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September 21, 2011

Foundation honors beauty of Cooperstown properties

Staff Report

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Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Clark Foundation, recently announced the winners of the Cooperstown Beautification Contest for 2011. The annual contest, held yearly by The Clark Foundation, makes awards to community residents and businesses in three different categories of horticultural beautification.

"My grandmother Susan Vanderpoel Clark, who founded the Cooperstown Beautification Contest over 50 years ago, would be so happy by the many wonderful properties considered by the judge this year," Clark said in a media release. "The tremendous efforts of all of the participants help make our beautiful village even more so!"

This year's results are accompanied by comments from judge Kathy Tripp. Tripp is a graduate of the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill's plant science department and has been a floral designer at Coddington's Florist in Oneonta for 13 years. She is also an instructor of floral design at SUNY Cobleskill.

Results are as follows:

Most Attractive Floral Display In A Business Setting.

First place: C.J. Dimick, Hotel Pratt, 50 Pioneer St.

Second place: Richard and Kathryn Busse, All American Café, 99 Main St.

Third place: Perry Ferrara, Cooperstown Souvenir Shop, 87 Main St.

Honorable mention: AAA Tri County Motor Club, 72 Elm St.; Scott White, president, Bank of Cooperstown, 73 Chestnut St.; Richard and Kathryn Busse, Pioneer Patio, 46 Pioneer St.

Most Effective Overall Planting Which Enhances A Residential Property, As Seen From The Street.

First place: Bridget O'Mar and Jose Raul Monzon, 108 Pioneer St.

Second place: Michael and Carol Manno, 20 Fair St.

Third place: Richmond Hulse, 9 Pioneer St.

Honorable mention: Martin and Margaret Tillapaugh, 24 Pioneer St.; Julie H. Fiora, 5 Old School Court; Elisabeth Giffin, 90 Fair St.; Ronald and Susan Streek, Main Street B&B, 202 Main St.

Most Appropriate Residential or Business Window Box or Boxes and/or Hanging Basket or Baskets

First place: Donald and Mary Evans, 92 Fair St.

Second place: Carl and Geraldine Lavers, 14 Maple St.

Third place: Marjorie Schellhammer, 26 Maple St.

Honorable mention: Lee Malone, 5 Susquehanna Ave.; Steve and Patricia D'Esposito, Rose & Thistle Bed & Breakfast, 132 Chestnut St.; Jack and Gayle Smith, Overlook B&B, 8 Pine Boulevard; Patricia Sheldon, 77 Chestnut St.