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It was a 5 Bloom – Silver rating for the Village of Pugwash in the national Communities in Bloom competition.

The village also received a special mention for its 2017 Pugwash, Our Community in Bloom Calendar during the 2017 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Ottawa-Gatineau.

The community also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Home Hardware Community Involvement Award. The Village of Pugwash participated in the Class of Champions (Small) category along with Ashcroft BC, Kinistino SK, and Tignish, P.E.I.
Over the summer, volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Colleen Stockford and Susan Ellis wrote, “The creative, beautifully photographed, witty and just a little bit cheeky 2017 Pugwash, Our Community in Bloom Calendar was artfully produced, and became an immediate hit! Not only did it sell out in record time, it raised $16,700 for Pugwash Communities in Bloom. This money has enabled the CiB committee to support many local initiatives, including donating funds to the Community Food Bank Garden and to the local recycling centre. It has also enabled them to establish a Pugwash Communities in Bloom Student Scholarship of $500 for a deserving high school graduate who wishes to continue with post high school education.”

Participating communities are evaluated using a “bloom” rating determined by the total score of the evaluation. One bloom, for example, has a total score up to 55 per cent, with two blooms falling between 56 and 63 per cent. Those scoring between 64 and 72 per cent receive three blooms, with 73-81 per cent equaling four blooms. Five blooms are given to those communities with 82 per cent or higher.

There are four levels of 5 Blooms exclusive to the National and International Edition – 5 Blooms: 82 to 83.9 per cent; Bronze: 84 to 86.9 per cent; Silver: 87 to 89.9 per cent; and Gold: 90 per cent and higher.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

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Raissa Tetanish
Raissa Tetanish is the new editor and marketing advisor for the Tatamagouche Light. She has more than 11 years experience as a reporter, with a background in both photography and photojournalism. She can be reached at 902-305-6177, or raissatetanish@tatamagouchelight.com.