Striking a balance: Lighting up the night

Clinton once again boasted a large number of fabulously decorated houses and businesses, lit up for the season.

Christmas Eve services

The Church of the Living Waters is holding its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m., while Bethel Pentecostal will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.

Lighting up the night

Members of the Clinton Communities in Bloom Committee were out enjoying the Christmas lights on Sunday, December 18. That was the date chosen to judge the displays and name this year’s winners for the best residential and the best commercial presentations.

There were a lot of worthy locations, but in the end it was decided that the best residential was the yard of Helen and Willie Prevost (again). They add more and more items to their display every year, and a large number of them are handmade. Well done! Special mention for residential displays include three on Lagoon Court (the Dube/Bell, McColl, and Nelson properties). These definitely add a great deal to the dark nights in an area where there are no street lights.

Also worthy of mention are the displays of Darrel and Kelly L’Heureux, Paul and Jill Comeau (on Foster Avenue), the Boucher’s house on Carson Street, and both Burrage houses on Kelly Lake Road. The colourful display in front of the former truck wash is a welcome sight as one enters the village from the south. If there was a prize for the street with the most houses decorated, it would have to go to Fir Avenue.

The best commercial display was by far the Clinton Liquor Store. While many of the commercial buildings had strings of lights, the liquor store had displays of greenery, ribbons, and lights. It was nice to see Christmas trees in front of the museum this year.

Perhaps the cold weather prevented some people from getting their lights out this year, as there appeared to be fewer places lit up than usual.

That said, it is definitely worth a drive around to enjoy the sights. Congratulations to the two winners and to all who took the time to help light up the night!

My personal greeting

First, I’d like to thank those individuals who have kept me up to date on the happenings in and around Clinton. Contrary to popular belief, I am not psychic when it comes to what is happening, or when and where. Without those few who make sure I know what their club, group, or organization is doing, I couldn’t do this column; so thank you! If you want coverage for your event, then please call or email me and let me know what is going on.

At this time of year, we all like to reflect on the year-that-was and think about what may be ahead for us. What lessons have we learned? What should we be doing differently so we don’t get the same outcome? What can we do for others? New Year’s is a time for reflection.

I want to wish all my readers a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. Merry Christmas, and may 2017 bring you all that you need.

 

 

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