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Monday, January 22, 2018
Matt and Barbara Barber, 1325 Fourth St., took first place in the large residence category in the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest.Press photos by TinaMarie Martin Matt and Barbara Barber, 1325 Fourth St., took first place in the large residence category in the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest.Press photos by TinaMarie Martin
This home of David and Tabitha Pluchinsky, at 1082 Sixth St., won first place in the small residence category. Thirty homes participated in this year’s contest. This home of David and Tabitha Pluchinsky, at 1082 Sixth St., won first place in the small residence category. Thirty homes participated in this year’s contest.
Brian Pluchinsky, 726 Hunter St., won second place for his display during the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest. Brian Pluchinsky, 726 Hunter St., won second place for his display during the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest.
Bob and Denise Fioranelli’s home at 1328 Fourth St. was awarded third place. Bob and Denise Fioranelli’s home at 1328 Fourth St. was awarded third place.
This year’s judges’ honorable mention was awarded to Paul and Jana Fassbender, 1007 Third St. This year’s judges’ honorable mention was awarded to Paul and Jana Fassbender, 1007 Third St.

North Catty residents show holiday spirit

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

On a frigid and windy December night, the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out to judge the 11th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday home decorating contest. The committee toured the borough viewing the homes of this year’s contestants, which totaled 30 homes this year.

The contest entries varied from simple to elaborate, as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine bright this year for the holiday season.

There were many new entries this year, and the variety of holiday displays made picking winners much more difficult for the judges, according to Joseph T. Keglovits, North Catasauqua Betterment Committee chairman.

Among the highlights of the entries were a neon “Merry Christmas” sign, neon Mickey and Minnie Mouse silhouettes, a Christmas Ferris wheel, Santa operating a crane, beautiful manger scenes, plenty of polar bears, penguins and snowmen, and a dog mailing a letter. Snoopy and Mickey Mouse were popular at many homes, and a few homes went all out and decorated the roofs of their homes with strands of lights.

Overall, Keglovits said, the displays were neatly done with a creative use of lights, lawn ornaments and color schemes and ranged from “very simple to over the top.”

The winners of the 2017 Christmas in small Town USA holiday home decorating contest are as follows:

First place, large residence: Matt and Barbara Barber, 1325 Fourth St.

This holiday display was fun, colorful and bright. The display is covered by multicolored LED Christmas lights. You can’t miss it!

Be sure to look for Santa on a firetruck and Disney favorites such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto.

First place, small residence: David and Tabitha Pluchinsky, 1082 Sixth St.

There is a lot to look at with this display. The home is lit up with multicolored LED lights, and the roof is covered with them. A Ferris wheel on the left side of the display and a big Santa dog on the right side add holiday cheer to this home’s display.

Second place: Brian Pluchinsky, 726 Hunter St.

This holiday display has a lot to look at and definitely makes you think of Christmas. There are a variety of animals that have the Christmas spirit throughout the display. Be sure to look for Santa!

Third place: Bob and Denise Fioranelli, 1328 Fourth St.

There are a variety of things to look at, including a rocking horse, polar bear and Ferris wheel. Look for the carolers on the front porch.

Judges’ honorable mention: Paul and Jana Fassbender, 1007 Third St.

The judges liked this home, with Christmas lights neatly lined up around various places of the home. There are large Christmas light bulbs on the ground near the front porch. The neon “Merry Christmas” sign added a special touch to this display.

All of this year’s contest winners will receive gift cards. The first-place winners will receive a framed photo of their display.

Keglovits stressed that it was difficult deciding the winners this year, as all of the contestants had wonderful displays and were very creative.

“The homeowners get more and more creative and elaborate with their displays. Picking only four winners makes it a difficult task for the judges,” he said. “Everyone who entered is definitely a winner in my mind. The judges took a bit longer this year trying to decide the winners. Each of these entries and displays simply add to the beauty of the holiday season in North Catasauqua and definitely make small Town USA a special place at Christmas. North Catasauqua might be a small borough, but we have many residents who really like to decorate and show off their holiday spirit.”

Many of the homes this year were nominated to the committee by email or on Facebook via the North Catasauqua page by neighbors and friends.

Along with the many beautifully decorated homes that are in small Town USA this Christmas season, well over 100 snowflakes shine throughout the borough on street poles courtesy of snowflake sponsors and the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee. Six new snowflakes were added this year, along with the electric “drop” hookups from PPL Utilities, paid for by the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee. It has become an annual tradition of many of the snowflake sponsors to drive around the borough to find where their snowflake is located that year.

The winning homes and all of the contestants may be viewed as part of the 2017 North Catasauqua small Town USA holiday lights self-tour, which runs through the end of the holiday season.

See Page A1 for the tour details, which allow residents to travel around the borough in their own car at their own pace. Copies are also available on the front porch of North Catasauqua Borough Hall, 1066 Fourth St., or at NorthCatasauquaBettermentCommittee.webs.com.