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Wednesday October 30th, 2013

Posted at 7:12pm

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Recipients of this year’s Essex Communities in Bloom 5-Bloom Awards gather with “Bloomer” and “Petunia” at Monday night’s celebration event held at the McGregor Community Centre.

Certificates of appreciation for local beautification efforts were handed at this year’s Communities in Bloom (CIB) Awards event on Monday.

“Bloomer” and “Petunia”, the Town’s new community mascots, presented 36 property owners and businesses with 5-Bloom Awards certificates, recognizing noteworthy landscape and improvement efforts.

CIB Committee Co-Chair Ron Rogers is excited to have Bloomer and Petunia on board.

“The Essex Communities in Bloom program is a municipality-wide initiative that creates great pride in our Town,” says Rogers. “In future, Bloomer and Petunia will appear in local parades and at local events as visible reminders of the CIB program and the small things people can do to show their civic pride.”

Entries in the Essex CIB Committee’s annual Front Yard and Balcony Contest are judged based on five criteria: curb appeal, tidiness and maintenance, variation and balance, stimulation of senses, and originality and individuality.

The Town received 130 entries by this year’s deadline on July 21. Judging commenced the following week with all 5-bloom winners achieving between 90 and 100 points.

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