EAST PALESTINE — The garden club responsible for the planters in the downtown business district has recently received a $11,000 donation to put toward more beautification projects throughout town.

Tom Brittain, owner of Brittain Motors Chevrolet in East Palestine, presented the East Palestine Town and County Garden Club with the donation on behalf of his company and in memory of his late mother-in-law, Joann Kelley, who was an officer and member of the original East Palestine Garden Club.

In addition to funding more of the club’s beautification projects in the downtown, Brittain said the money will also be used for the club’s future projects to add more beauty to the village park.

Garden Club President Darlene Exposito and committee chair Bev Leake said they are hopeful the club can make more changes in the future to benefit the downtown, and the park.

“We want to make the town nice and welcoming,” Exposito said.

That idea falls in line with the club’s motto, which is “The City Beautiful.”

The club introduced the large planters in the business district last year and decorates them throughout each of the four seasons. The club spent close to three days making the large wooden snowmen by hand to place in each of the eight planters this winter, they said.

“People love them. We get a lot of good comments,” Leake said of the planters.

Leake said more planters are planned for the business district and there are many plans in the works to get started on a beautification program for the park.

The club will need to present plans to the village for approval before work can begin at the park, which would possibly happen later this year, they added.

The club is currently at about 20 members and more member are always welcome, they said.

Members pay $10 annual dues and meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church located at 40 S. Market St.

Additional donations to the club are also welcome.

For more information on becoming a member or making a donation should call Leake at 330-853-0986.