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September’s beautification awards to honor community

GRANDVIEW – Mary Barrett has this year been responsible for the city of Grandview’s monthly beautification award program.

This past Tuesday she told the city council the program has been successful, and she has felt it a great honor to notify winners of the awards.

Two award winners, however, have died. Barrett said both were pleased to know they were winners before they died.

Henry Prosise, she said, was 103-years-old and maintained his property. “He told me he thought more people should receive the award,” said Barrett.

The other, George Whitenack, also believed the beautification awards should extend to more residents in the community.

Barrett told the council she would like to honor the men by placing beautification signs in a park within each of the five sections of the city. Those signs would be placed in the parks this September to recognize the efforts of people living in the area of the park for maintaining their yards.

“Everyone would be a winner,” she said, stating the gesture would be a nice way to end the season.

Mayor Norm Childress struggled with the idea, not understanding the proposal. However, he said, “I see everyone nodding their head. So, I’ll pretend I understand.”

The council members thought the idea of honoring the entire community in recognition of the two men who died was something they could support.

No vote on the matter was taken.

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