Fremont town Council President Steve Brown along with Cameron Memorial Community Hospital announced the latest recipients of the Fremont First Beautification Award: John and Gwen Nigro. Mr. and Mrs. Nigro were awarded this honor for the outstanding exterior of their home at 206 Toledo St.
Built in 1835, the house was purchased by Gwen Nigro’s parents, Okey & Madge Foster, approximately 16 years ago. The Nigros purchased the home from Gwen’s parents and have lived there since 2010 with their grandson, Zachary. The Nigros have been working on the home not just for the past three years, but completed much of work for the Foster’s 16 years ago. Since that time, the house has received new siding, windows, landscaping, all new plumbing and heating, remodeled kitchen and bathroom and most recently the Nigros have renovated the entire second floor. “My brother has helped with a lot of the work,” said Gwen Nigro. “The whole project has been a family affair.”
In working on the home, the Nigros found many interesting facts about the structure. “The house was originally two houses put together,” said Gwen Nigro. “We figured that out from the roof lines as we worked on the second floor.” Also, the porch was originally a wrap-around style. Even more interesting to local history buffs is the Underground Railroad pit located just inside the pantry in the kitchen. “I’d like to get it cleared out so we can show it to people who are interested,” said Gwen Nigro.
“We are so pleased to present this award to the Nigros,” said Greg Burns, Cameron Hospital President & CEO. “They have done beautiful work to their home and are most deserving of this honor.”
The purpose of the Fremont First Beautification Award is to promote and recognize the efforts of town residents who beautify their residential landscapes and the exterior of their residential properties. The award is being sponsored by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital as part of its commitment to promote wellness and a high quality of community life. This honor is awarded quarterly with two awards recognizing a home’s exterior and two honoring outstanding landscaping.
The public is invited to nominate themselves or another residence that is deserving of positive attention. Nominations must be located within the Fremont limits, and the area nominated must be visible from the public right of way. Nomination forms are available on Cameron Memorial Community Hospital’s website at http://www.cameronmch.com or at the Fremont Town Hall at 205 N. Tolford St.
Recipients of the award will receive a gift certificate provided by Cameron Hospital to a local home improvement/landscape nursery store and will be recognized with a sign in their yard.
For more information on the award, contact the Fremont Town Hall at (260) 495-2504.