Summer beautification is appreciated

To the editor:

Every spring something magical happens in downtown Oberlin — beautiful flower baskets and unique street banners appear on the downtown light poles, thanks to Steve Dupee and staff at Oberlin Municipal Light and Power and Dennis Cuthbertson and staff at the city of Oberlin.

The beautiful array of flowers in the 20 sidewalk flower pots are the work of Go Green Landscaping and Garden Center. The flowers and banners are a part of Oberlin Business Partnership’s “Keep Oberlin Beautiful” program, which also includes twice-a-week sidewalk cleaning and comfortable and colorful chairs placed around downtown. We partner with the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College and Oberlin residents to make this program possible. Over the summer we watch the flowers grow and become more beautiful with each passing week. Visitors to our town frequently comment on how lovely the flowers and banners are and how they add to the positive impression of our town.

The students in Mrs. Danielle Camino’s art classes at Oberlin High School paint the banners. Oberlin Business Partnership purchases the blank banners and art supplies and helps develop the annual theme. This year’s theme is “Parks and Recreation.” Every banner depicts an intricate painting of parks, historical landmarks, rivers, and more from the Oberlin and Lorain County area. We encourage folks to take a walk along Main Street, East and West College streets, and see the many recreational locations that our area has to offer.

Oberlin Business Partnership thanks the art students at Oberlin High School who painted the banners and, of course, Danielle Camino, who inspired them to do their best. Be sure to check out the poster in the window in our office at 23 East College St. to see pictures of the students with the banners they painted. Stay tuned for information on how to purchase the banners once they are taken down in the fall.

Janet K. Haar

Executive Director

Oberlin Business Partnership