When Pittsburg Beautiful representatives showed up on the front porch of the home of Ralph and Debbie Redd, 728 W. 1st, in October, Debbie said she was surprised and delighted.



“I was very excited, I thought it was quite an honor,” Debbie, who works at Mountain West, said. “I’d seen houses with the signs from time to tome, and I said to my husband ‘gee, I wish we could get that sometime. We always make it a point to keep our yard neat and tidy.”

When Pittsburg Beautiful representatives showed up on the front porch of the home of Ralph and Debbie Redd, 728 W. 1st, in October, Debbie said she was surprised and delighted.

“I was very excited, I thought it was quite an honor,” Debbie, who works at Mountain West, said. “I’d seen houses with the signs from time to tome, and I said to my husband ‘gee, I wish we could get that sometime. We always make it a point to keep our yard neat and tidy.”

Redd said she and her husband started landscaping their property years ago.

“We had some landscape timbers but they were rotten, so we replaced them with concrete edging,” Debbie said. “It made a huge impact. Everything looked so much cleaner.

“We also did some landscaping out front,” she continued. “It added a lot of curb appeal. There were a lot of flowers planted. We also painted some accent colors on the porch, just little stuff.”

Debbie said she and Ralph also added a “huge” pond and a waterfall with koi fish to the back yard.

Bud and Bev Wilkinson, 919 Turner Drive, received the award in September.

“We were really caught off guard,” said Bev, an administrative assistant at Pittsburg Community Middle School. “We always took pride in it and worked on it. The guy said he watched all the work we’ve done on our house, and we were really shocked.”

It doesn’t hurt that Bud works for the landscaping department at Pittsburg State University. The couple, who has lived in their home for 38 years, added a family room, a garage, a new deck in the back yard, new windows and landscaping out front this last spring. That includes a new tree and bushes, and a new cement driveway.

“We plant to go along with the time of the year,” Bev said. “As far as landscaping, we keep our yard treated. Bud treats it and mows it and keeps it up. We also keep flowers and bushes, and added a patio and ornamental grasses.

“We really appreciate being nominated for this,” Bev continued. “We really enjoy making improvements to the house.”

Chris Norris, agency principal for Insurance Solutions, 1002 N. Broadway, said he enjoyed fixing up the exterior of his new business and that the award was a validation of his hard work.

‘I felt awfully good about it,” Norris said. “When I bought the location it needed a lot of work.”

Norris said he qualified for facade grant money, and assistance from the city.

“It seems like since we’ve redone it, the city of Pittsburg’s been awful good to us,” Norris said. “When I was looking for locations, it looked to me like Pittsburg is one that’s growing. It looks like this is the town to be in right now.”

Norris said he repainted the exterior and the mansard roof of his building, which used to be the Coney Island restaurant in the 1930s.

“I also want to put in some shrubbery and make it handicap accessible,” he said. “I want to build and build off what we’re doing here.”

Warren Ettinger, owner of Ettinger’s Office supply at 723 N. Broadway, said he decided to paint the exterior, and added a new sign.

“We’re proud to be able to say were the pride of the city,” Ettinger said.

Other winners were Clara McCabe, of 217 W. Kansas, and Jim and Linda Sours, of 303 Winwood

September winners:
Bev and Bud Wilkinson, 919 Turner Drive
Clara McCabe, 217 W. Kansas
Ettingers Office Supply, 723 N. Broadway

October winners:
Jim and Linda Sours, 303 Winwood
Ralph and Debbie Redd, 728 W. 1st
Insurance Solutions, 1002 N. Broadway