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Chambers family, Courtyard win beautification awards

Springfield group recognizes improvements to residential, business and community properties.


John and Pam Chambers, 135 W. Harding Road, were named winners of the Home of the Year at the Community Beautification Committee’s annual awards presentation Sunday.

The Courtyard by Marriott, which hosted the celebration, was named Business of the Year for its beautification efforts, particularly the garden around a fountain at the hotel’s main entrance.

CBC participants since 2005, the Chambers’ home was a Home of the Week Award in 2006 and stands out because of its flowers, shrubs and trees along with its backyard pool and waterfall.

The winners were chosen from among 2013 12 Home of the Week winners also recognized Sunday: David and Gayle Funk; Randy and Sharon Kimble; Larry and Mary Ann Stevely; Oran and Pam Sine; Ron and Sharon Tingley; Steve and Susan Vanzant; William and Debbie Fralick; Richard and Donna Miller; Donald and Marilyn Woodland; Ronald and Helga Grogg; and Raymond and Ann Walters.

The Fralicks won a special horticultural award for their unusual, unique and interesting plant displays.

Special Awards for unique beautification projects were presented to Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio for the wall art on their building; Clark County Master Gardeners for the Gateway Learning Gardens educational green space; National Trail Parks and Recreation District horticulturist for the gateway area on Cliff Park Road; and to artist Mike Major for his sculptures in the community.

Adopt-A-Bed Awards were presented to Duane and Karen Sims of the Champion City Volunteers for their Adopt-A-Bed at North, Bechtle and Columbia streets; to Marilyn Kissell for the Walnut Terrace bed; to Jim Miller and Joe Morrow and Springfield Kiwanis volunteers for their plantings at The Heritage Center of Clark County; to Dale Lucas of Springview Nursery & Landscaping for helping withAdopt-A-Beds; to Kay Steele for the Broadmoor flag bed; and to Pat Devier for her work at the Hawthorne Road bed. The Southeast Neighborhood Association won the Neighborhood Sign Bed Award for its Selma Road site.

Business awards also were presented to Splash Zone and Clark County’s Springview Government Center. Continuing Beautification Awards went to Bob Evans Farms Restaurant, 40 W. Leffel Lane, and to Heart of Country Gift Shop & Teaberries, 1600 E. Leffel Lane. A Neighborhood Improvement Business Award was presented for Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant for its new parking area.

Bernice Applin also was honored with a Chairmen’s Award for 30 years of volunteer beautification service to the city of Springfield.


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