Clawson honors residents for beautiful yards

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 1, 2017

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CLAWSON — Five families were honored during the July 18 Clawson City Council meeting for keeping up exceptional yards this summer.

“We are fortunate that residents do take pride in their homes and property, resulting in a well-maintained community,” said Mayor Penny Luebs. “It is nice to walk or bike ride through Clawson to see the different styles of homes and how they are maintained.”

The 2017 Summer Beautification Program Awards were given to Rocco and Linda Romano, of Park Drive; Joe and Paulette Realy, of Coolidge Avenue; Rod Wright, of North Batchewana Street; Frank and Elaine Pearcy, of Nakota Street; and Gary and Sue Stachel, of Shenandoah Drive.

The 2017 Summer Beautification Program is an annual event sponsored by the Clawson Parks and Recreation Department.

Each of the winners will be able to display their 2017 beautification award yard placards in their front yards.

“We just want to thank everybody for what they do in their yards, and thank the residents who call in nominations and who work hard in their yards,” said Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts.

Leenhouts said that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board drove by all 30 homes that were nominated this summer and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 based on many different factors.

City officials said they enjoyed looking at all the homes.

“There are some homes that are new to us on our award-winning list, and there are some homes that are repeaters,” Luebs said. “We all take pride in our home. It is a lot of work with the flowers and the gardening — some people have a green thumb, some people do not — but I would like to congratulate the winners.”

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