Volunteer firefighters to announce holiday lights contest winners
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006
Volunteer Tim McGrew, a Clarksburg resident with the department for roughly a year, said he was part of a crew judging both traditional and contemporary displays at townhouses and had already determined the two winners.
"It was a tough decision on the townhouses," McGrew said. "But it was fun."
A second crew of four volunteers scanned single-family homes, in both traditional and contemporary categories, but plans to tour the area once more this week before determining this year’s best display.
The department will announce all four winners at a community event planned from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, at the Villages of Urbana Community Center, 9023 Harris St.
A traditionally decorated house is defined as one with elegant greenery and white lights. Contemporary houses are those with displays that cater to children, with more colorful and moving decorations.
One house with a contemporary display in the Villages of Urbana has become a Christmas landmark stop for families and has won the competition in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
The Yaglenski family home on 9056 Clendenin Way, just next door to the Urbana Community Center, each year attracts children with its moving lights show and Christmas characters.
Last year, the Yaglenski's initiated a holiday radio program called "SANTAfm", on 88.7 FM, to go along with their display. This year, they will again feature the program as well as two new features: a lights display of a dog house with a dog wagging its tail and a mailbox for children, perched at the end of a light-filled path, to drop letters to Santa.
A Santa character will make an appearance at the display from 7 to 8 p.m. today and Friday to hand out candy canes to children. The lights are illuminated from dusk until 10:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.yaglenski.com.
Meanwhile, the Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department's own Santa character is making the department's traditional rounds in neighborhoods this week. Santa will wave to children from a fire truck starting at 6 p.m. each night through Friday, McGrew said.
A Breakfast with Santa event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the fire station at 3602 Urbana Pike. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets for children younger than 5 are free.
For more information, visit www.urbanavfd.org.
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