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Cultivating pride: BLOOM project brings color, beautifies Forestville

Special to the OBSERVER

2 Water St.

This past spring, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation announced a new community project geared to “acknowledge those who make our community BLOOM with vibrancy, beauty and color!”

That project was logically called BLOOM, Two local groups, Fredonia Garden Club and Imagine Forestville with the direction and assistance of NCCF, decided to team up to promote this very community based event and chose Forestville as one of the Communities to recognize those residents whom beautified their homes with a garden and that also helped beautify their neighborhood and town!

The time has come to acknowledge the efforts of many residents in Forestville! Imagine Forestville, Fredonia Garden Club and NCCF are so excited to announce the recipients of the Forestville BLOOM Residential Garden recognition for 2019!

The Forestville BLOOM committee of 10, was grouped into three smaller teams of 3-4 members. Each team was assigned certain roads in Forestville including an additional half-mile past the original village boundary, to choose the gardens that met the qualifications set up by NCCF to determine which gardens to nominate. The teams then met to review the nominations and finalize their decision.

Each residential garden recognized was given a BLOOM lawn sign and a thank you bag with gifts from various local businesses. In addition, the NCCF held a raffle of Chautauqua County Chamber Gift Cards for participating homeowners who submitted a BLOOM postcard and Forestville also held a raffle of gift certificates; gift baskets and other gifts from local businesses to homeowners who were recognized.

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Thank you to those businesses who generously donated certificates or gifts to help us thank the residents for their gardening efforts!

Those businesses are: NCCF; Tavern on the Mall; Caves; Fairbanks Farms Inc.; DeGoliers Maple Products; Forestville Auto Repair; Tri-County Country Club; Evans Bank-Forestville; Lake Shore Savings Bank; M&R Greenhouses and Mary Kay Consultant, Aimee Rogers. Please be sure to support our local businesses and THANK them for supporting Forestville BLOOM!

Twenty gardens in Forestville were recognized for their BLOOMING beauty!

It was such an honor to recognize those residents whom make their homes and gardens something to be proud of! Thank you to all for making Forestville beautiful one garden at a time! To view the gardens please go to the official NCCF BLOOM Facebook page through: www.nccfoundation.org/bloom

Recipients of the FORESTVILLE BLOOM recognition include: 14 Lodi, 6 Water St., 1508 Route 39, 2 Water St., 21 Pearl St., 6 Walnut, 1 Pearl St., 31 Cedar St., 29 Lodi, 27 Cedar St., 1 Swan, 10 Center St., 21 Academy , 18 Center St., 18 Academy, 20 Center St., 1952 Laona, 38 Center St., 27 Water St. and 10955 Mixer Road.

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10 Center St.

6 Walnut St.

21 Academy

20 Center St.

27 Cedar St.

18 Center St.

14 Lodi

1952 Laona

18 Academy

27 Water St.

21 Pearl St.

31 Cedar St.

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10955 Mixer Rd.

Forestville BLOOM Committee includes, from left: Shaun Lord; Rosemary Mancini; Kathy Buckley; Deb Messere; Brenda Antolini; Carol McEntarfer and Ila Merryweather. Not pictured are: Carol Woodward; Pam Waite and Aimee Rogers.

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