Custodian wins City Hall decorating contest

Monday, December 8, 2008
Brazil City Hall Head Custodian Charlene Head makes some last-minute adjustments to decorations on the table at the entrance to city hall. Head won the in-house Christmas decorating contest between herself and the Water, Mayor's and Clerk's offices. The public is welcome to view the decorations during normal business hours.

One suggestion can unite an entire group.

Employees at Brazil City Hall have recently been competing to see who could come up with the most creative Christmas decorations.

"We came up with the idea to decorate our office and everyone jumped on board," City Water Office Manager Sheryl Hill said. "It started out as fun but we got a little competitive to see who could have the best decorations."

The competition included the Water, Clerk's and Mayor's offices along with the hallways, which were decorated by Head Custodian Charlene Head. Although they were not officially part of the competition, the Brazil City Garage also joined in the festivities.

"It was just something nice to do for the holidays," Garage Office Manager Harry Head told The Brazil Times about the designs painted on the front windows of the garage. "It adds color to the garage and the decorations put everyone in a good mood."

With difficult economic times on the horizon, Mayor Ann Bradshaw said the decorations have brightened the spirits of employees at city hall.

"It's been fun seeing everyone work together," she said. "Decorating the offices has given everyone a chance to be creative and add a little color to the work days."

Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen echoed Bradshaw's sentiments as she put the final touches to her decorations.

"We all had our own ideas and the contest provided a little extra incentive to be especially creative," McQueen said. "But in the end, it is all about getting into the Christmas spirit."

Pictures from the contest, along with area houses decorated for the Christmas season, may be viewed at

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