Local CVB offers beautification grants

The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently granted funds for beautification efforts to several community organizations.

Marietta Morning Rotary Club, Belpre in Bloom and the Historic Harmar Bridge Company are the organizations that received such funds.

The Marietta Morning Rotary Club plans to use the hanging baskets on a portion of the Marietta Rivertrail, while the Historic Harmar Bridge Company provides hanging baskets to the train bridge.

The work on the floral arrangements on the bridge was completed by volunteers Morgan Grammer, Elder Tullis and Elder Brown, a group of missionaries on a service tour for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Chuck Swaney, president of the board of directors for the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, agrees the investments helps to further beautify the community. “The walking path beside the train bridge is a high traffic area and the most popular way for those on foot to go from Marietta to Harmar Village,” said Swaney. “The baskets benefit both communities and serve to enrich the experience and beauty of those who use the path.”

The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a nonprofit 501 (c)(6) organization. The mission of the bureau is to promote Marietta and Washington County as a distinctive destination.