Judges Bob Cote and Lorna McIlroy check out a resident’s yard with Mayor Helen Posti on Aug. 7. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Eckville’s Communities in Bloom faces judging day

Communities in Bloom judges were in town on Aug. 8 for this year’s evaluation

Thursday was judging day in Eckville for this year’s Community in Bloom competition.

On Aug. 8 Bob Cote and Lorna McIlroy judged the community on floral displays, landscape, urban forestry, environmental action and tidiness.

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“We’re impressed and particularly with the people and the committee here and what they have accomplished so far, and the plans that the Communities in Bloom Committee and the Town has for the future,” said McIlroy.

The judges arrived in Eckville in the morning and began the day with breakfast at the Town Office before heading out for a tour.

The tour kicked off with the cemetery, which impressed both judges.

McIlroy said the cemetery is well maintained and Cote described the Cremation Circle as “very unique.”

Other highlights of the tour, according to Cote, was the petunia tree outside of the Eckville Manor House and the walking trail.

He also liked how the sporting facilities, such as the curling rink and arena, were together in one area with a large parking lot.

It was both McIlroy’s and Cote’s first time in Eckville, but based on the notes from last year’s evaluation they can see the community has grown.

“It’s always an improvement from year to year… It’s just grown, the community has grown, which is what the program’s about,” said Cote.

McIlroy added that “Communities in Bloom makes a difference.”

The score, or “bloom rating”, from Eckville’s evaluation will be announced in mid-September.

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JoAnne’s Petunia Tree was a highlight of the tour for the judges during their trip to Eckville. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

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