Cold fingers and blue air aside, village resident pleased with Light Up Bible Hill contest win

Monique Chiasson
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BIBLE HILL - There are many properties uniquely decorated for the Christmas season in Bible Hill. But for many passersby, one stands out: 70 Scenic Dr.
Ten (fake) reindeer take up residence at this property. So do a North Pole sign, candles, snowmen, drummer boys, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, a sleigh with teddy bears, candy canes, red and white icicles and a moonbeam light.
"And there's at least 5,000 lights out there. It's an awful pile of lights," laughed Dara Bowden, 77, the property's owner.
Bowden spent a few days decorating his property to usher in the Christmas season. He used decorations that he's collected over the years. For his efforts, he won this year's Light Up Bible Hill contest and $100 towards purchases within the village. He also won third place two years ago.
"It was never done to impress anybody," said Bowden. "I didn't expect to win because there's a lot of nice places around."
Bowden admits at times it was a chore to do.
"My fingers were cold and I cursed a little bit," he chuckled.
But it was a fun project, even though a thief stole a reindeer.
"I had one stolen when I put it out. I guess someone needed it more than me (so) I just replaced it," said Bowden.
Laura McCarron, Bible Hill's recreation director, drove around the village last week taking note of decorated properties. She made a list of 25 and late last week two bus-loads of people admired the sights. Four judges chose their favourites among the list as well as other properties that caught their attention.
The second-place winner was 17 East Court Rd. ($75 in gift certificates) and third place went to 16 Pheasant Run in Osprey Court ($50 worth of gift certificates).
This was the eighth year for Light Up Bible Hill and McCarron said the event is growing in popularity.
"There are more and more houses being decorated every year and more people going on the bus to see them."

Geographic location: Bible Hill, North Pole, Pheasant Run

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