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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Beautifying Fairfield the work of many

By Suzan Bates Kessel | Jan 24, 2013

To the editor:

It is January, and while we are in the deep of an Iowa winter, we know what lies beneath the snow ... grass to be moved and weeds to be pulled, and even trash to pick up. Winter is a restful break from these arduous tasks.

As we all anxiously await spring and the joyful jobs like planting our gardens and flowers, the Fairfield Beautification Commission would like to say “thank you” to those many individuals who in 2012 kept our community looking good.

Every year it takes the combined efforts of a lot of dedicated people to make Fairfield a beautiful and satisfying place to live. Whether it is their job with the city, a supportive business, thoughtful organization or giving volunteer — countless hours are spent on our community’s behalf.

City departments quietly hang banners and string Christmas lights, while Park & Rec’s Pam Craff and staff sees that our parks are mowed and plants are watered. Businesses are giving, like Oakwood & HyVee donating greenery and plants, or Cambridge Investment providing employees for our “Adopt-a-Spot” painting and cleanup projects. Our downtown garden nodes were tended to with caring hands of Master Gardeners last year, and the Chamber of Commerce organized generous donations for hanging flower baskets. Iowa Workforce’s young men and women gave us two days of physical labor. Individual volunteers help wherever there is a need, sometimes at a request, and other times secretly doing good deeds. Thank you all, and the many others not specifically listed here.

The Fairfield Beautification Commission wants you all to know how much you are appreciated in increasing respect and pride in our surroundings. We look forward to 2013, and working with many of the same partners and individuals who care about and contribute to sustaining quality of life in Fairfield. Together we all make a difference.

 

—Suzan Bates Kessel, Fairfield Beautification Commission

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