Stewardson receives Governor’s Home Town Award

Published by admin on October 27th, 2011 - in Uncategorized

Stewardson’s Haunted Barn and Trail brought more notoriety to the Village of Stewardson as it was voted a finalist for the Governor’s Cup in the Governor’s Home Town Awards. Governor Pat Quinn recognized 28 outstanding volunteer groups from throughout Illinois with Governor’s Home Town Awards. The Governor’s Home Town Awards recognize volunteers for their work to improve their communities. The city of Mascoutah’s Little Indians Youth Football Program was honored this year with the Governor’s Cup.

The Governor’s Home Town Awards recipients were chosen by a group of volunteer judges who reviewed and ranked applications based on community need, use of resources and results. The judges then selected one project from each population category to compete for the Governor’s Cup. The cup is a traveling silver trophy presented to the community whose efforts were deemed most representative of Illinois’ spirit of volunteerism.

Projects were judged within their population category as well as within an assigned project category such as services and mentorship, memorials and monuments, parks and recreation, beautification and sustainability, and history and historic preservation. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administers the Governor’s Home Town Awards Program.

Each of the award-winning communities received a road sign and plaque recognizing its efforts. Accepting the award for Stewardson’s Haunted Barn and Trail were Mayor Lowell Moomaw, Eric Sutton, Peace Corps Fellow, and Shauna Curry, Patty Everett, Kris Renshaw, Perrie Richards, Barb Storm, and Tina Vonderheide, all volunteers involved in the Haunted Barn and Trail project.

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