Inaugural ‘Deck the Brook' event sparkles with the holiday spirit

Kris Rader's festive front door at 889 Pine Street won first prize in Honey Brook's inaugural "Deck the Brook" contest. She received a $100 gift card for her holiday efforts. Photo courtesy of the Honey Brook Community Partnership
Koko Travel won first place in the business category of Honey Brook's inaugural "Deck the Brook" contest. Photo courtesy of the Honey Brook Community Partnership

The sound of carolers and the tinkle of bells rang out as the Deck the Brook committee members, sporting Santa hats, went riding in a festive tractor-pulled hay wagon driven by Jim Mimm, Lion’s Club president, through Honey Brook on Dec. 21.

Their wintery journey brought “oohs” and “ahhs” as the judges on board viewed the doors of 30 residences and 11 businesses competing for the recognition and prizes. It was open to the entire community. All entries had previously submitted photos into an online website drop box.

Erica Pennabaker, vice chair of the Honey Brook Community Partnership and M&T Bank Honey Brook Branch Manager, explained, “This project was a collaboration of many organizations within the community. It included the Honey Brook Lions Club, Honey Brook Women’s Club, Honey Brook Historical Society and the Honey Brook Community Partnership. Our overall vision was to help aid in beautifying the town and spreading the holiday spirit throughout the borough and town.”

The event reflected the mission statement of the Honey Brook Community Partnership: bringing together borough and township partners to facilitate communication, share resources and work together to enhance the community.

Pennabaker, who co-chaired the event with Donna Horvath of Honey Brook Golf Course, remarked, “This brought the community back to life for the holiday. More people got caught up in the excitement of the contest. It was a great success.”

The following prizes were awarded: Residential first prize, $100 gift card; second prize, $75 gift card; and third prize, $25 gift card; along with festive gift baskets filled with goodies including Honey Brook items donated by local sponsors. The first place business winner will receive an ad in the Tri County Record in the Honey Brook Buzz section.

The partnership released the following statement announcing the winners:

On behalf of the entire Honey Brook Community Partnership we want to thank you for participating in the first annual Honey Brook ‘Deck the Brook’ Contest! We had a wonderful response by both the residents and businesses to this year’s contest and the competition was really strong. The judges had a difficult job choosing the winners but we are pleased to announce that the following homes were awarded the prizes.

1st place residence: Kris Rader - 889 Pine Street

2nd place residence: Jose and Amanda Oliva - 50 Nevin Street

3rd place residence: Jamie Smith - 4640 Horseshoe Pike

Honorable Mention residences: Beth Mast - 4620 Horseshoe Pike; Leah Edwards - 546 Water Street; 390 Maple Street

We also congratulate KoKo Travel Agency for being awarded the prize for the best business decorated door!

Again, thank you for your support of our first “Deck the Brook” contest and we hope you will join us again in 2014! Look for the contest information shortly around next Thanksgiving 2014!

Our best wishes to you for a wonderful New Year!

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