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St. Charles prepares to 'Bloom' as judging nears for national program

ST. CHARLES – When St. Charles is judged as part of the America in Bloom national awards program, the attention won’t solely be on the community’s floral displays.

According to news releases from the city, the judges – who are expected to tour St. Charles from July 10 to 12 – also take historical preservation and environmental efforts into consideration.

“We are excited for the judges to come to St. Charles so we can show off our wonderful community,” 5th Ward Alderman and America in Bloom Committee member Maureen Lewis stated in a release.

“I’m amazed at the time and dedication of numerous individuals and organizations that come together to make this happen. We enjoy great community spirit here in St. Charles.”

According to a release, a virtual tour of the judging route will be available on the city’s website so everyone can see what the judges will be viewing.

St. Charles boasts 42 designated historic landmarks, and the judges will be treated to many sites of local historical significance, according to a release.

The community profile submitted for the America in Bloom program highlighted such historic buildings as the St. Charles History Museum, the St. Charles Municipal Building, the Jones Law Office, The Filling Station Pub and Grill, Doc Morgan Inc., the 1836 Hunt House and the Raymond Judd House, according to a release.

“Honoring our history is a big part of who we are as a community,” Lewis stated in a release. “We regularly celebrate milestone anniversaries, are fortunate to have an active history museum that fosters awareness of the city’s unique history, and have a Historic Preservation Commission and ordinances in place to protect historic sites.”

The community profile also includes information about environmental programs, including the 90 percent residential participation rate in curbside recycling, collaborations between the park and school districts, and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, a release stated.

Visit www.stcharlesil.gov/about/america-in-bloom for updates about the city’s participation in America in Bloom.

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