By Kristin Bednarski
Amelia Village Council members awarded four residents for being selected as the holiday decorating contest winners at their Jan. 8 meeting.
The village-wide contest was announced before the holiday season, and the recreation committee traveled across the village to judge participating houses.
“This was so hard,” Councilwoman Renee Gerber said about the judging. “Everyone did such a great job.”
Gerber said everyone seemed to really get into the holiday spirit this year, and she was impressed with the number of participants.
“I applaud all of you,” Gerber said.
Gerber announced the three honorable mention winners including Dave Stanforth, who lives on Deer Creek Road, Scott Reveal, who lives on Finch Court, and Bryan Hertel, who lives on Grouse Drive.
Tim Klanke, who also lives on Grouse Drive, was selected as the overall winner of the contest.
Gerber said that in addition to decorating his house for the holidays, Klanke also collects toys for Toys for Tots Foundation at his home. He said they did well this year and collected more than $90 in toys for the organization.
Klanke said he enjoys decorating his home for the holidays while also helping the less fortunate.
“It’s just good to be recognized for something I do for the community and kids,” Klanke said about winning the contest.
Each winner was presented with a gift card and a holiday decoration from the village.
Gerber said they are planning on having the contest again next year. For more information visit www.ameliavillage.com.