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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 fifty 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 the 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. Judge’s comments: “Abundant use of color complimenting the wrought iron railing and architecture of building. Very inviting!”

SECOND PLACE: Richard and Kathryn Busse, All American Café, 99 Main St. Judge’s comments: “Masses of flowers and foliage create a beautiful enclosure for the al fresco dining.”

THIRD PLACE: Perry Ferrara, Cooperstown Souvenir Shop, 87 Main St. Judge’s comments: “Interesting mix of plant material commanded a second look while strolling down Main Street.”

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. Judge’s comments: “Perfect marriage of colors between house and garden.”

SECOND PLACE: Michael and Carol Manno, 20 Fair St. Judge’s comments: “Lucky for us the gates on Hoffman Lane were open providing us with a tantalizing peek at an elegant European style garden. We left, wanting to see more.”

THIRD PLACE: Richmond Hulse, 9 Pioneer St. Judge’s comments: “A rustic fence and cottage style garden are the perfect compliment to this house.”

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: Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Mary) Evans, 92 Fair St. Judge’s comments: “Red and white window boxes showcase nicely against the soft yellow of the home. The boxes complemented the overall landscape providing an almost storybook feel.”

SECOND PLACE: Carl and Geraldine Lavers, 14 Maple St. Judge’s comments: “Overall the best single hanging basket! Beautiful blend of colors, healthy and well maintained.”

THIRD PLACE: Marjorie Schellhammer, 26 Maple St. Judge’s comments: “Simple and elegant mix of plant material. Coordinating containersand window boxes draw the eye into the landscape and back to the home.”

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.

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