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Submitted by: Jerry Ashley, Lyons Main Street Program Director

The Lyons Main Street Program would like to thank all of the participants of the first "Paint the Village Peppermint" promotional contest. Our residents and businesses alike came out strong in support of the 20th Anniversary of Lyons' Peppermint Days.

Clever and decorative use of the theme "Peppermint" is evident throughout the village - Studebaker's employees decorated the inside of the restaurant while Steps of Faith hung sweet little ballet tutus across their front window. Peppermint candies and sticks festooned storefronts throughout the downtown historic district including a take off of the board game Candyland dubbed Peppermintland. Residents hung lights in red and white while others placed lighted candy canes around their flower beds or used red and white tulle bunting to decorate porch railings.

The enthusiasm and creativity displayed by our fellow Lyonites was a fantastic way to usher in Peppermint Days. Committee members (Maggie Simmons, Kim Kelley, Leslie Leo, Scott Bailey, Lisa Franklin and Nancy Sheremeta) from the Lyons Main Street Program's organizational committees spent over two and a half hours driving the streets of Lyons to make sure they found all of the entrants. The judges were impressed by the number of residents and businesses that "Painted the Village Peppermint"! The promotion was so successful that the Lyons Main Street Program is already making plans for next years' contest. Take the kids out to see all of the decorations or a photo slideshow completed by LMSP webmaster, Bruce Lubitow, may be viewed by going to www.lyonsmainstreetprogram.org and clicking on the "newsblog" icon.

In the residential category, first place went to the Pullen residence at 69 Cherry Street while second place went to the Steitlers at 207 Water Street and third was awarded to the Aunkst residence at 63 Maple Street.

The first place business display went to the Wayne County ladies that decorated the Park Bakery Building windows - the building is located on Church Street on the east side of the County Courthouse. Volunteers Linda Wilsea, Deb George, Sandy Sloane and Allison Lavigne utilized peppermint striped curtains, a wheel barrow of candies, vases containing peppermint suckers and a sweet teddy bear in a rocking chair. Second place went to Steps of Faith Dance Studio (55 William Street) and third went to the Parkview Salon and Tanning (26 William Street).


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