Home Hardware Congratulates 14th Annual Communities in Bloom Award Winners

    ST. JACOBS, ON, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Home Hardware Stores Limited, national
sponsor of Communities in Bloom, congratulates the winners of the 2008
competition for their recognition at National Awards Ceremonies held in
Lethbridge, Alberta on September 20th. The awards ceremony took place at the
National Symposium on Parks and Grounds and Awards Ceremonies and recognized
the best communities from coast to coast who participated in the 14th annual
Communities in Bloom program.
    Communities in Bloom, a Canadian organization committed to promoting
community beautification programs through friendly competition, encourages
communities to get residents, businesses and municipalities involved in the
beautification of local parks, homes and public areas. Participating
communities are evaluated by volunteer judges on eight separate criteria:
tidiness, environmental awareness, community involvement, heritage
conservation, urban forest management, landscaped areas, floral displays and
turf and groundcovers.
    "Home Hardware Dealers are proud to give back to their communities," said
Paul Straus, Vice President and CEO of Home Hardware Stores Limited. "By
partnering with Communities in Bloom, we believe we're helping build stronger,
healthier and more beautiful places to live, work and play across the
    Nearly 125 communities participated nationally and more than 450 members
of approximately 80 communities representing all Canadian provinces were in
attendance at the awards ceremony.
    The following communities received criteria awards based on their ability
to illustrate themselves in each of the criteria.

    Canada Lands Company Sustainable
    Development Award:                            Langford, British Columbia
    Scotts Best Community of Gardeners Award:     Kawartha Lakes, Ontario
    Home Hardware Community Involvement Award:    Brooks, Alberta
    Scotts Turf Builder Turf and Groundcovers
    Award:                                        Ocala, Florida
    National Capital Commission Floral Displays   Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville,
    Award:                                        Québec
    Waste Management Environmental Awareness      Charlottetown,
    Award:                                        Prince Edward Island
    Communities in Bloom Youth Involvement Award: Peterborough, Ontario
    Tree Canada Urban Forestry Award              Calmar, Alberta
    Communities in Bloom Heritage Conservation
    Award:                                        Millet, Alberta
    Canadian Nursery Landscape Association Award: Huntsville, Ontario
    Communities in Bloom Tidiness Award:          London, Ontario

    In the international competition, Brampton, ON won in the large category,
Stratford, ON in the medium category and Annapolis Royal, NS in the small
category. Stratford also won the award for Best Blooming Community in Canada
for achieving the highest aggregate score in both the WinterLights
Celebrations and the Communities in Bloom programs for 2008.
    The communities who were awarded top honours in their category (by
population), earning notoriety for their commitment to civic pride,
environmental responsibility and community beautification, are as follows:

    -  1 to 1,000: Muskoka Lakes - Port Carling, ON
    -  1,001 to 3,000: Calmar, AB
    -  3,001 to 5,000: Antigonish, NS
    -  5,001 to 8,000: Goderich, ON
    -  8,001 to 10,000: Dauphin, MB
    -  10,001 to 13,000: Ingersoll, ON
    -  13,001 to 20,000: White Rock, BC
    -  20,001 to 55,000: Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
    -  55,001 to 155,000: Barrie, ON
    -  Over 300,000: Mississauga, ON
    -  Canadian Forces: 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB

    "Home Hardware is the perfect sponsor for this event," said Raymond
Carrière, President of Communities in Bloom. "Their expert staff and quality
products are available across the country in over 1,000 stores making
beautification that much easier and convenient."
    Home Hardware Stores Limited is an ongoing national sponsor of both the
Communities in Bloom program and the WinterLights Celebrations, which promotes
community involvement through the enhancement of neighbourhoods and public
spaces with colourful displays, the staging of festive events and
winter-related activities.

    About Home Hardware

    Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware,
lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000
stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home
Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to
100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has
annual retail sales of $4.8 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1,
1964 by 122 independent hardware Dealers.

    About Communities in Bloom

    Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to
fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through
community involvement and the challenge of a national program.

For further information:

For further information: Rob Wallace, Public Relations & Promotional
Events Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited, (519) 664-4710

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