Floreen Awards Golden Shovels (PHOTO)
The long and snowy winter produced numerous Montgomery County residents who went out of their way to help neighbors.
Today, County Council Vice President Nancy Floreen presented “Golden Shovel Awards” to more than 20 residents who helped neighbors shovel out after snowfalls. Many of the awardees attended the ceremonies in Rockville, including James Gutmann, who is sometimes referred to by his neighbors as “The Snow Angel of Montgomery Village” for his tireless shoveling of many walkways, driveways, storm drains and fire hydrants.
Floreen initiated the Golden Shovel awards to honor residents who helped neighbors by shoveling walkways and driveways after a snowfall. The 2014-15 winter season in Montgomery County, according to the County Department of Transportation, had seasonal snow totals ranging from 34.4 inches (in the southern part of the county) to 46.6 inches (in northern areas of the county). In addition, there were 20 days when the high temperature for the day was 30 degrees or below.
Residents submitted 97 nominations for the awards this winter.