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July 12, 2013

Blooming in Kenmore

appeal: Village event celebrates greenery and 'curb appeal' of local homes.

Tonawanda News — It might be when they look out their windows in the morning, or when they leave to walk their dog. It might be when they come home from work, or step outside for an evening stroll.

But one way or another over the past several weeks, the owners of about 450 front-lawn gardens in the Village of Kenmore have found small white-and-orange signs in their yards ... and the realization that they too have been "Bloomed."

This marks the third year of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society's Kenmore in Bloom campaign, which seeks to honor residents with yards judged to be high in curb appeal with flowers and color, said Melissa Foster, president of KVIS.

"We're raising awareness that having front lawns that have curb appeal is good for property values and the community," Foster said. "The more we care for things in a community and the more we show we care, the more that spreads. And that's just helpful to everyone."

The village is divided into 12 zones, each with its own volunteer Bloom Scouts, who do their own "advance reconnaissance" and select the homes to be honored. This year's Blooming took place from June 24 to July 8. Each honoree receives a small garden sign, a Bloom Booklet with a pamphlet and assorted garden goodies from the event's sponsors and an invitation to the Bloom Breakfast, which takes place this year Saturday morning at Kenmore United Methodist Church.

Kellie and Joe Long, who are serving as coordinators of Kenmore in Bloom this year, are no strangers to local garden events. Their home on East Hazeltine Avenue in Kenmore has been part of the Ken-Ton Garden Tour (which takes place July 20 and 21 this year) for five years and became part of the National Open Garden Tour this year.

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