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Monday, December 17, 2012 1:44 PM


DELPHOS — Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswald of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” would be proud to call the Heiing home on East Third Street his own this Christmas season. The house, owned by Larry and Deann Heiing and their three sons, Logan, Austin and Noah is festooned with every Christmas light imaginable and for those die-hard “Vacation” fans, they can catch the movie in the side window playing on a TV.

The home was also chosen as the People’s Choice and “Clark Griswald” winner in the  “Betty Honigford Spirit of Christmas” decorating contest.

Bev (Honigford) Jettinghoff and Meghan Ryba invited the Delphos community to share in their joy of Christmas by participating in the contest.

Residents in the Delphos City School District were encouraged to decorate their homes and then register them for voting.

While their goals are the same, the reasons the two came together to offer the contest are different.

The late Betty Honigford loved Christmas. She actually loved all holidays but Christmas especially.

Ryba and her family moved to Delphos from Youngstown some years ago. They always enjoyed driving around their community and looking at Christmas lights.

“We just haven’t been able to find anything around here that compares closer than Bluffton,” Ryba said. “We miss doing that as a family.”

Homes were judged in five categories:

— Religious — best display with a religious theme.

— Nostalgic — most old-fashioned, “best reminds me” display;The Heiing home at 501 E. Third St. was the hands-down winner in two categories of the first-ever “Betty Honigford Spirit of Christmas” decorating contest. The effort won the “Clark Griswald” category and People’s Choice in the competition. (Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)

— White Elegance - All-white lights;

— Clark Griswald — excessive use of outdoor lighting and decoration; and

— Inside Out — indoor displays that are visible from the street.

A grand prize and “People’s Choice” were also chosen.

The winner of each category received $50 and “People’s Choice” received $100.

The Religious winner was the Fetzer family at  477 S. Main St.; Nostalgic was the Neumeier family at 626 N. Bredeick; White Elegance was the Gable family at 508 W. Second St.; Inside Out went to the Ladds at 669 Leonard Avenue; and the grand prize went to the Hamiltons at 14595 Landeck Road.The Neumeier home at 626 N. Bredeick St. won the The Ladd home at 669 Leonard Avenue in the Menke Addition won the


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