Among several nominees, it was Marilyn Nash at Canby Pioneer Chapel Performing Arts who came away with the 2019 Business Beautification Award presented by the nonprofit Canby Area Beautification and the Canby Chamber of Commerce. The groups also gave a special award to retiring City Administrator Rick Robinson.
CAB representative Cathy Rae Smith and Chamber Director Kyle Lang presented the business award at the chamber luncheon on Oct. 1. Pioneer Chapel was selected among nominees including Gwynn's Coffeehouse, Oliver Insurance, Holly Street Dental, Canby Utility and Fred Meyer.
"These businesses were nominated for specifically contributing to the overall beauty of our community by looking at their outdoor spaces and grading them up," Lang said.
Smith described some of the reasons the chapel pulled away from the crowd to receive the honor.
"Marilyn Nash has put great care in the renovation of this historic site," Smith said, "even contracting a company in France for the correct glass when one of the stained glass windows was damaged during the roofing."
The chapel grounds feature a lush garden with hydrangeas on one side, and cafÉ tables and mature fir trees on the other side.
Chapel sales and marketing manager Marty Nash accepted the award at the luncheon, but gave all credit to his wife and chapel owner Marilyn.
"She will really appreciate this because she puts her heart and soul into this chapel seven days a week," Marty said. "So from all of us at Pioneer Chapel Performing Arts Center, we can't thank you enough."
The second award, the 2019 Canby Beautification Special Recognition Award, went to Robinson at the Oct. 2 city council meeting.
"Robinson's exemplary leadership, vision and support has been a great asset to both the city overall and the beautification efforts," Smith said. "At his direction, the city provided weekly watering to the Italian cypress and knockout rose bushes that Canby Area Beautification has planted along Highway 99E in Canby."
The CAB team is getting ready for another planting on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. The group will plant about 100 knockout rose bushes across from Canby Builders Supply and Millar's Point S Tire and Auto. The bushes were purchased thanks to donations from both of those businesses.
"We do an annual planting, and our goal with this planting is to really transform Canby into the Garden Spot," Smith said.
CAB invites the whole community to join on Nov. 23, rain or shine.
Canby Area Beautification is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that seeks donations and volunteers from the community. Smith said all donated funds go directly toward beautification since the organization has no administrative expenses. To learn more, visit the group's Facebook page: Canby Area Beautification.
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