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Ellsworth gardener strives to dress village in floral finery

Pam Pazdernik acknowledged it's the devotion she has to the Girl Scouts that's behind her interest in community beautification.

The former local Girl Scout leader, a long-time backer of that organization, reminds the Scouts' mission includes making a difference for others.

"Whenever I can, I want to give back (to the community)," she said Thursday.

Her opportunity to do just that arose when the self-professed "lover of plants" took a 12-week Master Gardener class from Pierce County Horticulture Educator Diana Alfuth here over three years ago, Pazdernik said. Students are required to give back a specified number of hours of service for the public good. Aware municipalities as nearby as River Falls and Prescott had established groups dedicated to beautifying those places, she was nonetheless determined to volunteer locally.

"I wanted to keep my hours local," she said.

Since then, the Upper Michigan native said she's planted flowers at three of the four Ellsworth welcome signs, in East End Park and on a triangular parcel between Hwy. 10-63 and Old West Main Street in west end, plus in various other planters around town. This week, she said her efforts to recruit help for what's become an extensive undertaking have gotten more difficult lately, which she finds discouraging.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 14.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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