Heroic trees win Southgate contest

Photo by James Mitchell

The Southgate Parks and Recreation Department won the city’s second annual department Christmas Tree Decorating Contest last week, bringing in 7-year-old Joey Truel to don the colorful cape and complement the Superman/Wonder Woman trees. Each participating department took this year’s superhero theme and ran with it, filling city offices with evergreens sporting images of Captain America, Spider-Man and other familiar heroes. The winner was announced Wednesday during the municipal tree-lighting ceremony after a panel of volunteer judges viewed the entries Tuesday, and the Parks and Recreation Department was treated to a pizza lunch to celebrate the victory.