City announces contest winners

JOHNSTOWN — The city recently conducted it’s first-ever Holiday Spirit Lighting Competition, declaring winners this week in residential and business categories.

“It was a lot of fun,” Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin, chairwoman of the city’s Tourism/Special Events Committee, told the Common Council Monday night at City Hall.

But Martin also indicated the contest response was “not as great” as city officials hoped.

Nevertheless, she said the holiday lights contest was conducted, as persons wishing to be considered had to sign up ahead on time. Handling forms were City Hall, and two local businesses — Studio Herbage and Mysteries on Main Street.

A registration deadline was extended until Dec. 13, with judging on Dec. 15 by a holiday committee. Winners were announced by Martin at the Monday council meeting.

Jack and Debbie Callery of 23 Cady St. were declared first place residential winners. Second place went to Alvin and Charlene Busch of 6 Baker St. Martin said winners were presented certificates and Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce checks.

In the business category, Martin said the contest yielded several downtown winners.

“Most of them were downtown, which was very exciting for us,” the councilwoman said.

First place in the business category went to Something Special of 14 W. Main St.

Blooming Lotus Yoga & Wellness of 25 W Main St. came in second. The third place winner was Main Motorcar of 224 W. Main St. and honorable mention went to McLemon’s of 31-35 W. Main St.

A separate “best interior” award went to the Johnstown Senior Citizens Center at 109 E. Main Street.

Organizers said they want to repeat the contest again next year and plan to introduce ways to improve participation even further.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at