By Gary Wamsley
The opening day of Christmas in Berthoud was a very nice show. There was something to occupy your time for most of the day. There were things to buy, things to see and hear and things to eat. I had a slice of pizza at Berthoud Elementary School for lunch and chili at the bicycle shop for supper. In between, I was entertained by concerts at Grace Place and did a little Christmas Shopping.
The culmination of the day was the parade and the tree lighting. The lack of sidewalks and curbing in the 500 block of Mountain Avenue made that an inconvenient spot, but spectators found other safe places to stand.
I thought the tree lighting and the candle light caroling was a very nice finish to the day. I want to extend my gratitude to the Christmas in Berthoud Committee for doing a great job.
I hope we can have the tree lit in the evenings. There is a little problem in the electrical supply for the lights. Apparently the outlet under the tree is only a 20-amp circuit and the 750 lights on the tree use a bit more electricity than that. I understand there is a search for a solution to the problem, but on last Saturday an auxiliary generator was needed to power the tree lights.
It is only two weeks to Christmas and this makes it difficult to get everything done. I did get the Christmas tree up and decorated this week. We just carried the fully decorated tree up from the basement where I stored it last year. It is a lovely tree that I purchased at auction at Grace Place last year.
I hope the new street lights can be installed before the New Year; they will make such a difference in the appearance downtown. I already like the “bulb outs” and now that some of the paving and curbing is done they don’t look quite as big as they did at first.
I thing the extension of the corners will make Mountain Avenue much safer for both pedestrians and vehicles. Not only is there a shorter distance for pedestrians to cross, they are also more visible to traffic before they step out into the street. Previously pedestrians were often hidden from view by parked cars and vans.
Much of the same is true of vehicular traffic. I noticed when I was crossing Mountain Avenue on Third Street that I could see the traffic further away. Cars now have to park a little further away from the corner and I could safely pull out far enough that I could see down the street. Yes, I think they will be a very good thing thanks to our Main Street Director, Board and committee volunteers. They have put in a lot of work to make this possible.
It is going to be very pleasant around town, see you there.