Rutland decorates downtown

RUTLAND - The tradition of holiday decor throughout downtown Rutland continued this holiday season with the Downtown Rutland Partnership's HollyDays Lights contest. All downtown businesses were encouraged to embellish their buildings and premises using lights and other holiday decorations.

Judging for this contest proved a difficult task for Mike Gauthier of Green Screen Graphics, Glenda Hawley and Carol Macleod, who recently retired from Essential Alternatives. The judging occurred Dec. 9.

This year's contest featured the awarding of first, second and third places for best display with the judges looking at overall design, overall theme and originality.

Cold River Frameworks on Center Street garnered first place with Desjardins Jewelers capturing second and Something Sweet earning third. Cold River Frameworks owner Ron Gottier could not have been prouder of the work completed by his wife Kelly and daughter Elliot when notified he had won the contest.

Downtown Rutland Partnership members publicly thanked the judges.

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