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Albion Agencies praised for upkeep of Main Street property

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The flowers bloom from spring to late summer. The lawn is meticulously kept. Trees offer shade and a park-like setting.

For years, Albion Agencies has worked on the landscape and its historic building at 30 North Main St.

The Albion Betterment Committee today stopped by the long-time insurance agency and presented a certificate of appreciation to the business’s owner, Chris Haines, and his wife Pat.

The Landscape Award recognizes the Haines family for their “commitment to the betterment of the community,” according to the certificate presented by Betterment directors Gary Derwick, Joe Gehl and Gary Kent.

Mrs. Haines does the gardening and tends to the flowers while her husband keeps the lawn looking like a golf course, including edging along a sandstone walkway that weaves through the property.

Pat and Chris Haines, front, are pictured with Albion Betterment Committee directors, from left in back: Gary Kent, Gary Derwick and Joe Gehl.

“They put a great face on their business and downtown Albion,” Kent said about the Haines.

Albion Agencies moved to the site in the 1960s. The building was constructed in 1835 and is one of the few original houses remaining in the downtown.

The Betterment Committee also will be presenting a Landscape Award to Burger King.