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GCR Tire in Hawthorne was one of many local businesses that displayed its Christmas spirit as part of a CAHS decorating contest.

In an effort to bring back that small town Christmas feel, staff at Consolidated Agency of Human Services (CAHS) put together a business contest to get people “in the Christmas spirit”.

Business owners began to put much thought and heart into decorating businesses up and down both Sierra Way and Fifth Street, trying to outdo their neighbors in a friendly contest which by no doubt, has NV Energy smiling.

Thought went into each and every decoration. From traditional window decorating to a Candy Land wonderland was presented to the judges.

CAHS stated, “[We] decided this year that we really wanted to see some extra sparkle and holiday spirit in our hometown of Hawthorne. There are always a guaranteed few businesses/buildings with decorations but we wanted to see so much more. We thought that the best way to inspire everyone was with a healthy competition. Thus sparked “A Hawthorne Christmas Makeover” contest. We will continue to sponsor this event annually and hope it gets better and better! We want people who live here and drive through to see and feel the holiday spirit!”

The decorations will stay up for the viewing pleasure of residents and visitors over the Christmas holiday.

Those businesses that participated were: Mineral County Sheriff’s Office; Mineral County Library; Hawthorne Utilities; Bodies at Work Gym; Patricia’s Estate Warehouse; Great Basin Tire and Napa Auto Parts; Maggie’s Once More; P& P Hair Designs; Barley’s/Mr. Beane’s Coffee Shop/Mt. Grant Electric; Financial Horizons Credit Union and Hawthorne Ordnance Museum.

A special visitor, Santa Claus was spotted at P&P Hair Designs where he handed out candy canes and posed with children both young and old for pictures. “You are a mean one, Mr. Grinch” found his way to the beauty salon where his heart was melted at the sight of such Christmas spirit.

Residents of Hawthorne thank CAHS personnel for taking on this monumental task of helping businesses share their Christmas spirit and some have even asked that it also be extended to residential competitions.

Unfortunately, the Independent-News had to drop out of the competition when a casualty happened with 20 feet of garland.

“We are so excited that it sparked a little extra holiday spirit in our fabulous businesses, community offices and community members,” CAHS concluded.