First a couple of reminders, then a story:
• We encourage you to drop by the Sundstrom Center between 3 and 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, to congratulate outgoing city clerk Jerry Sperling and utility clerk Gaylene Butler. Both have devoted many years to making Lindsborg work. These were jobs for both Gaylene and Jerry, but they did their work in a special way -- as neighbors and committed friends of the community. Thanks for everything, Jerry and Gaylene, and best wishes in your next acts.
• From 11-1 Saturday, Nov. 17, the Lindsborg Community Library will offer a "We Are Thankful" meal of soup, chili, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods. The meal is by cash donation or by bringing canned/packaged food for later distribution by TACOL.
Even on an overcast day, there’s cheer in the twinkling white lights in downtown Lindsborg trees and on the Old Mill Bridge. On a dark, cold night? The light adds true delight for residents and visitors alike.
It takes many hands to create Lindsborg’s pair of Great Bright Ways.
Downtown building owner Merle Larson again hung many of the estimated 30,000 lights in downtown trees. This year Merle was aided by Lindsborg resident Mike Bray. Their work was done over more than two weeks when weather and schedules permitted along Main and Lincoln streets. On the Old Mill Bridge, devoted Lindsborg volunteer Karmon Almquist worked with Lindsborg's Ken Sjogren and David Hay of First Bank Kansas, installing strands and replacing bulbs that line the large structure.
The City of Lindsborg devoted nearly a day of employee time and use of one of its utility bucket trucks to help get lights around the very tallest of downtown trees. The City also pays the utility bill for nearly four months of illumination both on the bridge and downtown.
Bob McCall at Lindsborg Hardware has been a great help, too. Again, Bob set an attractive price for the community's bulk lighting purchases -- and he allows us to run a tab, to boot.
Each year Lindsborg citizens — residents and businesses alike — are asked to donate toward a fund to buy lighting strands and replacement bulbs. This year, we need at least $1,800 — maybe a tad more. Thus far, only half of that $1,800 is in the fund.
Each year trees grow taller and require more strands for coverage. Strands fray in moisture and wind, requiring replacement. Bulbs break in vandalism or accidents. So far Lindsborg is fortunate to have knowledgeable and physically able volunteers. What would it cost to hire a private firm to decorate downtown trees in the same lighting scheme? One area vendor quoted $11,000.
Many business owners and residents have expressed appreciation for the seasonal brightness that “appeared” last weekend. That’s why we hope you that will be moved to kick in a few bucks toward this project if you have not already done so.
Checks can go to the Lindsborg At Work Association in care of David Hay at First Bank Kansas. Cash can go in collection containers at Scott's Hometown Foods, Hairymolarys, Yes Way and Casey's.
Thanks for helping lighting up Lindsborg.