Who was our March Good Neighbor? No March Madness here, just a sweet family of six. Not only were the parents nominated but their 4 kids too. It's too hard to wait so here it is ...... the Mike & Shara Holt family!
The person that nominated them stated that "they have always been so kind to everyone around them. They are always helping someone move in, babysitting other families' children and making dinner for older neighbors." This neighbor observed that Mike & Shara are teaching their children to serve and love everyone. We heard echoes of this nomination letter from others as the described the Holt family as happy and with lots of smiles and kindness to others.
We were so happy to hear about this wonderful family. They do sound as the author described - amazing.
We were excited to award the Good Neighbor to a wonderful neighbor and his grandsons. Any guesses on who it is? This man looks after a neighbor and helps when he sees a need. In the fall this grandpa included his grandsons in cleaning up a yard full of leaves and hauling them off. Ready to guess yet? It is Robert Hendricks and his grandsons Brendan and Jackson Neuhart! We had a little challenge tracking down these good neighbors but were happy to find them and surprise them with treats of all kinds. The person that nominated them expressed gratitude for people showing up to help and hauling off the green waste. They said that they have been able to care for their yard for the past 50 years but now are thankful for the help. She said these neighbors deserved merit and we got to do just that, give merit.
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Thanks again Robert, Brendan, and Jackson! We appreciate your kind service that blesses people in Hyde Park.
October brought fall leaves, pumpkins, and some amazing Good Neighbors. We are happy to announce the Rich and Lynne Eckburg are the October Good Neighbor Award Winners. We heard a recurring theme with the Eckburg's that they are always checking in on their neighbors and serving them. "They help with yard work, they visit the lonely and they are good listeners." Many times Rich can be seen blowing leaves off the walkway or raking up leaves. "Every time we pass them in their yard or somewhere in the neighborhood they are always smiling and happy to see you. They are so friendly and kind. They work hard and they go out of their way to serve behind the scenes doing the little, but important things." We all know that the little things are the big things! And we want to thank Rich and Lynne for helping to make Hyde Park our little corner of heaven. They kept insisting that their neighbors were the ones that served them. It sounds like a great neighborhood to live in, doesn't it?
August brought some really fun good neighbors. We were able to surprise Andy and Michelle Haws with the August Good Neighbor Award.
They are new to Hyde Park but it didn't take long to realize why they were nominated and described as amazing. They were so gracious to us and we felt an instant friendship. And that is one of the things that was mentioned in the nomination letter, that not only are they good people but great friends. They have gone above and beyond in the neighbor department by not just asking if help is needed but just jumping in and serving.
They are mindful, service-oriented, observant, and act without waiting to be asked. They give without expectation of anything in return. The person that nominated them added a list of things that Andy and Michelle have done to serve in the neighborhood but our favorite was that they are always kind and friendly.
Our Good Neighbor Award winners for July are Machelle and Jay Dee Barr! They have given a lot of service to Hyde Park in ways that not many people are aware of. About 10 years ago our city float needed a major overhaul clear down to the flatbed needing new wood for a new base. With Jay Dee's construction abilities and Machelle's decorating talents they created a beautiful new float that served our city for many, many parades. Of course, it was one of the best looking floats in the whole valley! We didn't realize just how solid and sound the float was until we started tearing it down a little to do some remodeling for a new look. There were more staples than could be counted and a beautiful solid structure that our princesses were able to use. There's no doubt that it will still be solid and fine in years to come when we might change the look again.
The Barr's gave a lot of time and effort and out of their own pockets to give the city the wonderful float they did. We hope that when you see the float gliding down the road you will remember the hard work and sacrifice that Machelle and Jay Dee gave to our city.
And it doesn't stop there, the Barr's give service to their friends and neighbors and church and beyond our city limits also. We are so grateful to them for all they do to make Hyde Park an even better place to live! Thank you Machelle and Jay Dee!