Reelsville resident Bill Hutson is one of six finalists in the nationwide search for the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year, supported by Lowe’s.
Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States.
The Tradesperson of the Year is someone who gives back to the community, is a valued member of his or her skilled trade industry, and reflects the Rebuilding Together values of selflessness and dedication to serving others. A panel of judges chose Hutson and five other finalists from across the country in the annual search.
Hutson is a master craftsman with more than 25 years of professional experience, who recently founded Table Talk Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to remodeling and rehabilitating the homes of the elderly and those in need. This project has improved the lives of countless families and individuals, and he has donated $300,000 of his personal funds to change lives.
Hutson recently received the Indianapolis Colts’ “Anthem Angel” award for his outstanding community service.
The Tradesperson of the Year grand prize winner will receive a Super Bowl XLVIII getaway for two to New York, in addition to prizes and products from sponsors.
The winner will be announced on Oct. 17 at the Remodeling Show and Deck Expo in Chicago. HGTV and DIY Network host Chris Grundy will be on hand with radio personalities and nationally recognized home improvement experts Mark & Theresa Clement from the MyFixitUpLife talk show to announce the winner.
In addition to Lowe’s, other partners and sponsors include: HGTV and DIY Network, MyFixItUpLife and Choice Hotels International. To learn more about Tradesperson of the Year and to vote for your favorite finalist, visit: www.rttradespersonoftheyear.com. Voting ends Monday.
Two University of Illinois Edgar County Master Gardeners received state awards at the annual Master Gardener State Conference in Moline, Ill.
Teresa Bach received an “Outstanding Master Gardener” award. She uses her skills as a gardener, educator and manager as she works in and around her county. Bach supervised the design and implementation of the now-renowned flower beds at the Edgar County Cemetery, and then led a team to establish more than 40 flower beds in Paris. Though beginning the flower bed project as a volunteer, she was soon hired by Paris to maintain the grounds. Bach continued to educate the public through presentations on flowers and the beautification of the Paris landscape, along with a program specifically developed to educate and encourage the proper planting and pruning of a variety of trees in Edgar County. To this day, she continues to be the “go-to” Master Gardener for questions and advice on trees and tree disease.
Kate Morecraft was presented with a “Sustained Excellence” award. She has served as president, vice president and secretary of the Edgar County Master Gardeners for multiple terms. As a volunteer, Morecraft leads a team of other Master Gardeners that present educational skits and lessons to local school and community groups. The skits are based upon Extension publications, and some are educational comedies. Her creativity plays an important role as she presents demonstrations for the less Internet-savvy crowd. She has taught others how to search the Internet for inspiration in creating garden art and how to do an online search for garden information. She has been instrumental in coordinating the Tri-County Mixer so that Edgar, Crawford and Clark County Master Gardeners have the opportunity to come together to bond and share.
If you are interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener for Edgar County, contact the extension office at 217-465-8585.