O’Dells Honored with 18th Spirit of Union Award

Janet and Dennis O’Dell of 197 Woburn Farm Road are the recipients of this fall’s Spirit of Union Award!

The O’Dells have lived in the home for 33 years, a quiet cul-de-sac with very little traffic, Mrs. O’Dell said. “More than half of the neighbors on the street have been here for 10 to 40 years too.”

The O’Dells’ secret to a great-looking property is regular maintenance. “If you keep up on yard work and home improvements, it doesn’t become a major chore,” Mrs. O’Dell said.

The couple plants annuals and a small garden every year and works on maintaining the yard’s flowers and shrubs. Mrs. O’Dell especially loves her hydrangeas and a lilac bush.

They’ve done most of the home improvement themselves, starting five years ago by pouring a concrete driveway.

“Their property has been consistently very well-maintained over the years and adds to the value of the neighborhood,” Mayor Michael O’Callaghan said.

In 2010, the O’Dells tore out existing plants and a wood retaining wall in the front yard and started over – putting in a new block wall, new shrubs and flowers, and replacing the garage, entry and storm doors. They completed the brick-paver patio area the following spring, adding furniture and flowers. The couple’s son Zach, Janet’s dad and a neighbor friend helped with the makeover.

Her favorite thing about their home?

“It’s cozy!” she said. “We love spending time with family here!”

The O’Dells appreciate the City of Union’s small-town atmosphere. “And yet, we’re not that far away from shopping, restaurants, numerous parks, fishing and access to the interstate,” Mrs. O’Dell said.

Fall is the family’s favorite time of year in Union. They raised their son Zach here; he is a graduate of Northmont High School and the Miami Valley Career and Technology Center. 

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.