left: Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman, Alderman Rick Hoefle,
Dorothy and Jack Bale, and Alderman Jeff Hoinacki
Dorothy and Jack Bale first
recipients of the Lincoln Home of the Month Award
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[June 10, 2017]
- On Thursday afternoon, Mayor Seth Goodman and Ward 4 Aldermen Jeff
Hoinacki and Rick Hoefle proudly presented the very first Lincoln
Home of the Month Award to Dorothy and Jack Bale.
The Bales live in the Mayfair edition, on North Gate,
and were nominated by Hoinacki to receive the award.
The award includes a traveling sign that will remain
in the Bales front yard through the rest of this month. In July a
new home of the month will be awarded and the sign will then go to
that home. In addition to the sign, the Bales were presented with
$50 in Chamber Bucks that may be spent in any Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce business that accepts Bucks, throughout the
Dorothy was happy to lead her guests around her yard sharing what
the plants were and talking about the time she spends growing and
gardening every day. Jack was quick to say that he was simply a
spectator in the lawn work, Dorothy has the green thumb, and spends
the biggest part of her day outside.
Dorothy noted that she leaves the house around 9 a.m. every morning
to work and tend to her numerous flower patches. She comes in for
the day, usually around 3 p.m.
Asked what area of the yard is her favorite she commented, “It all
The back yard has plenty of lawn space with borderline features that
include plants, flower pots, and lawn ornaments and décor. A garden
shed in the back yard is part of the landscape, all nicely decked
out with green plants growing in front and around it. The back
corner also includes a nice bed with a privacy fence as the
The back yard also features a nicely done patio/deck and lawn
ornaments along the back wall of the house.
The front of the home is also pleasingly landscaped with plants
growing along the borders of the house and a nicely decorated front
Mayor Goodman asked Alderman Hoinacki why it was he had nominated
the Bales to be the Ward 4 home entered into the drawing. Hoinacki
explained that he too lives in the Mayfair edition and comes past
the house quite often. He said that Dorothy is always outside
working in her yard and making things look nice.
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He said everything is always well groomed, plus they
decorate for every holiday so there are features of the house that
are always changing.
Mayor Goodman shared with the Bales that they are the first ever
recipients of the Home of the Month. He said that he wanted to
recognize Lincoln residents who do take pride in their property and
he is hopeful that highlighting those homes will serve as an
inspiration to other homeowners.
Dorothy said she does think that people are inspired by her place,
and most of all they enjoy it. She said that some of her neighbors
have commented that they love to come by and just take a look around
from time to time, and that makes Dorothy happy.
The home of the month program was implemented by Mayor Goodman in
May. He asked aldermen to each nominate one home within their ward
to be a home of the month, then the drawing of a name was conducted
at the Monday June 5th meeting of the city council.
In May there were seven aldermen, and at the first of June, Goodman
received seven nominations. He read each nomination aloud and told
which alderman had chosen that particular address. The addresses
were all put into a basket and City Clerk Peggy Bateman was asked to
draw out the name.
A new drawing will be held at the first voting session in July.