Homeowners recognized by Let's Beautify Cumberland!

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October 22, 2013, Greg Larry, Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — The owners of three local residences received blue ribbon awards Tuesday from the Let’s Beautify Cumberland! organization for their dedication to maintaining the appearance of their homes.

The recognition event was held on the grassy strip beside Roy Rogers restaurant where LBC! members were doing a planting of spring bulbs and other perennials.

The three winners were Clarence and Shirley Nichols of 416 and 418 Valley St.; Shirley McCullough of 229 Humbird St.; and Bill and Terry Keegan of 310 Cumberland St.

“The whole LBC! came up with the idea for the blue ribbon awards to inspire our citizens to take care of their properties and recognize the ones that do,” said Nicole Wagoner, a LBC! member and city councilwoman.

Mayor Brian Grim and several LBC!?members were there to congratulate the winners, who were each given a plaque.

“When people start by taking pride in their own property, from their it can only grow,” said Grim.

Grim said LBC! has been a decades-long program that has made tremendous improvements to the community.

The plan is to make the blue ribbon recognitions a quarterly award, according to Wagoner.

Ed Mullaney, an LBC! member, nominated the Nichols’ Valley Street duplex.

“It catches your eye,” said Mullaney. “They change their plants with the season. You can see the pride.”

Clarence Nichols was asked how he got started taking care of his property.

“My dad did it. He used to mow the whole neighborhood,” said Nichols.

Linda Burgess nominated McCullough’s Humbird Street home.

“She always keeps it nice and superb. There is no trash around and it’s as clean as can be,” said Burgess.

“It’s just the way I live,” said McCullough. “My parents like things clean and my husband Jim did, too.”

Both Grim and Wagoner hope that people taking pride in the appearance of their property continues to grow.

“Pride is contagious,” said Grim.

“If you recognize someone, then other people will be encouraged and inspired to do the same,” said Wagoner.

Wagoner said that the awards are not only given to property owners, renters are also eligible.

The nomination for the Keegans’ Cumberland Street home was made by Wagoner.

“It looks so inviting,” she said. “I just wanted to sit on the porch and take a rest. It’s like its own little oasis.”

Grim said that members of LBC! like Ginny Decker, Mullaney and Wagoner have been instrumental in keeping the LBC! going.

“We want to keep the LBC! alive. We are in need of additional members,” said Wagoner.

Wagoner said those interested in volunteering can write to the city clerk at City Hall or visit LBC! on Facebook.

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