Home Doll house Tarentum names the best decorators in a borough competition

Tarentum names the best decorators in a borough competition


Tom Tyborowski begins decorating his Tarentum house for Christmas just as the Halloween pumpkins go out – but the lights, reindeer and nutcrackers stay on until at least February.

“We appreciate it and sometimes after the rush of the holidays, when everything seems jaded, we appreciate the lights a little more,” Tyborowski said.

The efforts at her East Eighth Avenue home have paid off this year.

Tyborowski and her roommate Glenn Marsh won the borough’s home decorating competition in the most traditional category.

Tarentum has long sponsored a competition for business owners to show off their storefronts. This year, the borough decided to extend it to residents in order to stimulate the holiday spirit after nearly two years of a persistent pandemic and cancellations of related events.

Three major winners were named in the business and residential districts. The categories were Car Stopper, The most traditional and the most colorful.

In the residential category, the winners are:

• Car Stopper – Kelli Koprivnikar and Jack Wise, 318 W. 11th Ave.

• The Most Traditional – Tom Tyborowski and Glenn Marsh, 506 E. Eighth Ave.

• The Most Colorful – David Kjanica, 509 E. 10th Ave.

In the business district, the winners are:

• Car Stopper – Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, 300, rue Corbet.

• The most traditional – Lehman Flower Shop, 208 Corbet St.

• The most colorful – Tarentum Post Office, 708 Corbet St.

“It’s a great event that brings out the Christmas spirit in everyone,” said Carrie Fox, chair of the Tarentum Recreation Council.

“It was so much fun, including the residents this year. Learning how much our residents and businesses love to enlighten and bring joy to others is so special to Tarentum.

In addition to the bragging rights, the winners received a sign on the lawn and their names will be displayed on the municipal website.

Joyce Williams, owner of Lehman Flower Shop, has been participating in the window contest for several years. She thinks it adds a special touch to the borough and makes buyers feel welcome.

Williams’ warehouse is full of a plethora of decorations that she pulls up each year to mix up the theme of her window. This year, she went for a traditional look with a Santa Claus standing next to a mantle, a Christmas tree, lots of poinsettias, a garland and a young girl playing with a dollhouse.

“I have so much gingerbread, deer, animated characters and all that it’s fun to make it different every year,” said Williams, who has won top prize in the past.

“It involves everyone and it’s good for the community.

Tyborowski has lived in his house for 15 years and said he always tackles holiday decorating.

“This competition gave us a boost,” he said. “We were doing many of lights.

“We love to light everything up and carry that holiday spirit into the New Year. “

Tawnya Panizzi is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, [email protected] or via Twitter .