The display at 8390 Kaltz St. was awarded first place in the Center Line  Beautification Commission’s Light up the Sky contest this year.

The display at 8390 Kaltz St. was awarded first place in the Center Line Beautification Commission’s Light up the Sky contest this year.

Photo provided by Jan Ornsten


Center Line celebrates Light up the Sky contest winners

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 20, 2018

 The home at 8083 Virginia Park received third-place honors in the 2018 Light up the Sky contest in the city of Center Line.

The home at 8083 Virginia Park received third-place honors in the 2018 Light up the Sky contest in the city of Center Line.

Photo provided by Jan Ornsten

 Second place in Center Line’s annual Light up the Sky  contest was awarded to 8430 Superior St.

Second place in Center Line’s annual Light up the Sky contest was awarded to 8430 Superior St.

Photo provided by Jan Ornsten

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CENTER LINE — The neighbors in Center Line are giving new meaning to the phrase “best and brightest” this holiday season.

Judging for the Center Line Beautification Commission’s 2018 Light up the Sky contest is now complete, and the two-person team responsible for reviewing the nominated homes and businesses said participation was up this year, probably due to the warm weather.

“Everyone seemed to get in the holiday spirit,” said Jan Ornsten, the commission’s treasurer. “The weather was a big part, with 30 to 40 degrees the night of Light up the Sky (judging). People decorated their rooftops. People decorated around the edge of their lawn.”

The first-place prize for residential homes went to 8390 Kaltz St. this year.

“The whole house, the property, the back of the garage, the front lawn, all the trees were decorated,” Ornsten said. “They had a manger on the side of the house with lifelike figures. It’s something to see. We drove past that house five times to look at it.”

Second place was awarded to 8430 Superior St., and 8083 Virginia Park was awarded third place.

“There were quite a few homes,” said Barb Trbovich, who has now joined Ornsten for the festive ride through the city’s streets in honor of her mother, Bev Trbovich, a longtime volunteer who always held the city dear and herself accompanied Ornsten for years.  

“My mom loved Center Line,” Barb Trbovich said. “She lived and breathed Center Line. She loved people, any kind of interaction with people, the little things she loved, and she had a lot of fun doing it.”

This year’s business award went to Christian Financial Credit Union on 10 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Judging took place Dec. 16.

Each of the winners will be recognized by the Center Line City Council at its meeting Feb. 4. 

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