After cycling some 20 miles Saturday morning, I took a break at Square Bean Coffee.

If you have not yet visited the shop, you are missing out on one of Carlisle’s newest entries in the world of food and drink.

I bought a large glass of the new Nitro Cold Brew coffee. It is non-alcoholic, but served on tap which gives it a natural creaminess and frothy head. I highly recommend it.

Being rather sweaty, I sat on the sidewalk and enjoyed what began as a rather cool morning for a mid-July day.

While the Square Bean and Helena’s Chocolate were bustling with young people taking part in summer programs at Dickinson College, most of downtown was quiet.

I watched as a golf cart made its way up the sidewalk. You have no doubt seen the same golf cart slowly making its way up and down High and Hanover Streets.

The occupants were members of the Carlisle Noon Rotary club and their weekend mission is simple — to water all the hanging flower baskets that adorn downtown Carlisle.

The flower basket project was initiated nearly a quarter century ago at the suggestion of Father Mark Scheneman, then president of the Rotary Club of Carlisle.

But the basket project has grown into a community-wide effort with the Borough of Carlisle, Downtown Carlisle Association, Dickinson College, the Stuart Foundation, The Carlisle Garden Club, and Cumberland County all donating time, services, equipment, or supplies. Local businesses like Tuckey, Howard Hanna, and many more, also contribute.

I realize Rotary and the various entities involved in this project are also involved in projects of much greater magnitude than the hanging flower baskets.

But on this peaceful morning my admiration of the beauty of the flower baskets was exceeded only by my gratitude for the people who love our community and give of their time and money so that we all may have these moments.

The next time you are in the area, take a moment to admire the beauty and appreciate the people because a beautiful downtown doesn’t just happen.

Gary Adkisson is publisher of The Sentinel. Reach him at 240-7110 or at


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