Well, this sneaked up on us: At the end of today’s Ad Hoc, we realized that it was our final gathering of 2017. We shall skip the next two Mondays and plan our next gathering on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. It seems that we continue to enjoy putting our heads and efforts together — as well as working *with you* in whatever way is best for you. Here’s to Ad Hocking in 2018.
Consideration is being given to placing a set of flags at elevated placements on the four lamp posts at the intersection of Main and Lincoln streets downtown. A test bracket with a U.S. flag has been placed on the southeast corner post to demonstrate. An older flag (yeah, a smaller than what would ultimately be placed but fine as a placeholder) was inserted into the standard just so we could see how the treatment looks. Mayor Bill Taylor personally funded the prototype and worked through design issues with city officials and local metal wizards Dauer Welding; Mayor Bill also found spinner hardware that would help keep the 24-7 flag displays from bunching in the Kansas breeze. The final brackets and metalwork would be painted to blend with our spun concrete light poles. Flags would be U.S., Swedish, Kansas and some sort of Lindsborg flag (maybe our 150th logo?) Unless anyone has objections, this plan would proceed. Concern? Touch base with Kathy Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, thanks to Bill Taylor for jump-starting this idea.
In taking the collective temperature of our group this morning, we heard many shout-outs to good things:
• Lindsborg native and Bethany College alum Stan Hays made us proud as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2017. Stan, a grand champ BBQ master, feeds disaster survivors through his non-profit Operation BBQ Relief. It was fun to see Stan’s story presented worldwide. See more here http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/02/world/top-10-cnn-heroes-2017/index.html.
• Bethany College students took off for the holiday break, and so our town is a little less rockin’ than usual. Meanwhile, the campus prepares to receive almost 80 percent of its student body who will return for interterm classes and athletic conditioning starting Jan. 8. The positive beat goes on.
• We are relishing the creative holiday decor of business windows and at houses across the town. The City of Lindsborg’s Christmas lighting contest has generated extra interest, and Trollslanda Toy Store’s Deb Briggs contacted businesses to encourage them to light up the town. Looking better every year.
• Because we were talking about CNN heroes and innovations this morning, we mentioned the name of the late Wes Adell, former Lindsborg parks director and former McPherson County Commissioner. Wes spearheaded nationally recognized recycling and composting projects for Lindsborg in the 1990s and early 2000s. We talked about the challenge of being, as Wes was, undeterred in pushing for new ideas and making environmentally healthy practices work for a small community. A few of us even remembered Wes' vision of a giant tree house attraction for Lindsborg that would tell the story of the value of the tree canopy. Read a bit more: http://www.lindsborgcity.org/Index.aspx?NID=82 and
https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/362858/ (Hey, Wes Adell’s accomplishments would make the basis of a wonderful entry for the Lindsborg Sesquicentennial’s “150 Project” of 150-word recaps of the people, places and things that best define our community.)
• The delightful Lindsborg Rocks is a local practice of placing hand-painted rocks with encouraging messages in public areas. It continues to touch lives of people local and from afar, it was noted this morning. See how it works on a Facebook page by the same name.
• Did you see? There's another Lindsborg out there, and it's a house in Sweden. Caroline Bentevik from Nyköping reported via Facebook:
“...a couple of years ago I found out that there is a Swedish named city in the US called Lindsborg when googling the name of my parents house. Yes, that's right. Our house is called Lindsborg. Back when it was built and my ancestors bought it in 1912, “Lindsborg” was the address, only our Lindsborg is in Nyköping, Sweden. Since then I've been fascinated about the city and thought it was so cool that a city was called the exact same thing as our house. It also finally cleared up why Lindsborg was nearly always taken as email name and that sort of thing.”
• We discussed at length an expanded social media and advertising effort for 2018 in collaboration with the Lindsborg CVB. Details will follow in the next News and Notes.
• We also talked about how best to bring the general Lindsborg message to our individuals customers through email newsletters.
• We also renewed for 2018 our intent to push forward on bringing more public seating to Lindsborg business districts.