

"It's the perfect spot to watch the canoe races," Mallett said. "We just hope everyone comes down and celebrates this beautiful spot."

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