Jim and Linda Tansley are recipients of 20th Spirit of Union Award

Jim and Linda Tansley bought one of the model homes in Irongate Estates 16 years ago. But it wasn’t their first home in Union. For years, they had lived on San Bernardino Trail. They raised three children here in Union – and their children, now grown and married, also live in Union. The Tansleys have six grandchildren.

The Tansleys are the most recent recipients of the City’s Spirit of Union Award.

Their property, 103 Irongate Drive, is a single-story, ranch-style home with a front porch. The Tansleys have made it uniquely theirs with beautiful landscaping and other exterior features.

The Tansleys installed a lawn sprinkler system, and Mr. Tansley keeps the grass manicured to perfection. Hummingbirds visit their beautiful purple clematis and pink hibiscus plants.

“My wife just loves to plant flowers, especially in the spring,” Mr. Tansley said with a smile. “It seems like that’s all she does – plant flowers!”

State Fair Zinnias – big and bright – are a personal favorite. The Tansleys built a fountain out front and a gazebo in the backyard. There’s even a miniature windmill.

Evergreen bushes provide a backdrop for pops of pink and red flowers. A mature Rose of Sharon shrub is in the back by a white-picket fence.

“My first reaction to the award was I was humbled, as what we do every year is something that we both enjoy and not ever considered work. My husband takes care of the lawn, and I take care of the flowers. We seem to work well as a team,” Mrs. Tansley said.

One of the things the Tansleys especially love about Union are the trees lit up along Main Street during the holiday season.

“It’s nice that such a small city like Union takes so much pride in its ‘Main’ street,” Mrs. Tansley said.

The Park Board established the Spirit of Union Award in 1997 to encourage exterior enhancements of residential and business properties. More information about the City’s Spirit of Union Award can be found on the City’s website at www.ci.union.oh.us.