by Trish Rudder
The Blessings Box by Brighter Horizons Kids Club won First Place in the “Deck the Meters” contest by the Town of Bath.
Bath Municipal Court Clerk, Breauna Farris, who was in charge of the contest said the winners were voted on by the public through the Town of Bath’s social media page.
Brighter Horizons is a child care support group for Life or Drugs Tri-State Support. It provides the kids with crafts and activities while the adults meet.
Heather Windle is a case manager with Life or Drugs and daughter Layla Windle is the child care facilitator with Brighter Horizons.
Heather WIidle said on Monday that the blessings box on the north side of East Fairfax Street is being refilled with food, hygiene products, hand warmers and other items, and is monitored by Layla.
“It’s definitely being used,” Heather said.
The box, “Take what you need, leave what you can” was painted by Layla and Paige Maconaughey.
The second-place decorated meter was won by John DeMarinis of the Morgan County Jeepers. It is on the south side of West Fairfax Street.
Third place was won by Jessica Close of the Morgan County Girl Scout Troop 40764. The wooden Christmas tree is on South Washington Street next to Berkeley Springs State Park.
This is the first year the town managed the parking meter decorations. In the past, the local Chamber of Commerce oversaw the meter decorations, but the town wanted to keep the meter faces uncovered to avoid condensation and damage, which was expensive to repair.
Farris said having a contest was a last-minute idea and she hopes the meter project will go more smoothly next year.