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St. Charles seeks to ‘Bloom’ again

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles America in Bloom Committee is at it again.

The group plans a second run in the America in Bloom national awards program after earning a four out of five “blooms” rating in 2015, as well as special recognition for the city’s community landscaped areas, according to a news release.

“It was wonderful to work with all the volunteers last year from the community and various participating organizations who came together to make this event happen,” committee member and 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis stated in the release.

“St. Charles’ civic pride was evident and really made an impression on the judges. We hope to build on the success of last year and bring home another recognition.”

According to the release, America in Bloom judges are expected to tour St. Charles from July 10 to 12. Floral displays, landscaped areas and environmental project sites will be evaluated, the release stated.

Community members are encouraged to consider the colors for the program’s plantings – magenta, purple, yellow and white – as they plant flowers, the release stated.

Other factors judges will review include St. Charles’ heritage preservation, urban forestry, environmental efforts, community involvement and overall community impression, according to the release.

Because the committee is obliged to cover expenses for the judges’ stay, a GoFundMe page – www.gofundme.com/STCHARLES-AIB2016 – has been established to help offset the estimated costs. The fundraising goal is $2,300.

Visit www.stcharlesil.gov/about/america-in-bloom or www.americainbloom.org for information.

How to help

The St. Charles America in Bloom Committee is seeking volunteers. Interested community members should contact any of the following people:

• Steve Amatangelo at Steve.amatangelo@sartorius-intec.com or 630-338-7085.

• Diane Cullen at dianecullen@sbcglobal.net.

• Maureen Lewis at mlewis@stcharlesil.gov or 630-584-4622.

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