Committee uses lighting contest funding to help the needy

MOOERS - For the last five years, the Mooers Beautification Committee has held a Christmas Lighting Contest. This year, however, the decision was made to do something a little different.

Every year the town of Mooers provides $150 to be split amongst the top three winners of the lighting contest. But, with the tough economic times, the committee decided to use the money to help the Mooers Food Pantry.

"We kind of spoke amongst the people on the committee and with the hard times, we thought ... it would come across and hit more of the community [through the food pantry]," explained committee chairperson Scarlett Sample.

On Jan. 5, Sample and committee member Crystal Bulriss, presented a check for $150 to Diane and Wendell Brooks, organizers of the food pantry - which helps the people of Rouses Point, Champlain, Chazy, West Chazy, Altona, Ellenburg, Mooers, and Mooers Forks, and sees nearly 20 families per week at the Mooers Wesleyan Church.

Next year, Sample anticipates continuing with the lighting contest, as the town saw an increase of Christmas decorations this year.

"We don't want people not to put the lighting up," she explained. "It did make the community look much nicer."

The goal of the committee is to keep the community "spruced up," Sample said.

"We're just trying to spruce up the community, get people more conscious, [and try] to have a little more pride in their town," she explained.

The Mooers Beautification Committee was formed in 2002, with the aim of preparing the town for their bicentennial in 2004. They currently put out Christmas banners and lighting in the wintertime, and flowers and U.S. flags during the warmer months.

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