Planting pride in Salem

Members of the Salem Beautification Committee of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce honor Stark Memorial Funeral Home owner Russell E. Loudon “for continued excellence in providing outstanding floral landscaping and displays. Thank you for being the epitome of ‘Planting Pride – City Wide’,” the plaque reads. Committee member Karen Carter said Stark Memorial goes above and beyond when it comes to caring for the landscaping, which is credited to staff member Jeff Davis. The committee issues awards for Yard of the Month and Business of the Month, but Carter said this recognition goes beyond that and takes it to a higher level. Pictured with Loudon outside the funeral home entrance are, from left, Robin Falk, Camille Franzen, chamber Executive Director Audrey Null, Elaine Kothera, Isabel Huber, Karen Carter, Carolyn Jones and Jennifer Brown. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)