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Posted: 11/09/05

A photo of the house that came from Ponke's Web site,

Tillson house haunts the best

      The Starkweather Arts and Cultural Society's First Annual Best House Halloween Decoration award went to Matt Ponke of Tillson Street ( for ghost house.
       The award was presented at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Ronald Lindroth criss-crossed the village on Oct. 30 alone and again on Halloween evening with James F. Stegner before making his decision. The award was presented by Bill Scarborough, Starkweather board chairman.
       Stegner is a Starkweather board member and the designer of the award through Stegner Graphics. Lindroth, 62, is a resident of Macomb. He is a graphic artist who has had a long and distinguished career. He has been art director in some of Detroit's most prominent advertising firms.
       "When given the responsibility of choosing a winner, I set forth some objectives<visual impact, continuity of subject matter . . . or theme, sound, lighting, animation and workmanship," Lindroth said. "To make sure no one was left out, I drove around and walked the streets in the Village of Romeo on Halloween looking for any home that might have a chance to be considered for the award wherever they may live in town.
       "Although there were several homes worthy of the award, the Tillson Cemetery home on Tillson Street stood out as a clear winner with its extraordinary mix of `spooky' scenery, lighting, sound, animated figures and electronics that included a ghost playing the organ, an electrocution of a goblin, the grim reaper walking through the graveyard, ghosts glowing in the windows and rising out of their graves. Its overall impact was breathtaking."
       Lindroth also liked the house with the large inflated pumpkins as well as the pirate ship house, both on Tillson. He was also impressed with the haunted house on West St. Clair with the creepy front door.

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