Ticonderoga Vandals have again destroyed beautification projects in downtown Ticonderoga.
Flower boxes on the Montcalm Street bridge have been ruined for the second time in the past three years.
“I’m disappointed that someone does not value our historic downtown, nor appreciate beautification efforts, and feels they should participate in senseless vandalism,” said Joyce Cooper, a volunteer who helped with the flower project. “It makes me angry that a small few can destroy the efforts of others who love and want to beautify our town.”
The planters were a joint project involving The Country Florist, Ticonderoga Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
The estimated cost of the damage is about $1,000, according to Cooper.
“The last time the boxes wear ripped off the bridge and thrown off the bridge into the LaChute (River),” Cooper said. “They were rebuilt by Kiwanis last year and filled with money received from the person who did the vandalism. This year the boxes could not be removed so the vandals slowly removed the contents of liner boxes and even the filled liners themselves. Last night (June 25) the remaining liners were removed and tossed in the LaChute. There went the $500 of materials to rebuild the boxes, almost $400 in flowers and at least 16 liners at $10 each.”
Francine Burke, owner of The Country Florist, said the flower boxes will be repaired and replanted before the town’s July 4th celebration.
“I think it’s important that we make an effort to beautify our community,” Burke said. “You go to other towns and they all look gorgeous. There’s no reason Ti shouldn’t, too.”
“I agree we should (repair and replant) even though were talking about $500-plus in expenses,” Cooper said. “We’re fighting mad and feel not replacing them allows the vandals to win.”