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Bill and Cheryl Filion are shown above with their 2020 winning gingerbread creation, as well as some of their other creations in the background. Sharon Township residents Bill and Cheryl Filion recently placed first at a national competition — the 19th annual Savannah Harbor Foundation Gingerbread Competition in Georgia — with their three-dimensional gingerbread piece titled, “Great American Road Trip: A National Park Tribute.” SHARON — When organizing needed supplies to assemble a gingerbread house, most do not head to the garage to grab power tools, but Bill and Cheryl Filion do, and their intentional and meticulous artistry continues to serve up sweet success. The Filions, of Sharon Township, recently placed first at a national event — the 19th annual Savannah Harbor Foundation Gingerbread Competition in Georgia — with their three-dimensional gingerbread piece titled, “Great American Road Trip: A National Park Tribute,” which was designed to honor the U.S. while mirroring a special trip they took this year. The husband and wife are not novice gingerbread creators, as they have been entering their work in competitions for the past decade, gaining nationwide recognition for their precise craftsmanship. Cheryl Filion, a retired art teacher, first started making a traditional gingerbread house each Christmas with her children. A few years in, Bill Filion, a retired software industry professional, became interested in being a part of the planning, constructing and decorating, too. “In 2015, my husband started joining us, getting out the power tools,” she said. In the past, the family focused […]