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Paint the Town Red, White and Blue Winners

NEWTON, NC (Sept. 8, 2017) – The Newton Appearance Commission recently named Carolina Vines the winning business and the Rev. Rick and Virginia Reid the winning residents in the 2017 Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest.

The annual contest is organized by the Appearance Commission to encourage members of the community to show off their patriotic spirit and pride.

Carolina Vines was decorated inside and out with various patriotic items including bunting, garlands, flowers, and lots of Uncle Sam figurines.

“We do this every year,” said Twyla McDermott, co-owner of Carolina Vines. “It’s just what we do to support this very fine city and its historic events.”

McDermott noted that her family has a legacy of military service.

Carolina Vines is located at 19 North College Ave.

The Reid’s home on North Deal Avenue was festooned with a variety of patriotic decorations, including family military uniforms and American flags.

The Reid family has a rich history of military service. Rick Reid served during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Virginia Reid grew up in a military family.

“This is our way of saying thank you for all the people who have served in the military,” Virginia Reid said.

The Appearance Commission presented Abundant Life Florist & Gifts with an award for honorable mention in the Paint the Town contest. The shop is located at 29 East A St.

The Appearance Commission presented Jason and Teresa Keimig with an award for honorable mention in the Paint the Town contest. The Keimigs recently moved into their home on North Main Avenue and decorated their porch with handmade red, white and blue bunting and various other patriotic decorations.

“We look forward to Newton’s residents and businesses coming together every year in this patriotic contest,” said Collette Touchette, Appearance Commission chair. “I’d like to thank each of the business owners and citizens who helped us paint Newton red, white and blue once again.”


Paint the Town - Carolina Vines
Newton Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette (right) presents the first place business award in the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest to (from left) Lee McDermott, Phyllis Deese, and Twyla McDermott with Carolina Vines.

Paint the Town - Abundant Life
Newton Appearance Commission chair Collette Touchette (right) presents the honorable mention award for the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest to Cindy Whitener with Abundant Life Florist & Gifts.

Paint the Town - ReidNewton Appearance Commission Chair Collette Touchette (left) presents the first place resident award in the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest to the Rev. Rick and Virginia Reid.

Paint the Town - Keimig
Newton Appearance Commission chair Collette Touchette (right) presents the honorable mention award for the Paint the Town Red, White and Blue contest to Teresa Keimig.