Inspirational messages on display along local recreational trail

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KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A popular recreational trail in Luzerne County has taken on a new look during the coronavirus crisis.

“Totally different. There’s rocks all over the place,” Paul Williams, a Kingston Township resident, told Eyewitness News. “I see one right now actually yeah.”

On a weekend walk along the Back Mountain Trail, Paul Williams and his soon to be three-year-old daughter Emma noticed something about the trail has changed, it’s now dotted with eye-catching and thought provoking rocks.

“You know, I like them but my daughter likes them the most”, Williams said.

Emma calls them “eggies” because of the rabbits and different colors painted on them. But they weren’t hidden by the easter bunny. The miniature works of art were left by Jeane Grube and her daughter, Clara.

“This Is another person’s smile which is adorable,” Jean Gube said.

The Grubes liked these artistic rocks so much that they decided to be contributors.

“We saw one, oh, last month and it had an inspirational message about how we are all in this together and that really inspired me,” Jean Grube explained.

“We have plenty of art supplies in the house so it wasn’t difficult for us to just pick up this hobby and go with it and encourage others,” Clara Grube said.

One rock featuring an animal with a human’s body on one side and a human with an animal‘s body on the other helps coax a smile. Some rocks combine art and encouraging words like “Think Positive Be Positive”.

And other contributions aren’t rocks at all. A colorful little pouch dangling from a tree branch features a message to check on loved ones.

This artistic and inspirational effort along the trail has, in its own way, spread like a contagion of care. During these uncertain times, the Grubes hope it doesn’t stop anytime soon.

“Maybe we can help inspire our neighbors or give some people some hope,” Jean Grube said.

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