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Recognizing our local gardeners

To the Editor,

In an effort to celebrate the wonderful gardeners in the tri-state area, WVU Extension Service in Hancock and Brooke counties held its first Home Gardening Contest. Gardeners from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio sent in photos of their gardens. The categories were vegetables and flowers; gardeners could enter in one or both categories. Twenty people entered this first year with high quality gardens and we are very excited to plan for next year’s event!

The winning entries were judged by WVU Extension Agents Carole Scheerbaum and Norm Schwertfeger.

The winners are:

Grand Prize winner: Sandra Tournay, Weirton, who submitted a dazzling display of vegetables, such as beans, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, peppers and beautiful sunflowers.

The other winners were:

Vegetable Category: Sandra Tournay; Patty Soplinski, Burgettstown; Rick and Karen Rine, Weirton.

Flower Category: Carol and Larry Esterline, East Liverpool; George Hines, New Cumberland; Nancy Turkaly, Weirton.

We want to thank the donors of prizes for our gardening contest: Dan Taylor, Dittmar, Taylor and Macricostas Law Firm, Weirton, West Virginia; Iannetti’s Garden Center, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; Hancock County Savings Bank, Chester, West Virginia; Joel John, owner of Exquisite Creations by Joel in Wintersville, Ohio who donated a beautiful gardening wreath.

We hope that fellow gardeners will consider entering next year’s contest which will be bigger and better! Contact (304) 564-3805 to receive more information.

Ann Bailey

Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Assistant, WVU Extension Service Hancock County

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