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Striking a Balance – CiB judges given a whirlwind tour

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

CiB Judges Tour

Communities in Bloom National Judges Steve Preston, retired from the City of Brampton (Ont.) Parks and Recreation Department and Gail Pearcey, President of Friends of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Botanical Garden, St. John’s, NL spent July 20-21 touring Clinton in the National CiB competition.

In the short time that they had to view the community, the CiB committee took them to as many sites in the area as could be fitted into the schedule.

They saw the three cemeteries (Kings Lake, Whispering Pines and the Pioneer Cemetery), Eco Depot, Clinton Museum, Reg Conn Centennial Park, toured West Fraser Mill, viewed the Painted Chasm, Community Garden, Robertson Square, the grounds and gardens of Gold Trail RV Park, the sewer lagoons and the new waterworks project. They took the self-guided Historic Walking Tour, met with Village Council and staff and generally viewed a great deal of the community in two days. They chatted with residents who attended the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday, July 20. Time had to be scheduled to allow them to do the evaluation as well. It is so interesting to see one’s community through the eyes of someone else. It really made me appreciate all that we have here in Clinton!

The community is evaluated on Landscaped areas (including turf and groundcovers), Urban Forest Management, Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Environmental Awareness and Action, Tidiness Efforts, Community Involvement and Floral Displays.

The results of the evaluation will not be known until the CiB National Symposium which is being held in Charlottetown, PEI in September. A copy of the Evaluation with the judges’ comments and recommendations will be sent to the Village following the Symposium.

Art Show Postponed

The Clinton Art and Cultural Society Annual Art and Artisan Show and Sale had been scheduled for Aug. 8-12 but has been postponed until October.

Watch for information closer to the date of the show.

Funky Flowerpots

As space here is a bit tight this week, we’ll save the news on the friendly Funky Flowerpot Competition with Lillooet until next week.

Suffice to say, Clinton won!

Susan Swan

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