Staff Report • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN — Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Clark Foundation, announced Tuesday, Aug. 25, the winners of the 2021 Clark Foundation Cooperstown Beautification Contest. Held annually since 1954, village residential and business properties are judged on their horticultural beautification efforts in three categories.
“Over sixty years ago, my grandmother, Susan Vanderpoel Clark, founded the Cooperstown Beautification Contest to recognize the tremendous time and effort so many of our residents take to make our village look welcoming and beautiful,” Clark said in a media release. “She would be so happy that this wonderful tradition continues to make our village even more special.”
The 2021 judge was Anthonie Nederhand from Whitesboro. Born in the Netherlands, he graduated from The Royal Horticulture University and started his career as a rose grower in Great Britain and Canada. He ultimately became a partner and corporate officer at Baker Greenhouses, Inc. in Utica. His lifelong experience in the field of horticulture has continued for the past 16 years as an employee of the Express Seed Company in product development.
Most Attractive Floral Display in a Business Setting was won by Richard and Kathryn Busse for their Pioneer Patio at 46 Pioneer St.
“The abundant display of beautiful calibrachoa baskets and window boxes of complimentary blooms and accent plants draws you into a forgotten back alley,” Nederhand said. “An impressive dedication and commitment to maintaining plant material is evident.”
Hard Ball Cafe on Main Street and Slices/Inside Scoop Ice Cream won second and third place, respectively.
Most Effective Overall Planting Which Enhances a Residential Property, As Seen From the Street was won by Peter and Judith Henrici as 92 1/2 Pioneer St.
“This well-manicured front yard beautifully combines annual blooms with the existing perennial beds,” Nederhand said. “The inclusion of tropical plants on the front porch draws your eye to the house and adds additional interest and detail to the floral display.”
Shawnee and Dana Sanders and James and Eileen Anania won second and third place, respectively.
Most Appropriate Residential or Business Window Box or Boxes was won by Richard and Barbara Havlick at 94 Fair St.
Nice use of perennial plantings and well maintained, colorful window boxes stretching to the sky – a perfect complement to the home and a beautiful view from the road,” Nederhand said.
Robert Birch won second place and Anthony and Theresa Casale won third place.
Winner received a $1,000 award for First Place; second place $750, third place $500.00 for Third Place; and $400 for honorable mentions in each category.