The national Communities in Bloom jusges were in Ashcroft last week. Steve Preston from Ontario and Gail Pearcey from Newfoundland were given the grand tour by Ashcroft CiB members Andrea Walker and Sandy Butler.

Ashcroft shows its best to CiB judges

The national judges were here; the winners of Ashcroft's Scott's Best Garden Selection have been announced.

On a day when our weather was unusually unsettled, the Communities in Bloom judges made their way around our Village taking in the many aspects of the criteria for the program.

We toured them from one side of town to the other and they met with Village office staff, asking questions on various bylaws, operations issues and budgets. They toured both the local health care auxiliary thrift store as well as Second Time Around, the museum, the recycling area and the bottle depot.

We drove up and down local streets admiring the neatness of our Village and the care taken in our resident’s yards. They were impressed with the baskets on main street, the new street banners, the landscaping around our businesses and the lovely green playing fields at the pool park. The admired our new tennis courts, the student garden area at Ashcroft Secondary School, the murals and flowers on the fence at Ashcroft Elementary School and loved looking around at Desert Hills Ranch.

Heritage Park, which we always say is the “gem of our community,” was a huge hit with the judges. They were so impressed with the heritage artifacts, the storyboards, memorial benches, tables and trees and the overall landscaping that has been a joint effort between Communities in Bloom and the Village. Thank you to all businesses and residences for contributing so positively to our community.

Communities in Bloom members were around town on Friday distributing congratulation packages to 10 more residents who are the recipients of the Scott’s Best Garden Selection awards. The residences selected and proudly displaying their signs for the next three weeks are:

1396 Government St. – Vivian Edwards

1417 Battel St. – Diana Hillocks

1212 Mesa Vista Dr, – Oscar Battel

805 Cariboo Cres. – Lynn Koster

410 Mesa Vista Dr. – Alex Lepore

290 Cliff Cres. – Bruce Walker

1203 Vista Heights – Keith Cheyne

201 Brink St. – Bob Tuohey

201 Bancroft St. – Ian Burnby

213 Ash St. – R. Ouellette

Take the time to drive around the Village. Try to look at it through the eyes of judges who have never been here before and visualize how they see it. Neat yards and businesses, virtually no litter or graffiti and an obvious pride in where we live. Well done!

Andrea Walker

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