Bill and Courtney Peach stand on their front porch with their daughters, 5-year-old Payton and 13-year-old Madison, and Courtney’s parents, John and Jane Moons. The Peach family won a holiday beautification award from the city of Clawson for their Christmas decorations.

Bill and Courtney Peach stand on their front porch with their daughters, 5-year-old Payton and 13-year-old Madison, and Courtney’s parents, John and Jane Moons. The Peach family won a holiday beautification award from the city of Clawson for their Christmas decorations.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Clawson distributes holiday beautification awards

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 23, 2018

 The home of Bill and Courtney Peach, 289 Park Drive in Clawson, shines brightly Dec. 20.

The home of Bill and Courtney Peach, 289 Park Drive in Clawson, shines brightly Dec. 20.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Old Port Restaurant in Clawson displays its holiday spirit, which won it a holiday beautification award from the city.

Old Port Restaurant in Clawson displays its holiday spirit, which won it a holiday beautification award from the city.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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CLAWSON — During the Dec. 18 Clawson City Council meeting, Clawson Director of Recreation and Senior Services Kathy Leenhouts presented the city’s annual holiday beautification awards.

This year, more than 30 homes were nominated; from them, the top five won an award.

Winners included Bill and Courtney Peach, 289 Park Drive; Jim and Julie Price, 668 W. Baker Ave.; Margaret Conroy, 499 Allen Ave.; David Zegelien, 650 Bowers St.; and Diane and Bill Mitchelson, 103 Gladwin Ave.

The full list of nominees is available on the city’s website at www.cityofclawson.com.

Leenhouts said the city encourages residents to call and nominate homes with beautiful holiday decorations, and each member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is also assigned a section of town to drive through.

“That helps kind of round it out, so all the areas of town get covered,” she said.

On Dec. 10, she said, the whole board visited each nominated property and scored it using a system that takes into account creativity; color; and extra yard elements, such as inflatables or statues.

“A lot of houses had lights of some type, but I don’t think there were a lot of over-the-top ones,” she said. “I actually think more lights went up (after we went out). I think the holidays snuck up on people, but it’s always fun.”

Besides the residential properties, Leenhouts commended several local businesses for their holiday displays, including the Old Port Restaurant, Woodpile BBQ Shack, Tavern on the Main and Kristel Group Inc.

“Old Port is very lit up this year — it looks lovely,” she said. “They decorated it to the nines and even have a helicopter on the roof with Santa in it and lights around it.”

Luigi Cacaj, owner of Old Port Restaurant, said this was his first year in the city of Clawson and that he was thankful for the recognition from the city. In a Dec. 20 phone interview, he said he was still not done decorating yet and that he was still buying more decorations.

Courtney Peach said her residence has received a holiday beautification award for the last few years and that her family, including her husband, Bill, and daughters — Destiny, 15; Madison, 13; and 5-year-old Payton — look forward to decorating each year.

“This will be our fifth year doing it,” she said. “We’re definitely pretty grateful we’ve been nominated so many years in a row. We love living in Clawson, and we’re proud to call it our home.”

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