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PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON VISITORS BUREAU The McGinniss family poses with the plaque to be placed in a new wildflower garden on 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 from left are Ron’s sister Patty, Ron and Tina’s daughter Katie, their son Robbie and husband Clay, their son Andy and his wife Tara with daughters Maddie and Makayla.

CASTANEA – The Friends of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail hosted two very special dedications along the hiking/biking trail on Saturday.

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

And the first bench bought along the way 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 at the dedication, as were Clinton County Commissioners Angela Harding and Jeff Snyder, and County Planner Katie de Silva. Also present were several members of the Friends Group and representatives from the Clinton County Master Gardeners, who McCollough said offered their expertise in planning and assisting in the creation of the garden.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLINTON VISITORS BUREAU Cindy and Jack Caprio, second from left, along with their dogs Olive and Irma, gather with Clinton County Commissioners Angela Harding and Jeff Snyder and Friends of the Bald Eagle President Wayne McCollough Valley Trail, in a newly installed bench building along the way, erected in memory of Caprio’s son, Roman.

Tina McGinniss said her parents would really appreciate the garden along the way. She jokingly said she didn’t think she could identify many of the wildflowers planted there, but was sure her father might have.

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

Son Gabe Caprio used to work in the county’s planning department and acted as manager of the nearly 12-mile trail that continues to be developed in phases by the county.

“Pass the word on”, said Jack Caprio. “We want people to appreciate this trail and we hope they think of the Eisemanns and Roman when they’re here.”

The bench and garden sit side-by-side along the Bald Eagle Valley Trail and are on the Rail-to-Trail section that runs between Castanea and McElhattan.


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