Keep Fremont Beautiful Hands Out Accolades at Annual Awards

FREMONT – If you think the lawns in this city are just a little greener, or if our litter pick-up projects make Fremont cleaner – you might want to stop and thank the volunteers and collaborators at Keep Fremont Beautiful.

This morning, Keep Fremont Beautiful’s executive director, Leila Hybl, hosted the organization’s annual Volunteer Recognition Coffee to do some thanking of their own. These awards recognize businesses and individuals that make a special contribution to keeping Fremont looking its best. Awards were presented today to two individuals and three businesses.

The Beautification Partners Award was presented to both Jon Kuddes and Falyn Walkenhorst, for their hard working keeping thousands of plants, hanging baskets and flower beds throughout the city weeded, watered and fed all year long. It takes a lot of work, as Jon Kuddes can tell you. “Twenty-five locations around town, sixty-four flower beds, and when you count all the pots, all the hanging baskets, we have over 200 things we take care of,” according to Kuddes. “I think we planted about 3800 flowers this year, and 75% of that was grown in the greenhouse from seed.”

Three businesses received Keep Fremont Beautiful’s “Clean Sweep” Award, annually presented to local companies who contribute in a significant way to Fremont’s green and clean aesthetic.

The first award went to Fremont Health, accepted by Brett Richmond, in recognition of their recent landscaping & green space project near the main hospital entrance.

Also recognized was Brian Sorenson, owner of Fremont Rentals. His company took over a space formerly occupied by Franky & Oly’s Bar, which closed after a fire marred the building and made it uninhabitable. The remains of the bar sat around for quite some time, until Brian and his team set up their new shop and cleaned the space up completely.

The final Clean Sweep Award was presented to Legacy Post & Beam on Morningside Road, a new business who recently relocated to Fremont and built an impressive space that stands apart from a “typical” warehouse.

Heather and Amanda, two of four part-owners of the new Fremont business, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.