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PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON VISITOR BUREAU The McGinniss family pose with the plaque which will be placed in a new wildflower garden along the Bald Eagle Valley Trail, dedicated to the memory of Tina’s parents, Bill and Carrie Eisemann. Tina and her husband Ron McGinniss are in front, and left to right Ron’s sister Patty, Ron and Tina’s daughter Katie, son Robbie and husband Clay, son Andy and wife Tara, with their daughters Maddie and Makayla.

CASTANEA – Friends of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail held two very special book signings along the walking/biking trail on Saturday.

A newly planted native wildflower garden has been dedicated in loving memory to longtime Lock Haven residents, Bill and Carrie Eisemann, by their daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Ron McGinniss and family.

And the first bench purchased for along the trail was dedicated in loving memory of Roman Caprio by his parents, Cindy and Jack, and his brothers, Vito, Vincent and Gabriel Caprio.

Friends president Wayne McCollough thanked the McGinniss and Caprio families for their generosity and said the garden and bench fit well with the group’s goal of promoting and improving the trail.

Members of both families were present for the inauguration, as were Clinton County Commissioners Angela Harding and Jeff Snyder and County Planner Katie de Silva. Also in attendance were several members of the Friends Group and representatives of the Clinton County Master Gardeners, who McCollough said lent their expertise in planning and supporting the creation of the garden.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON VISITORS BUREAU Cindy and Jack Caprio second from left, with their dogs Olive and Irma, meet with Clinton County Commissioners Angela Harding and Jeff Snyder and friends of Bald Trail Chairman Eagle Valley Wayne McCollough at a new bench installation along the trail, placed in memory of Caprio’s son, Roman.

Tina McGinniss said her parents would really appreciate the garden along the trail. She joked that she didn’t think she could identify most of the wildflowers planted there, but she was sure her dad could.

Cindy Caprio said the bench was a Christmas present from her sons in memory of their brother, Roman, who died aged 12.

Son Gabe Caprio previously worked in the county’s planning department and was director of the nearly 12-mile trail, which continues to be developed in phases by the county.

“Spread the Word” said Jack Caprio. “We want people to enjoy this trail and we hope they will think of the Eisemanns and Roman when they are here.”

The bench and garden are side by side along the Bald Eagle Valley Trail and are located in the rail-trail section that runs through Castanea and McElhattan.

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