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City property owners recognized for beautification efforts

September 17, 2007

The City of Hagerstown recently initiated an award program known as "Highlight Hagerstown," aimed at encouraging residents and business owners to improve the curb appeal of their properties.

The Hagerstown Beautification Advisory Committee, promoting the new program, asked individuals in the community to help find neighbors who deserve recognition by nominating homeowners and business owners who have beautified their residential or commercial property in various ways, ranging from landscaping to facade improvements. The committee then selected certain nominees for a Highlight Beautification Award.

"We hope that the Highlight Hagerstown Beautification Awards Program will serve not only to recognize outstanding efforts to enhance properties through landscaping and general property upgrades, but also will motivate others to beautify their properties in Hagerstown," Planning Director Kathleen A. Maher said. "In keeping with Lady Bird Johnson's campaign, 'Keep America Beautiful,' we hope to spark activism with this program that will 'Keep Hagerstown Beautiful.'"

The City of Hagerstown showed appreciation for those nominees chosen as winners at the City Council meeting Aug. 28 by presenting each with a Highlight Beautification Award.

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· For residential properties in the North End the First Place winners were Frances and Leslie Saunders of 236 Mealey Parkway. Runner-up was William and Sara Ann Godwin of 215 E. Irvin Ave.

· East End First Place winners were Ray and Pat Lushbaugh of 331 Radcliffe Ave., and the runner-up was Ann S. Mitchell of 600 Observatory Drive.

· South End First Place winner was Carlton Rowe of 437 Summit Ave., and the runner-up was David and Sandra Needy of 449 Guilford Ave.

· West End First Place winners were Richard and Diana Herber of 1421 Salem Ave., and the runner-up was Linda Jean Schuller of 1408 Salem Ave.

· New Developments First Place winner was Cortland Villas and the runner-up was Gateway Crossing.

· Commercial Property for Architectural Improvements First Place winner was Demcore Development for 28 S. Potomac St. The runners-up were Paul Deputy and Steve Cook for 41 N. Potomac St.

· Commercial Property for Landscaping Improvements First Place winner was The Maryland Theatre at 21 S. Potomac St., and the runner-up was the Westview Business Center at 223 N. Prospect St.

"The City of Hagerstown extends congratulations and many thanks for these individuals who have spent their time and effort taking pride in their properties and helping to make Hagerstown a more beautiful and enjoyable place to live and work," Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said.

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