North Catty displays creativity
Members of the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out on a star-filled December night to judge the sixth annual North Catasauqua Small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The committee toured around the borough, viewing homes of this year's contestants, totaling more than two dozen homes.
"This year's entries seemed to go all out as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine bright for the holiday season," said Joseph T. Keglovits, committee chairman.
"Each of these entries and displays simply add to the beauty of the holiday season in North Catasauqua, and definitely make it a special place each Christmas," Keglovits said. "We are a small borough no doubt, but we have many residents who really like to decorate compared to other towns in the area. It makes me proud to be part of the this community during the holidays."
A definite increased use of LED lights was noted.
The winners of the 2012 Christmas in Small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest are as follows:
First Place Large Residence: Bobby Dorsey, 1147 Third St. This holiday display was fun, colorful, and over-the-top. It included thousands of lights, including "MERRY CHRISTMAS" spelled out on a fence, as well as a man falling off the house while putting up lights, a three-story Christmas tree on the side of the house and a huge candy cane on the front lawn. The overall display makes you say, "Wow!"
First Place Small Residence: Donald Coffin, 1029 Third St. This display seems to say "Christmas!" at every turn. Be sure to look for the little train chugging along in the front yard, along with Mickey Mouse.
Second Place: Mike Hacker, 1061 American St This residence is colorful and bright with LED lights. Look for the Santa tipping his hat to you and the Mickey Mouse lights.
Third Place: Michael Luciano, 840 Willow St. Beautiful glass luminaries and candles line the walks and porch at this home. The house and trees are outlined in blue Christmas lights and gold accents which give it a peaceful feeling. Don't miss the guiding star near the roof which tops off the display.
Judge's Honorable Mention: The DeLabar family, 1115 Third St. LED lights outline the home with beautiful snowflakes and icicles hanging along the front porch. Check out the cute Christmas dinosaur on the front lawn.
This year's contest winners received gift cards and a framed photo of their home.
"The homeowners are getting more elaborate with their displays," Keglovits said. "We can only pick four winners, which is a difficult task, but everyone who entered is definitely a winner in my mind."
Many of the homes again this year were nominated on Facebook via the North Catasauqua page by neighbors and friends.
The homes of the winners and of all of the contestants may be viewed using a holiday lights self-guided tour guide, available at borough hall on the front porch or by visiting www.NorthCatasauquaBettermentCommittee.webs.com.