Springing into action

The home of Betty Smith located 229 Spink was awarded a Beautification Award from the Milan Beautification Commission for the month of June 2016.

The home of Betty Smith located 229 Spink was awarded a Beautification Award from the Milan Beautification Commission for the month of June 2016.

By Joyce Ervin

The Milan Beautification Commission members and volunteers were busy last month planting the barrels that line Main Street and other municipal sites with spring flowers.  President Barbara Gardinier said in all the group planted 29 barrels, three planters in Tolan Square, one planter at the library and two new planters at the Milan Police Department.
If that weren’t enough, they also planted large beds by the clock tower in front of Milan’s Historic Old Fire Barn and the beds at the Milan Senior Citizen and Community Center followed by beds at the five entrance signs to the city.
The areas and barrels will soon be sprouting beautiful, brightly-colored blooms along with the perennial grass.
Besides planting, commission members were busy pursing the streets of Milan searching for June winners to be recognized with Beautification Awards.
The winners receive a letter from the City, a certificate award and a sign is placed in their yard or at their place of business acknowledging the award.   One such winner was Betty Smith who resides at 229 Spink. 
The red-brick ranch has meticulously manicured shrubs across the front, pots of pink geraniums and yellow miniature wave petunias.  The side of the house sports a bench with planters filled with red geraniums and blue flowers giving off a patriotic feel.  Hanging baskets also decorate the side entrance to the home.
Other winners are:
Shia Hines of 378 Ann Marie, Maria Devlin living at 268 Platt and Milan Dentist Office on Main Street near Kroger.
The commission is responsible for the seasonal changes to the city and sponsors the Beautification Award project and rewards residents for helping to keep Milan beautiful.

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