We’re keeping our eye out for former Trenton residents online just to touch base ask them what they’ve been up to since they left town — as well as what they miss about Trenton since leaving. Each month we’ll use this space to share some of our more interesting “finds.”

Remember Lisa Schrader?

                We found Lisa Schrader-Schactman after noticing an interesting program she was giving at Michigan State University. The Michigan Horticultural Therapy Association held its 33rd annual conference and Lisa spoke about practical applications of horticulture and its proven therapeutic elements for those with mental conditions.

                Schrader-Schactman is the niece of Trenton resident Rick Williams, the owner of Comfort Keepers and also a member of the city’s Park and Recreation Commission.

Williams said he is very proud of her accomplishments and was instrumental in having her speak with the Parks and Recreation Department to bring together SNAP (Special Needs Activity Program) and the current endeavors with the community garden.

                There are plans to introduce the fun of planting and caring for a seed in SNAP’s six-week summer program and the participants may get involved with the harvesting this year as well. While horticultural therapy is especially helpful for children with special needs, gardening really is therapeutic for everyone. Happy digging this spring!

                Schrader-Schactman lived in Trenton on Groh Street from the time she was 2 until she graduated from Trenton High School in 1988. She came home for one summer when she was at MSU, then moved to East Lansing.

                Schrader-Schactman now lives in Tryon, N.C., in the Western Carolina Mountains.  She moved there from Atlanta to take a job as a horticultural therapist at CooperRiis, a healing community for individuals with mental health conditions. She and her family moved to North Carolina to have a quieter life after living in downtown Atlanta for eight years.

                She said the most interesting thing she has done since leaving Trenton is that she swam with dolphins when she was in Mexico on her honeymoon. She said she was totally captivated by the experience.

                Her favorite Trenton memories were sledding in Elizabeth Park as a child and watching the ice float down the river each spring.

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