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Property owners to be honored

June 27, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The city wants to recognize residents and business owners who have improved their properties, and made Hagerstown a better place to live, work and visit.

Melissa K. Hynes, a city planner, said people can nominate themselves, other residents or business owners to the Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee at City Hall.

The winners will be recognized during a Hagerstown City Council meeting at the end of August.

"People who put a little extra into their property deserve attention," she said. "The city would like to recognize them."

Hynes said the private residence competition has four categories: single-family, duplex, town house and apartment.

The committee will select a winner from the north, south, east and west ends of town, and two winners from the downtown to vie for the grand prize, she said. Those same areas will be represented in the business competition: general retail, restaurant/pub, business service and professional office.

No decisions have been made yet about the prizes.

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Hynes said some of the things that residents and businesses should be nominated for include fencing, window boxes, facade and walkway improvements, flower beds and gardens, sidewalk plantings, and landscaping and trees.

Nominations are being accepted until Aug. 1, she said.

For more information, call the Hagerstown Planning Department at 301-739-8577, ext. 138, or go to www.hagerstownmd.org.

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