Webbs Honored With 15th Spirit of Union Award

Frank and Carlotta Webb of 110 Williams Way in Union’s Lindeman Commons neighborhood are the 15th recipients of the Spirit of Union Award. The annual award recognizes those who make exceptional landscaping improvements. The Webbs’ six-year-old brick ranch is adorned with flowers, bushes, trees and walkways. 

Mr. Webb, who retired in 1998 after 35 years of service with Delco Moraine, and Mrs. Webb, who retired in 2008 after having served for 22 years in the U.S. Reserves, are loving life in Union. “I couldn’t ask for anything better. The home we built is outstanding, and we love caring for the property—it’s not work; it’s pleasure,” Mrs. Webb said.

Mrs. Webb was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1986 as a second lieutenant with the 2291st combat support hospital. In 1993, she then transferred to the U.S. Air Force as a captain to become a flight nurse. She retired lieutenant colonel from the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in 2008; she also retired from the Dayton Veteran Administration Hospital in July 2010 after 20 years of service to our veterans.

While she was deployed in the 2000s—in Iraq, then Germany and finally at Andrews Air Force Base serving as a flight nurse caring for wounded soldiers—her husband oversaw construction of their new home, built by Scott Temple Builders. They moved into the home in July 2004—the same month as both of their birthdays and their wedding anniversary.

“They did a fantastic job,” Mrs. Webb said.

She’s also very happy with the neighborhood they chose, which has several building lots left.

“We selected the community of Lindeman Commons in the City of Union after an exhausting search across the Montgomery County region. We were looking for a location that would provide us with a homey, quiet and serene feel that we became accustomed to while living in Trotwood’s Sycamore Woods neighborhood for more than 20 years. When we investigated the area, we knew right away that we had found our new home location. Retiring here in Union has been so peaceful,” Mrs. Webb said.

The Webbs have lived in their home for six years now. Every year, Mrs. Webb finds she favors a different plant. “This year, it’s hostas. We don’t have a lot of shade, but you learn what kinds of hostas can tolerate brighter light.”

Her advice to other gardeners is to know there “is no wrong. ... If something doesn’t look right or begins to deteriorate in a spot, move it to another location! That’s part of the fun—seeing what works and what doesn’t.”

She expects her 2011 garden to have new favorites and surprises.

The Webbs, married for 33 years, have two grown children and five grandchildren. 

“We would like to thank the City for honoring our home with the Spirit of Union Award. We are humbled and very appreciative of this honor. We absolutely love our community—it’s our own little piece of heaven,” Mrs. Webb said.

The Park Board established the Spirit of Union Award in 1997 to encourage exterior enhancements of residential and business properties. Be thinking about the Spirit of Union Award for 2011—perhaps you know someone whose property should be nominated—perhaps it’s your own property! More information about the City’s Spirit of Union Award can be found on our website at www.ci.union.oh.us.