The US Post Office Building in Lewes turned 100 years old in October, and a group of Lewes volunteers decided that was a landmark worth celebrating.
Starting in mid-September, area residents and businesses joined to remove scraggly, out-of-control landscaping and re-landscaped with new plantings. New stone edging and an automatic watering system and new lights have also been installed.
Lewes resident Bruce Chandler started the volunteer renewal project, known as Preserve Our Post Office – POP – after noticing ugly trees and shrubbery prevented people from seeing the building's architecture.
Chandler asked Lewes postmaster Bill Osienski if the building could be re-landscaped. With Osienski's approval, Chandler asked local business owners if they would make in-kind donations – and they did.
He also asked the public to make cash donations. Project patrons were generous; businesses donated services valued at more than $16,000, and the public contributed more than $18,000.
Lewes in Bloom volunteers set many of the plantings and agreed to maintain the landscaping.