Jeff Moore pulls weeds at the Bandon post office during a recent volunteer cleanup effort by the Holy Trinity Parish council of the Knights of Columbus. Moore and Mike Hahn led the effort. (Amy Moss Strong/Bandon Western World)
Jeff Moore pulls weeds at the Bandon post office during a recent volunteer cleanup effort by the Holy Trinity Parish council of the Knights of Columbus. Moore and Mike Hahn led the effort. (Amy Moss Strong/Bandon Western World)
BANDON — Observers had been complaining about the grounds at Bandon’s uptown post office. It took the Knights of Columbus to do something about it.

In early August, members of the Knights at Holy Trinity Parish here spent hours pulling weeds and vines, cutting grass, trimming hedges, pruning branches and doing a general grounds cleanup.

The Bandon postmaster said the property got shabby because she was getting three bids for the work, as federal regulations require. But two bids fell through, stalling the process. Meanwhile, the dandelions kept getting taller.

Mike Hahn, grand Knight of the local Knights of Columbus council, and member Jeff Moore led the volunteer cleanup, arranging work parties and inviting anyone interested to join.

The Knights of Columbus tend to the needs within the church as well as the rest of the community, Moore said.

“We noticed (the need for grounds work at the post office) for quite a while,” he explained. “It’s nice in light of the pandemic to be able to do something, and it’s also something we can do and see results. People are so glad it is getting done.”

Moore said the postmaster and other post office employees are appreciative.

“She was frustrated and said, ‘Whatever you can do, they’d applaud,’” Moore said. “This might be a good opportunity for any landscaper.”

The postmaster placed a sign on the front door that said: “A big THANK YOU to our volunteers from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and others who have donated their time and efforts to weeding around our Post Office! We know it’s an eyesore. We are still waiting on one more bid before the job can be awarded (hopefully permanently).”

Moore said Hahn was really the force behind getting the effort started and was at every work party. Others who helped were Greg and Nathan Daigre, Ray Ahumada, Bill Phillips, Deanna Moore, Jim and Kathy Cowan, Linn Farey and others. Barry Winters came by with a trailer to haul off brush.

“I’ve had fun,” Moore said. “It’s been really nice.”

Hahn, on the other hand, said Moore was the impetus to get the job done.

“Jeff came to me and said the post office needed the help and I said, ‘Let's go for it,’” Hahn said. Moore organized it and Hahn got the volunteers.

Hahn said if the grounds need additional work before the postmaster can hire a permanent landscaper, the Knights will do another cleanup.

The Knights of Columbus also put together Christmas meal baskets each year for members of the community who are in need.

The Knights’ council at Holy Trinity Parish was formed a couple of years ago and is one of the newest councils in the state, Hahn said.

“Father Anthony Ahamefule approached me a couple of years ago and in a relatively short time we had a group of 25 men who became the charter council members,” said Hahn.

During the pandemic, Knights nationwide have embarked on a program called “Leave no neighbor behind.”

“It is designed to make sure that, simply stated, our neighbors during this trying time are taken care of.”

A version of this story appeared previously in the Bandon Western World. It is used here with permission.