Three-pronged approach to beautification in Mt. Sterling


(Posted June 15, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Beautification is the aim with three separate efforts taking place in the village of Mount Sterling.

New to the lineup is a community beautification committee, a group affiliated with village council’s nuisance and abatement committee.

“We had a couple of residents that expressed a lot of interest in beautifying our community–planting more perennials, possibly trees, weed-eating, doing some light landscaping,” said Becky Martin, a council member and chair of the nuisance and abatement committee. “I’m happy to report that the group is off the ground and working.”

Participants are performing tasks on a volunteer basis and securing donations of plants and supplies.

The nuisance and abatement committee also has resumed its “Award-Winning Yard” contest. Once a month, members of the committee drive around the village, choose three yards for recognition, and place signs in those yards.

The third way in which community leaders are encouraging residents to spruce up their properties is the 2nd Annual Beautiful Yard contest, sponsored by the Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce. As opposed to the village’s monthly yard contest, this contest is a one-time event and requires nominations.

The contest is open to residents within the village limits, Burr Oaks, and McClimansville.

Anyone can nominate their own yard or another person’s yard. Nominations can be emailed to or dropped off on paper to Courtney Bricker at town hall. Nominations must include: the name of the person making the nomination, the address of the yard being nominated and the owner’s name, if known, and a brief description of the yard. Photos are optional.

Judging will take place on July 2. Winners will be announced at the parade on July 4. (Note: The new start time for the parade is 10 a.m. Lineup is at 9 a.m. at the Mount Sterling Community Center.)

Prizes will be awarded in Chamber Bucks, redeemable only at businesses of Chamber members: $100, first place; $75, second place; $50, third place.

Upcoming events
Movie nights–The village’s May movie night was cancelled due to bad weather. The parks and recreation committee hopes to reschedule the event for July, making for two movie nights in July. The date of the second night is yet to be determined.

The village will show “Jungle Book 2” on June 26. Mount Sterling Public Library’s bookmobile will be on site. The selection for July 31 is “Tom & Jerry.” The movies are shown on the village’s inflatable big screen at Mason Park.

Food & Flea–Food trucks and flea market vendors set up at Mason Park the first Sunday of each month. The July event has been cancelled because it lands on July 4. Food & Flea will resume on Aug. 1.

Car shows–Steve Cooper, owner of the Dairy Freeze, 85 N. London St., will hold a retro car show on June 26 and a full-throttle car show on Aug. 21. Both events will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Village council granted Cooper’s request that Church Street be closed from London to Market streets during the shows.


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