Holiday homes light up the night
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Jan 16, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Holiday homes light up the night

Ottawa East News

Community associations announced the winners of their annual Christmas lighting contests held last December in Briarbrook-Morgan’s Grant, Glen Cairn, Katimavik and Kanata Lakes.

Judges once again had a tough time picking winners, forced to choose from a wide selection of festively-decorated homes.

Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association

The Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association announced the winners of its annual Lighten the Night contest during a meeting at Katimavik Elementary School on Jan. 7.

The judges toured the neighbourhood on Dec. 19 to select the winners and three honourable mentions.

The winners are:

  • 140 Barrow Cres.
  • 138 Barrow Cres.
  • The block of Shaw Court won for best street block that lightens up the night.

The judges were association president Rod MacLean and treasurer Kul Kapoor.

The variety of entries was fantastic, said MacLean.

“At some points you begin to think, ‘Oh, a lot of people are doing trees this year. Then suddenly it’s an entirely different area and you’re looking at nativity scenes,” he said.

The block at Barrow Crescent was particularly impressive, MacLean added.

“They knock your socks off if you’re not expecting it,” he said. “You know they’re there.”

Houses on Barrow Crescent featured Merry Christmas signs, lights, and Christmas scenes with elves and animals, he said.

This year’s winners were treated to $40 gift certificates to Home Depot and, through the Hazeldean Mall, to Pharma Plus; special mentions were given $30 gift certificates.

“It’s a very difficult choice-making process because so many of them are so good,” said MacLean.

Briarbrook, Brookside, Morgan’s Grant Community Association

The community association selected winners of its annual Christmas Lights Contest on Dec. 19 after members of the organization toured the neighbourhood, judging on the use of colour, overall esthetic and the degree of difficulty of each display.

The winners are:

  • The family of Rick Griffin at 652 Aberfoyle Circle won the top prize, a gift basket from Shopper’s Drug Mart.
  • Second place: 131 Muskego Cres. won a casserole dish from Pampered Chef.
  • Third place: 211 Applecross Cres. won a gift basket from real estate agent Olga Dewar.
  • Honourable mentions were: 1 Acklam Terr., 373 Kinghorn Cres. and 95 Branchory Cres., who won gift certificates from Sippy Cup Café, Dagwoods Sandwiches and Salads and Willy’s Pizza.

The judges said “it was really hard to choose among the amazing nominated houses.”

Each nominated house received a gift bag from Chartwell Retirement Residence and a gift bag from the community association.

The judges included BMGCA executive members and Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson.

Kanata Lakes Community Association

The community association had a tie for its Kanata Lakes Christmas Lights Contest.

The two winners each received $50 gift certificates to Canadian Tire, a box of chocolates and free community association memberships.

“I figure they spent a lot of money at Home Depot or Canadian Tire,” said Kanata Lakes Community Association president Matt Muirhead. “We (should) give them one for the power company.”

The winners are:

  • Chris Fitz-Hardy and Jessica Greenland at 314 Wallaceburg Ct.
  • Kevin Haley and Amy Ash-Haley at 2 Blackdome Cres.

More than 25 homes were nominated for this year’s contest.

The homes on Knudson Drive were particularly stunning, said Muirhead.

“There must have been dozens and dozens of homes – it’s unbelievable how many decorated their homes,” he said. “It was quite beautiful. It really brightens up the season.”

Glen Cairn Community Association

The Glen Cairn Community Association held its annual Deck the House Christmas Lights Contest in December.

The first-place winner won a $420 NutriLawn gift package and the two runner-ups were awarded gift baskets provided by Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley.

The winners are:

  • First place: Bonnie and Brett Sullivan at 17 Melanie Cres.
  • Runner up: Kerry and Anthony Pinnock at 60 Glamorgan Dr.
  • Runner up: Patricia and Kevin Doucet at 15 Rickey Place.

“The Doucets received $200 in unsolicited donations which was in turn given to Roger’s House,” said Rob Nino, president of the Glen Cairn Community Association. “Glen Cairn community spirit comes through again.”

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