FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A meeting was held Tuesday at the Blount Bridgers House to kick off Tarboro’s 2013 America In Bloom effort. Connie Sherrill and Buddy Hooks were announced to a group of 20 in attendance as this year’s co-chairmen. It was unanimously decided at a gathering held in December that featured a presentation from AIB judge Jack Clausen, that Tarboro would compete this year. Tarboro Town manager Alan Thornton attended that meeting and gave his nod of support for all to see.
America In Bloom is a non-profit organization that promotes “nationwide beautification through education and community involvement.” After the competition, the judges give each community its recommendations. This year’s competition will focus on the report card Tarboro’s group received from the 2012 competition. Although Tarboro did not get high scores, the report card revealed some impressive observations and provided some welcome recommendations for improvement from the two judges that visited Tarboro in June last year. In last year’s competition, Tarboro was nominated for three awards — landscaped areas, old town cemetery on Saint James Street and best community garden, the Saint David Street vegetable garden. “Just to be nominated is absolutely terrific,” Clausen said.
The growing AIB committee will set aside every Tuesday lunch hour (12:30-1:30), meeting at the Blount-Bridgers House, to proceed through the application process and to identify priorities for this year’s competition. Buddy Hooks, who will also serve as treasurer, has indicated that $3,500-$4,500 will have to be raised, both in cash and in-kind donations, to see this project through.
Interested Tarboro citizens are invited to join this group each Tuesday and to participate in this community-wide effort. You can learn more about America In Bloom by visiting the website: www.AmericaInBloom.org.