Updated: January 22, 2013 6:24AM
MONTGOMERY — Residents in the Village are invited to view the sights of the holiday season in their own neighborhoods.
Beautification Committee Chairman Stan Bond said a record number 76 homes were entered in the Village Holiday Decorating Contest. And from those, a total of 45 were honored for their efforts.
You can easily sight the winners — those homes have a bright red sign in their yard with a white Christmas tree and written on the poster is “Holiday Decoration Award — Montgomery Beautification Committee.”
In the past, committee members had driven through the village looking for the best decorated home. The new process calls for a home to be nominated by a neighbor or the homeowner himself.
“This is only the second year that we have asked people to register, it was a way to narrow the process,” said Mike Pubentz, public works director and advisor and liaison for the Beautification Committee.
The judges were divided into four groups to make sure every house nominated got the once over by the judges. Pubentz said the new process cut down the time to about two hours per group.
“Our goal is to inspire people to help beautify Montgomery. They can do that by planting flowers in the summer or Christmas decorations in the winter. It makes Montgomery a great place to be,” Pubentz said.
The committee is the same group of volunteers responsible for the flowers that hang over the downtown bridge, seasonal banners, blue birdhouses and entryway monuments.