Members of the Legacy 4-H Club, with a grant received from Enbridge, did some lawnscaping at the historic Bonine House June 21. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Legacy 4-H Club, with a grant received from Enbridge, did some landscaping at the historic Bonine House June 21. (Submitted photo)

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Legacy 4-H plants bushes and trees at Bonine House

Published 8:16am Thursday, July 3, 2014

“Some people wish it will happen. Some people wait for it to happen. Legacy 4-H makes it happen.”

That is the motto of an extraordinary group of over 50 kids and adults who descended on the historic James E. Bonine House at Penn Road and M-60 in Vandalia on June 21 to plant the front yard with bushes and trees, and lay a flagstone walkway.

The Legacy 4-H group, led by Linda Bogue and Rachele Ward, is only three years old, but members’ spirit and can-do attitude is inspirational.

The group obtained a grant from Enbridge to do planting at a historic site and chose the Bonine House. Kirk Wagner of Upstream Waters and Kevin Ryder, landscape architect, supervised the installation, which went smoothly until hitting long-buried fieldstone.

Undaunted, Legacy member Todd Collins ran home and returned with his excavator, making short work of the problem, Linda Bogue said.

“The group, from the youngest to oldest, worked like a well-oiled machine,” she said. “These families and kids are wonderful. We have a lot of community spirit and the parents love to have their kids involved in positive projects where all ages learn to work together. We are so proud to be part of the restoration of the Bonine House.”

A photo gallery of the Legacy 4-H Bonine House project can be found on


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