Residents' award-winning decorations make spirits bright


January 02, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COMPLIMENTS TO everyone in the community who decorated their homes for the holidays. All of them were beautiful and delightful to see. Tackling a difficult task, two organizations held contests to recognize the efforts of homeowners in their neighborhoods.

North Linthicum Improvement Association sponsored its annual Christmas decorating contest Dec. 16 and 17.

On Thursday, the Children's Choice Award was given to Ralph and Vanessa Howard of 457 Mary Kay Court. Their house is decorated in a combination of white and colored lights. Santa's sleigh sits in the yard, and a Nativity scene is displayed in the front window.

The children judging were Joey Seleski, 9, Josh Seleski, 7, Andrea Kellner, 8, Chris Kellner, 5 and Olivia Dayton, 6. All of the children are pupils at Overlook Elementary School.

The judging on Friday night was in three categories: Best Window, Best Door and Best Overall. Winners for Best Window, Al Conner and Jenne Mager of 306 Regency Circle, have a beautiful revolving Christmas tree showcasing Mr. and Mrs. Santa. Winners for Best Door, George and Lo Neumeister of 216 Coronet Drive, have a spotlight on their door's unique apple wreath. Winners for Best Overall House, Shirley Beck and Don Beck of 16 Coronet Drive, have a festival of red and white lights on the bushes, window candles, vibrant red beaded door wreath, and lighted reindeer gathered in the extensively decorated side garden.

All four households won a $25 gift certificate to Rose Restaurant of Linthicum and a tree ornament. The adult judges were Ray and Pam Hawkins of Baltimore and Wayne and Sharon Stewart of Pasadena. The judging chairwoman was Terri Clements, treasurer of North Linthicum Improvement Association.

Crestwood Improvement Association sponsored a Christmas decorating contest judging houses in three categories: Best Overall, Best Door and Best Window. The Best Overall award went to John and Fay Bell, 418 Sudbury Road, for the unusual silhouetted Nativity scene in the front yard illuminated with soft yellow lights. An honorable mention went to Joe and Kathy Ross of 307 Ardmore Road. Their house was done entirely in white lighting.

The Best Door award went to Nick and Terri D'Antonio, 211 Ardmore Road. The D'Antonios used red and gold musical instruments in each panel of the front door. Harold and Dorothy Mantanin received an honorable mention for their door wreath accented with a wooden violin.

Best Window award went to Ron and Fran Weiland, 202 Ardmore Road. Their window was filled with bears and a North Pole light. Ed and Sue Egan, 209 Ardmore Road, received an honorable mention for the window flower boxes that were filled with presents and glass Christmas balls.

Each winner was awarded a certificate. According to Cecelia Dietz, the association used to give out plaques but decided to put that money toward helping their adopted family for the holidays.

Judges for the contest were Connie Pumphrey, Debi Burkman and Carolyn Seefeld. They are members of the Ferndale Garden Club.

AARP program

American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 2244 will hold its first meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. The guest speaker will be David Pessin of the law firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz. Pessin has a weekly radio show at 9 a.m. Sundays on WCBM-AM.

Pessin's presentation, called "Planning Perspectives," will address how families can handle the affairs of a parent or relative who becomes incompetent or dies.

Refreshments will be served during the social hour before the meeting. The board meeting will take place at 11: 30 a.m. Information: Mary Foster, 410-850-1463.

Herb club

It's only January, but Friendly Thyme Herb Club members are looking forward to spring planting, and the meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center will give them a head start. Club member June Burton will present "Starting Your Plants From Seeds Indoors." Burton has extensive experience working with seeds in her greenhouse and has started seedlings for club plant sales.

A book report will be presented by Joan Krammes, and Helen Patterson will give the monthly herb report. Social time will start at 9: 15 a.m. Information: Marge Booker, 410-551-4903.

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