Lights making the season bright

Moonlight helped guide judges to illuminated homes and business Tuesday in the annual Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by Hood River Chamber of Commerce.

Judges gave first price for residences to Marlene and Kris Leiblein at 1345 Country Club Rd., with Irene and Chuck Johnisee, 3847 Barrett Dr., in second.

First place among businesses was Oak Street Hotel, downtown; in second was Good News Gardening on Tucker Road.

Judges looked at the number of lights used, theme, and creativity, said judge Lisa Williams of Mediaforte Marketing.

The first place residential home had what Williams called “a traditional theme, with lot of lights, and they used the landscape well.”

Honorable Mentions went to: the houses on 21st Street almost to Belmont, and John Sewell’s House on Belmont.

The chamber gave the Community Award to The Heights’ Business Association “Singing Tree” at the corner of Belmont and 12th at the Armory. There will be singing at the Living Tree again on Dec. 19, starting at 7 p.m.

Photos of the two winners will appear in an upcoming issue of the Hood River News.

The Cascade Locks Tourism Committee is holding its annual lighting contest, with $250 awarded to the first place winner, $150 for the second choice and $100 for the third finalist. Deadline to enter is Dec. 18; entry forms are at City Hall.

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