Editorial

Old Town Cape recognizes the efforts of its volunteers

Monday, March 9, 2009

When Old Town Cape was organized in 1999, its aim was to focus attention on Cape Girardeau's historic downtown in ways that would improve and revive the area.

Nearly a decade later, the group points to the popular Tunes at Twilight series, significant grants, renovation of buildings and thousands of hours of volunteer service as examples of the input it has had.

All of this was celebrated at the annual Old Town Cape dinner that also drew attention to the city's selection as one of the first Missouri cities to participate in the statewide DREAM economic-development initiative.

Most of what Old Town Cape has accomplished has depended in large part on the many individuals who have found the group's efforts to be particularly worthy of participation.

Bill Shivelbine was recognized as volunteer of the year for providing sound systems, setup and staff for the many events that require this special equipment.

Tom and Laura Hinkebein received the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historical Preservation Award for the work they have done to rehabilitate their 1904 home on Independence Street.

Kent Bratton was given the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award for his involvement in many important downtown brick-and-mortar projects.

And Doug Leslie, who retired last month as city manager, was recognized for his support of Old Town Cape.

Congratulations to all these award winners and to Old Town Cape for all their efforts to keep the downtown area vital and thriving.

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