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Arndt earns May 2012 "Yard of the Month" honor

Arndt earns May 2012 “Yard of the Month” honor

NEWTON, NC (May 17, 2012) – If you travel on Brentwood Drive, you’ll likely notice the finely manicured lawn and landscaping of Vera Arndt, who deservedly earned the honor of “Yard of the Month” for May 2012. The monthly award was presented by Jan Freeman of the Newton Appearance Commission.

Arndt, age 93, has an impeccable landscape with a weed-free yard and a multitude of flower beds. Her entire back yard is a garden paradise with flowers, plants, and shrubs of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Her father, G.D. Drum, was the founder of Midstate Mills and instilled his love of farming and outdoors in his daughter. “I grew up on a farm, and I just love the outdoors,” Arndt related. “I’m not really able to mow any more, but I still take care of my plants, pull weeds, and trim my shrubs.”

She grows several varieties of orchids, which is one of her favorite flowers. Actually, Arndt was recently presented an award by the Catawba Valley Orchid Society. She is also a long-time member of the Newton Shorts and Jeans Club. Arndt has a rose bush that spans several generations, but also has a wide array of rhododendrons, begonias, geraniums, and azaleas – just to name a few.

The City of Newton congratulates Vera Arndt on her selection as “Yard of the Month” for May 2012, and expresses its appreciation for her beautification efforts.

The Newton Appearance Commission is now accepting nominations for “Yard of the Month” through August. Selection will be based on attractive, well-maintained landscaping and overall aesthetics. For more information, contact the Newton Recreation Department at (828) 695-4317.

About the Newton Appearance Commission… The Newton Appearance Commission makes a careful study of the visual problems and needs of the city and the area comprising the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction of the city. The commission makes plans and carries out any programs that will enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the city. Members are appointed by the City Council.