Tuesday officially marked the third year of the effort by Mayor Anthony Court to help improve the aesthetics of Ellwood City as he presented the first of five Beautification Awards for 2012.
Mayor Court and the rest of the Beautification Committee presented one of the beautification awards last week to several local residents who, each year, take care of and beautify the area across from the Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool in Ewing Park.
The winner of each beautification award is given a sign to be placed at the winning site, and gift certificates, donated by local businesses, are given as an additional award. In all, there are five total Beautification Awards to be presented, two each in June and July, and one in August.
Many Ellwood City residents are selected as award recipients, but only a few are chosen, said Mayor Court. He said it’s a hard decision for himself and the committee when there are so many residents who truly take pride in their work.