Medina names winners in ‘Village of Lights’ contest

Provided photos: Modern Mercantile at 135 East Center St. won Grand Champion in the business contest.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 16 December 2022 at 8:41 am

MEDINA – Medina’s Village of Lights committee has announced the winners of the 2022 lighting contest.

Chair Cindy Robinson said 20 homes and businesses entered the contest, all of which were wonderfully decorated. She added there were many more spectacularly decorated homes which did not enter, and she hopes they will all consider participating next year.

This is the third year for lighting contest, which was started during the pandemic to provide a safe, fun activity for families.

“It was so successful, we decided to keep it going,” Robinson said.

Here is another view of Modern Mercantile’s decorations at the store window.

She said the contest brings back memories of her childhood when the family used to hop in the car and drive around to see the Christmas lights.

In the Business category, Main Street TV and Appliance at 430 Main St. was the winner of the Community Spirit award; ATB Staffing at 534 Main St. won Christmas Spirit; and Modern Mercantile at 135 East Center St. was named Grand Champion for the second year.

Residential winners were Becky Bonk, 143 North Gravel Rd., Christmas Spirit, Traditional; Kellie Watson, 528 Bates Rd., Christmas Spirit, Innovative; Terri Moriarty, 607 West Center St., Best Use of Lights; Rich Rossoin and Lindsay Eaton, 103 Mead Ave., Possibly Visible from Space; David Gawron, 134 Roseland Ave., Most Whimsical; and John Dieter/Nick Dieter/Jon Sherman, 913, 915, 917 Gwinn St., Block Party.

Other entrants, which the public is encouraged to drive around and view, are Vision 2000, 3930 Salt Works Rd.; Amanda Costich, 421 Oak Orchard Rd.; Anne Mangold, 919 Gwinn St.; Sue Van Buren, 103 Eastview Dr.; Ashley Fix and Alex Freeman, 1031 Gwinn St.; Diane Arndt, 1150 Gwinn St.; Cindy Watson, 935 Gwinn St.; and Eric Miller, 114 Elwood Ave.

Each winner received a $50 prize, with the Grand Champion receiving $200.

Robinson expressed her thanks to all the people who took the time and trouble to decorate their properties and enter the contest.  She extends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Main Street Appliances and Home Furnishing at 430 Main St. won the “Community Spirit” award.

ATB Staffing at 534 Main St. won for “Christmas Spirit.”

Kellie Watson at 528 Bates Rd. won for Christmas Spirit and the “Innovative” award in the residential contest.

The “Most Whimsical” award in the residential contest goes to David Gawron of 134 Roseland Ave.

Rich Rossion & Lindsay Eaton of 103 Mead Ave. won “Possibly Visible From Space.”

Becky Bonk of 143 N. Gravel Rd. won for “Christmas Spirit, Traditional” in the residential competition.

The “Best Use of Lights” award goes to Terri Moriarty at 607 West Center St.

The “Block Party Group” award is for John Dieter/Nick Dieter/Jon Sherman at 913/915/917/919 Gwinn St.