We are all very fortunate to live in such a beautiful city. Victoria prides itself on keeping our community looking good not only for ourselves but for visitors to our fair city. Now 'Keep Victoria Beautiful' has been recognized for their efforts.

Keep Texas Beautiful awarded Keep Victoria Beautiful third place for the Governor's Achievement Award for 2012. The Victoria Advocate reports the Governor's Community Achievement Awards are presented each year to an array of Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state. The efforts of these communities to involve citizens, businesses, schools, local government and youth to keep their city, county or region beautiful has earned 10 of them a share of $2 million in landscaping monies from Texas Department of Transportation. At the presentation of the award, from left, are Dian Denker Patterson, KVB executive director; Jennifer Rhea, KVB secretary; Jeffrey Poche, KVB chairman; and Susan Shaw, KVB board of directors.