After the recent passing of David “Doc” Middleton, the ACV baseball team looked into possible ways to show appreciation for his community service. Instead of flowers, a memorial tree or grove of trees was one possibility, but the initial option involved planting at an unknown location. The island area by the student parking lot recently had been cleared of the struggling crabapples so that location was considered by the baseball community. After checking with the school administration and ACV Maintenance, who didn’t have immediate plans for the area, we were given the green light for planting.
Although the baseball team wanted to help plant the trees, due to virus concerns, two coaches seized advantage of the warm weather and planted seven of these specimen trees at the school on November 9th, 2020. Kousa Dogwood “Scarlet Fire” was chosen because of its size, reddish flowers, red fall foliage, and resistance to some of the health issues of the native dogwood.
Doc was a character and he had a good sense of humor. Even though he was extremely fond of his cats, we believe he would get a kick out of us planting ‘dogwood’ trees. The location seems fitting because that’s where he was always ready to board buses to accompany the school’s football, basketball, or baseball teams.
Donations for the trees are still being accepted and can be directed to Doc’s Memorial, c/o Mike Weigle, 511 Washington Street, Parker, PA 16049.
Any extra funds will be donated to a “Doc Middleton Scholarship Fund.”