By Dan King
Since 1995 the Slate Valley Garden Club has been giving out awards to those around the Village of Granville who maintain and beautify their property, thus aesthetically benefitting the community as a whole.
This year, those who took some extra time to maintain the beauty of their garden and property were awarded plaques and complimentary memberships to the Slate Valley Garden Club. The annual luncheon and awards ceremony took place at the Slate Valley Museum, last Wednesday.
The plaques are slabs of slate donated by Evergreen Slate Company, which were then designed and painted by Garden Club member Marcia Traver.
Five residents were given awards in the residential category; one business received a commercial award; one municipal award was given out and both the Green Glove Award and Golden Glove Award were dished out as well.
“Every year more and more people get involved in the beautification of our community,” Phyllis Miller, one of the Garden Club’s founding members said.
The five winners in the residential category were Judi Daigle’s property on Church Street; Brooke and Chris Farrell’s property on Pacific Street; Susan and Richard Parry’s property on North Street; Sandra Knipes’ property on Quaker Street; and Linley Bigney and Michael Norton’s property on Water Street.
Ernie Wood, who plants and maintains the property at Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, accepted the award in the Commercial Category.
For the Pember Library and Museum’s aesthetic upgrades, Donna Henry, who plants and maintains that property, accepted the Municipal Category award.
The Green Glove Award went to Judy and Ralph VanRiper of VanRiper’s Gardens, for their work in beautifying Granville. Unfortunately they were unable to attend the ceremony.
New for 2014 was the Golden Glove award, which went to Kathryn Somich of Church Street, who also had the opportunity to celebrate her 95th birthday (a few days early) at the award ceremony.
Margie O’Brien, the chair of the Garden Club’s Beautification Committee, said that the award recipients were chosen by the committee, based on a points system and this year, nine individuals or groups received awards.
“The committee members were the ones driving by your houses really slow, looking out their car windows and taking pictures.” O’Brien joked.
Each award recipient spoke briefly about their property and what makes it unique, while accepting their respective plaques.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, there was a luncheon and 50/50 raffle for all those in attendance at the Slate Valley Museum.
By Dan King