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2018-01-10 / Front Page

“Decorate the Township” Contest Winners


John and Phyllis Halderman at 307 North M-123 in Paradise Michigan, won the 2017 Decorate the Township individual prize recipient. John and Phyllis Halderman at 307 North M-123 in Paradise Michigan, won the 2017 Decorate the Township individual prize recipient. The Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a 2017 “Decorate the Township” contest on M-123 in Whitefish Township as a celebration of the new winter decorations installed in Paradise.

The decorations have an emphasis on snowflakes and include LED displays and banners purchased from the Bronner’s Commercial Display Division. They were financed with the financial support of the following businesses and organizations:

Village Fabrics & Crafts, the Paradise Area Tourism Council, Whitefish Township, Falls Building Center, Clovedrland Electric, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Hiawatha Telephone Company, Paradise Area Night Riders, Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce, Paradise Area Community Foundation, Camp 33, Wild Blueberry Festival and The Lodge at Silver Creek, along with a number of private donations.


Chainsaw Chad, located at 8148 North M-123 was Paradise’s Decorate the Township commercial winner. Chainsaw Chad, located at 8148 North M-123 was Paradise’s Decorate the Township commercial winner. The 2017 panel of judges declared John and Phyllis Halderman at 307 North M- 123 as the 2017 “Decorate the Township” individual prize recipient.

In years past many residents have expressed delight over the decorations often displayed at the Haldermans.

Mrs. Halderman was apologetic, as the couple hadn’t decorated as much this year as in the past, but their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Paradise woodsmith Chad DeRuischer, located at 8148 North M-123, was named the Decorate the Township commercial winner.

Most summer days “Chainsaw Chad” can be found designing, sculpting and building unique works of art in this complex. A little snow in the winter, though, doesn’t prevent his team from making a big statement to celebrate and decorate for the season.


Paradise’s new winter decorations Paradise’s new winter decorations Learn more about Chainsaw Chad in Paradise through Facebook and view images of his sculptures and furniture.

The 2017 winners each received a $100 check from the Chamber in appreciation of their inspiration in decorating the township.

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