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Local women add pizzazz to Welcome to Forreston sign

The enthusiasm two Forreston women have for flowers and decorating has led them to add pizzazz to a road sign.

For the last several years, Sandy Hoffman, 62, and her mother Velma Hoffman, 93, have been planting flowers and decorating for the seasons around the Welcome to Forreston sign that stands in their front yard on Ill. 26 at the north end of the village.

Velma said the project began a few years back when village officials asked if the sign could be placed on their property.

"We decided that would be fine, but we thought it needed flowers around it," she said.
"We decided to brighten it up a little bit," Sandy agreed with a smile. "And it gave us another place for a flowerbed."

They started with annuals around the sign, and now have several varieties of perennials planted there.

The flowers led to more creative efforts.

"We both just love to decorate for the seasons," Velma said.

In the fall, Sandy said, the sign gets spruced up with pumpkins and scarecrows, a Santa and lights are Christmas fare, and an Easter bunny comes out in the early spring.

The two get a helping hand from two of Velma's great-granddaughters and Sandy's great-nieces, Paityn Broshous, 9, and her sister, Rylee, 8, who help water the flower garden.

Forreston Village President Michael Harn applauded the family's efforts.

"I think it's wonderful," he said. "More people should be energetic like that and take pride in the community."

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