With this year being the Communities in Bloom Canada 20th edition, this week has been proclaimed as, "Communities in Bloom Week." This week has showcased Millet through the Millet in Bloom Community Awards Supper, Judges Roger Younker of Charlotte Town, P.E.I. and Alex Pearl of Centerville, Ohio touring and judging our town, and the FireFly Acoustic Festival.
This program is more than just flowers, consisting of six categories arranging from tidiness, environmental action, urban forestry, heritage conservation, landscape and floral design. The entire community is judged under the categories Municipality, Business and Institutions, Residential and Community Involvement.
The president of Millet in Bloom, Carol Sadoroszney, commended the volunteers for the many hours spent in an effort to be the best community we can be. Our volunteers have put in over 3,000 hours of planting and maintaining some thirty gardens, forty-two planters/flower containers and eight window boxes. Painting, pruning and planting trees, scrubs and rose bushes, watering, and wood chipping gardens were just some of the many tasks. Beside all of these everyday projects, 2000 tulips were planted.
The Pipestone Park Enhancement Project was the main project this year, through a Legacy Grant from our participation in the Communities in Bloom International Symposium on Parks & Grounds and National & International Awards held in Edmonton in 2012. Millet in Bloom and the Town of Millet planted twenty-one trees along Pipestone Park Pathway, prepared areas for four park benches along the path, and five picnic tables at the Splash Park.
This is just a short overview of how Millet’s volunteers, students, town staff, council and community participate in the program, achieving the community spirit and pride they have.
Congratulations to all the winners for your continued support and participation in keeping Millet a community and town a place one can be proud to be a part of.