The winners of Aberdeen's Christmas Street Parade and the first year's home decorating contest held by the Heritage Trust were announced by the Aberdeen City Council at its meeting Monday night.
Mayor Mike Bennett helped hand out certificates to the many winners from the 35th annual Christmas Street parade.
"This is one of the premier parades in the county, in this area, and we were really one of the first to start that off," Bennett said.
He thanked organizer Caroline Curry and presented her with a city MVP "shooting star" trophy.
Barbara Backus said the Heritage Trust's first decorating contest was also a big success.
"It was really tough to judge because all the homes were so beautiful," Backus said. "We hope next year we have a lot more people participating."
The first-place decorating winner received $200, the second-place winner received $100 and the third-place winner received $50. (Winners were tied in the second- and third-place for the modern category.)
Winners of the decorating contest were: Steve and Janet Piper, 402 Ford St., first place in the modern category; Russell and Olene Piper, 340 Penrith Way, second place in the modern category; Pam Harris Overly and Michael Wirsing, 928 Avon Drive, second place in the modern category; Paul Giring, 130 Meeks Drive, third place in the modern category; Kim and Ed Budnick, 167 Farm Road, third place in the modern category; Mamie's Café with Love, 939D Beards Hill Road, first place for business; Nicole Malone, 508 W. Bel Air Ave., first place for colonial; Joe and Lauren Alampi, 238 Edmund St., second place for colonial; and Bryan Day, 403 Ford St., third place for colonial.
The winning homes were also displayed in a slide show at city hall.
Council members wished everyone attending Monday's meeting a merry Christmas or happy holidays.
Councilwoman Sandra Landbeck also had some practical advice.
"I know that times are financially tight for many. We are feeling that, too," she said. "I remember back to when we were a young family and didn't have a lot of excess money."
Landbeck challenged everyone to do one totally unexpected good deed, and one anonymous good deed.
"I think you will find you will have a good holiday," she said, also pointing out two local charities – the Aberdeen Police Department's gift collection box and the Helping Hands Ministry's coat collection – mentioned earlier in the evening.
"There are thousands of things that you can find to do," she said.
Councilwoman Ruth Ann Young thanked the many volunteers who put in "countless hours" preparing events, adding the weather was favorable this year for Christmas Street.
She also noted some people celebrate other holidays.
"Not everyone in the community observes Christmas," she said. "I wish them blessings as well."
Councilman Bruce Garner said he is never politically correct.
"I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas, and there is a real Santa Claus," he said.
Also, he said, "keep in mind our young men and women who are abroad, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers."
Garner recognized Aberdeen High School head football coach Johnny Brooks for being named Coach of the Year by The Baltimore Sun.
The winners of Christmas Street are:
Windows: Cub Scout Pack 820, first; Girl Scout Troop 1993, second; and Cub Scout Pack 961, third.
Float: Cub Scout Pack 802, first; St. Joan of Arc Church, second; and St. Paul Lutheran Church, third.
Walking: Girl Scout Service Unit 76, first; Karing for Kids Learning Center and Twirltastics, second; and George Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale, third.
Windows: Aberdeen Room, first; Aberdeen Lioness Lions, second; and The Kruger Family, third.
Walkin: Greyhound Pets of America, first; TOPS, second; and Aberdeen Lioness, third.
Float: Flowers by Lucy, first.
Float: Ravens Nest, first.
Window: Famous & Spang Insurance Co., first; Scoops Corner Cafe & Deli, second; and Harford Acupuncture, third.