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Festival of Trees winners are announced

December 03, 2005

Antietam Healthcare Foundation announced the winning trees Thursday in the Second annual Festival of Trees.

The first place tree in the "Judge's Choice" category was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Long Meadow and designed and decorated by the children of the Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence in Hagerstown.

This tree was one of more than 45 entered in the competition. The trees were judged in categories including theme, originality, overall design harmony and overall effects.

"This was an exciting and rewarding event," said Kevin Moriarty of the Washington County Arts Council, the exhibition committee co-chair. "The judges' task this year was very involved, and the judges were all very impressed at the wonderful beauty and quality of the entrants this year."

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Judges included Dr. Joseph Ruzicka of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Kurt Landes of the Hagerstown Suns and local artist Joan Bontempo.

Other winners included:

· First place, Christmas memories category - All-Shred with "Antique Kitchen Christmas."

· First place, handcrafted with heart category - Ellsworth Electric Inc. with "An Electrifying Christmas."

· First place, most creative category - Freeman & Freeman P.C. with "North Pole Cinema."

The following trees received honorable mention:

· Gastroenterology Associates with "Old Fashioned Country Christmas."

· M.S. Johnston Company Inc. with "The Spirit of Christmas."

· Rotary Club of Hagerstown-Sunrise with "Strong, Smart & Bold."

· The Brethren Mutual Insurance Co. with "A Vintage Christmas."

The festival of trees continues today with entertainment from local schools, youth programs and groups beginning at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, entertainment begins at noon.

The festival helps raise money for Washington County Hospital's special care level II nursery project.

For information, go to www.festivaloftreesinhagerstown.com

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