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Youngstown CityScape recognizes 2021 Beautification Awards winners - WKBN

Thursday evening, Youngstown CityScape recognized 12 people and organizations for their efforts in restoring parts of the city.

The Beautification Awards were given out at Concept Studio downtown. About 50 people showed up.

Among the awardees were the group that put together the Robinson-Shuba statue and the YSU students who painted a mural along an Andrews Avenue wall.

Several homeowners were also recognized. Sue and Gary Sexton for turning their yard on Redondo Road into a butterfly garden and Darla Ballinger for the meditation and relaxation sanctuary she created behind her house on West Boston.

“I do Tai Chi back there, I have tea back there, I hold hands back there, I hug people back there. We take walks back there and sometimes I do ‘wine-o-clock’ back there,” Ballinger said.

Also recognized was Bob Barko for his work on the State Theater Block Project and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for its renovation of the former Carmelite Monastery.

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