Center Line selects ‘Light Up the Sky’ winners

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 30, 2015


WARREN — Members of the Center Line Beautification Commission tasked with surveying the city’s most well-lit holiday homes and businesses weren’t disappointed on Dec. 20.

“We were out there for like three hours last night,” said Janice Ornsten, the commission’s treasurer, who sits on the subcommittee for the annual “Light Up the Sky” holiday lights contest. “The houses were so beautiful. It was really hard deciding.”

Ornsten said 8323 Busch took the first-place award in the residential category for a second consecutive year. The property featured meticulously lit trees and a beautifully lit home.

“He color coordinated everything so nicely, and he decorated a couple of homes across the street for his neighbors,” Ornsten said. “He said he just had to keep going. He said he’s got zillions of lights and he kept going.”

Also recognized this year were:

• Second place: 8507 McKinley.

• Third place (tie): 8083 Virginia Park and 8102 Potomac.

• Honorable mention: 8662 Helen.

• Special recognition: 8485 Helen, 7350 Weingartz, 7230 Weingartz, 8528 Helen, 8039 State Park, 8657 Central.

• Commercial: Christian Financial Credit Union, 8171 E. 10 Mile Road; and Rudy Funeral Home, 25650 Van Dyke.

Ornsten said the winners would be notified and that they would be recognized at an upcoming meeting of the Center Line City Council. The winners will also be featured on the city’s local-access cable television station.

Center Line Mayor Bob Binson praised the work of the Beautification Commission, which was reorganized under his predecessor, the late Mayor David Hanselman.

“There were so many that participated. It was great to see some of these Christmas lights,” Binson said. “I think that the work (commission members) do has made Center Line unique. It’s so great to see them proud of their homes, proud of their city, and everything they do just makes the city more beautiful.”