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Critter Corner: Our critters are very happy to say the least. They come around and are just beside themselves. They are happy little critters and do enjoy all their special holiday treats. Little Mama and Little Miss are happy as can be, but their friends no longer come. Fine, as the ladies said “more for me.” We don't know what transpired between them but it's OK with us, as it costs us less. And Little Mama and Little Miss do not seem to care, so we are OK with it too. Our birds are all happy and they love all their Christmas treats. They are like little pigs, but we do love seeing them all, so we feed them all. It is only a few more days, then after the first of the year it is back to the same old stuff they get during the rest of the year, except when Easter and other holidays come around. They know and look out for it, too.

Nipomo Newcomer & Social Club: A reminder that membership renewal dues are due now, so contact Barbara Ward at (805) 773-3342, or for any questions or information you might need about the club.

Sad Note! Carol Lindley, of Blacklake, has passed away. She was very active in the community and in Nipomo Lions Club. She will be missed. She was also very well known in the Blacklake area for the many things she participated in and attended.

The Nipomo Christmas Lights at night: Before the final conclusion, we wish to thank the following individuals that gave of their time and energy to go to each and every one of the homes listed to evaluate them. Our special thanks to our Santa Maria friends, who joined to make sure the judging was impartial. They were Lupa Varela, Vanessa Pronge, both of Santa Maria, Margaret Woodman of Setauket New York, and the following from Nipomo: Carol Bowen, Roger Lindley, Toni and David Weitzel, and Richard Malvrose, who could not join us that evening as he had the flu, but worked very hard on this event. He obtained much information and placed it on Facebook for us, and did lots of leg work. He is a very hard worker for the entire community of Nipomo, and deserves many, many thanks for all he does and continues to do.

Now, the lights you must see in Nipomo: 1- You can not miss Apricot Street. Take the children, they will be so excited and will love it. You can drive very slow, or get out and walk the entire street. Both sides are decorated - they all spared no expense on glitz and glitter commemorating the season. A must see on your holiday list, and make sure you take the little ones and grandma and grandpa too, everyone will love it. Also, the best house overall was in Trilogy on the corner of Louise and Eucalyptus. It has an advertisement for 107 Radio Station and lots of lights and animations. 

The displays are rated as follows:

Best Business: Birchwood Farms

Best Neighborhood: Apricot Street

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Best House: Corner of Louise and Eucalyptus in Trilogy

Best Overall: Apricot Street

The Trilogy home by itself ran a close second for a single home. An honorable mention goes out to 1240 Grace Lane.

Let me know if we missed any that we should have looked at or did not see. We did try to get every one in and we did try to be as fair as possible. We will try to do it again next year, so get ready and have your home, business, and streets ready. Start planning now, for then, and we will have a great turnout. We'll bring in outsiders to assist with the judging to make it very fair. Merry Christmas an a Happy New Year to all. 

Toni Weitzel is the owner of the Best of Everything, featuring unique gifts and gift baskets, and a former president of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce. Nonprofit and other community organizations may submit items for this column by contacting her at 343-0283 or