Lakeside Blooms Impress Judges

Posted on July 24, 2013

Evelyn Alemanni and Steve Preston, judges for Communities in Bloom, a Canadian nonprofit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement, have completed their evaluation of Lakeside Chautauqua.

Lakeside is competing this year with communities in Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Italy and South Korea as part of the International Challenge of the program.

Both judges seemed very impressed with Lakeside’s efforts in each of the judging categories, including Tidiness, Floral Displays, Landscaping, Urban Forestry, Historic Conservation, Environmental Action and Community Involvement.

During a closing night reception, the judges shared their initial reaction with a group of assembled community volunteers and donors.

They stated that Lakeside Chautauqua is a “model community” and should keep doing what it is doing to make the community so attractive.

Both judges congratulated Lakeside on its America in Bloom win in 2012 and expressed that Lakeside has set the bar high for other communities competing in this year’s program.

They also mentioned how impressed they were with Lakeside’s fundraising efforts to establish Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, a lakefront beautification project based on the recommendations of last year’s judges.

Residents, renters, business owners and guests worked together to spruce up Lakeside for the competition.

Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua president and CEO, said, “We are most appreciative of the efforts of all Lakesiders who made Lakeside shine during the judges’ visit. It was clear the judges valued the uniqueness and spirit of our community.”

Many thanks go to Bill Carlson, Mark Carle, David Glick, Gretchen S. Curtis, Carolyn Beears, Shirley and Richard Witteborg, Frank O’Dell, Bill Dudrow, Debbie and Tom Jones, Kathy and Doug Bohl, and Brenda and Frank who met and shared information with the judges.

We would also like to give special thanks to Mame and Bill Drackett who extended gracious hospitality to the judges during their visit.

Lakeside Chautauqua was the first community to be judged in the International Challenge.

Winners of the competition will be announced at a symposium and awards ceremony being held in Canada’s Capital Region, Ottawa-Gatineau, October 23-26.

In his closing comments, Steve Preston said that if you were to look up the definition of “Paradise” in the dictionary, Lakeside would be in italics.

Regardless of how we do in the competition, we can agree with Steve’s observation.