Get to know the town: Milford volunteer Sara Pletcher

Sara Pletcher

Sara Pletcher

Name: Sara Pletcher

Age: 29-years- old

Occupation: Marketing/Communications Coordinator at GROWMARK FS LLC

Educational background: Milford High School 2004 graduate, Bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in graphic design from Immaculata University and a master’s degree in marketing management from Wilmington University.

Hometown: born in State College, PA.

When did you move to Delaware?

“I went to high school here in Milford. I graduated in 2004. But I moved here in the eighth grade. Someone told me if you stay here for 25 years and have kids here, you then become a local. I’m not having kids anytime soon, but I’m getting close on the years.”

Tell us about your job?

“I’ve been at GROWMARK for a little over five years. I do all the event planning, meeting planning, travel planning and marketing for whole company. We have 39 locations, but we’re headquartered in Milford.

“I do have two other paid, part time gigs. I design Milford Live each week and I’m an administrative assistant for the 4-H foundation for the state.”

Tell us about volunteering?

“I started on the promotions committee with DMI probably 5-6 years ago. In that time, we implemented the pub crawl which we just had the sixth one and the Brewgrass festival, the second one is in June. Last November, I was asked to be on the board for DMI. In February, I took Debbie O’Neill’s place on city planning commission. That term ends in August of 2017. I’m also on the March of Dimes Delaware chapter board and the St. John’s Parish Council.

Why do you like volunteering?

“I like to volunteer in the town where I live because I want everybody to enjoy living, working and playing in Milford. I want to make Milford the best town in the first state. Through events, the rebirth plan and community involvement, I think that’s very possible.”

How do you think Milford has evolved?

“When I was in high school, I said I’d never come back here and here I am. I bought a house and am totally ingrained in the culture here. I think it’s all moving in a positive direction. 10-15 years ago, there really wasn’t a Riverwalk to walk, view or enjoy. It’s really brought a lot of life into the downtown.”

What would you like to see in Milford?

“I would love to see more places to live on the river. I know that can be a contentious spot for some people. We have a very limited amount of nice rental properties in the area. But if we’re going to have families in the workforce, we’re going to need living space for them so they can walk to the downtown and enjoy everything Milford has to offer.”

How can locals help out?

“For DMI, we take volunteers from all nooks and crannies. They could join a committee to help see an event flourish or even begin one. If you don’t live in the downtown district, but know what’s happening downtown, share it with your neighbors. A lot of them don’t know that there’s life happening down here. A lot of the people know there’s a Walmart, but don’t know there’s a thriving downtown.”

What are your hobbies?

“I’m a planner by nature. So I really enjoy hosting parties on my new deck at my house. Being able to hang out with my friends. I’m a huge craft beer snob. I just got my master’s in marketing management and I focused on the craft brewery industry. I love meeting new people.

“I like to travel to Europe. Germany and Prague are probably my favorite, but I’ve been all over Europe. My favorite American spot is Charleston, S.C. I’m hopefully going to Asheville this summer, so that might change. They’re very big in the craft beer.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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