Seventh annual Beautification Contest involves 64 nominees
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (August 21, 2018) – The August 21 Village Board meeting included a series of award presentations by Tavin Brooks, a member of Lansing’s Beautification Committee who chaired the Beautification Contest subcommittee.
Brooks described the contest as “intense” because of the large number of properties that were nominated—59 different residential properties and 5 business properties. Brooks and his fellow judges chose 5 residential winners and 3 business winners, along with honorable mentions in both categories.
Each residential winner received a $50 gift card from Ace Hardware, a certificate honoring the accomplishment, and a bright yard sign announcing their winning status.
The five residential winners were not ranked First Place to Fifth Place; they all were simply designated “winners” and are listed in no particular order.
Village Communications Director Ken Reynolds (red shirt) snaps a photo of the Dykstras as they receive their award. From left: Brad Dykstra, Susan Bovino (Beautification Committee), Joyce Dykstra, and Tavin Brooks (Beautification Contest chair). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Youth Center Director Jenna Comer Hill offered to take a photo with the Heavens’ camera. From left: Patti Heavens, Sue Bovino, Tavin Brooks, and Jerome Heavens gather around the “Winner” sign they will display in their yard. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Larry and Marianne Lyzenga pose with their certificate and with Beautification Committee members Susan Bovino and Tavin Brooks, so Communications Director Ken Reynolds can get a photograph. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Sue Bovino (far left) and Tavin Brooks (far right) award Marion and James Quinn a gift card, certificate, and yard sign for their participation in this year’s Lansing Beautification Contest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Mary Yonkers (center) came up to receive the Lansing Beautification Award from Susan Bovino (left) and Tavin Brooks, members of the Lansing Beautification Committee. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Agatha Broza (left) received an Honorable Mention award from committee members Sue Bovina and Tavin Brooks. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Dr. Kerri Katsalis of Ridge Animal Clinic holds the certificate her company won in the business category of the Lansing Beautification Contest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Fred Schrum of American Legion Edward Schultz Chapter 697 and Lorraine Przybyl of the American Legion Auxiliary were present to accept the Honorable Mention award in the business category of this year’s Lansing Beautification Contest. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)