Client Feature : Beth CoolSubmitted by Pelorus Financial Group on March 31st, 2017
By: Sarah Glink
Retirement suits Beth Cool. It’s been eight years since she ended a long career at the Ashtabula County Treasurer’s office. Since then she’s been busy. The order of the day is no longer spreadsheets and data entry but volunteering, quilting, and gardening (among other pursuits). On a crisp March afternoon, I met up with Beth to chat about her life after work and picked up a few interesting tidbits.
Post-work Beth is a quilter, and a darn good one at that. She’s a member of the Ashtabula Friendly Quilters Guild. Her group teaches, creates, and displays quilts throughout our region. It also donates quilts to anyone in need of homemade comfort—something the PFG family can undoubtedly appreciate.
Beth also teaches quilting, and she loves new students. She offers a free quilting class at the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene on the first Monday of each month. She also leads quilting classes at the Jefferson Community Center and the Henderson Memorial Public Library, which sits just across the parking lot from the Pelorus main office in Jefferson. Most recently Beth held a “quilt as you go” class and has plans for a “stack and whack” quilting class this spring at the library in Jefferson.
When she isn’t quilting, Beth spends much of her time enjoying botanical literature at her local library. Her love of learning prompted her to continue her education. She is now a certified Master Gardner. The Master Gardener coursework isn’t easy, and it includes a heady dose of biology and chemistry. She recalls jokingly that her courses revealed “how little I actually knew about gardening.”
As a Master Gardner, Beth keep the city of Jefferson in bloom each year. She is a leading member of the local garden club and assists with their annual plant sale each Mother’s Day weekend, as well as a mum and bulb sale at the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival each fall. Her garden club is responsible for planting and maintaining the hanging baskets that line the streets of downtown Jefferson. It does annual plantings at the local cemetery and arranges landscaping at multiple community locations.
I asked for the Master Gardener’s advice on planning a garden this year. Beth suggests using plants suited to each individual garden’s sun, water, and soil conditions to grow the healthiest plants. She also advises using a soil testing kit every three years to assess what the soil needs, as it will certainly change in so many years. For fun, she says not to forget to add statues, benches, iron structures and even potted plants in your garden.
Beth has done a lot with these past eight years. She is a great resource for those with an interest in quilting and gardening. Still Beth has more up her sleeve. The items on her bucket list span from hiking the Appalachian Trail to traveling the Interstate Yard Sale (stretching from Michigan to Alabama). She hopes that she can one day achieve everything on her list. My bet is that she’ll do all of it and more.