By Gary Wamsley
It’s nearly time to start learning how to say and write 2009. With Christmas and New Year’s Day fast approaching, 2008 will be gone in a flash, but there is still much to do in the current year.
The crews are trying to finish Mountain Avenue so we can have our parade this weekend. While the street is adequate, the places for spectators to stand on sidewalks still needed a great deal of work this week. The medium range weather forecast indicates good conditions for the parade, not the bitter cold we have had some years –– so I hope we have a big crowd.
I had a chance to ride around with Officer Yachik this week as he was picking up donated food and toys. He has put a lot of effort into “Berthoud Helping Berthoud” project. He still needs more toys for the kids and hopes to collect more at the parade. He will be driving the code enforcement van in the parade and will bring his family along to pick up your donations. Saturday will be the wrap-up for collections so he and the other volunteers can gift wrap the gifts for delivery later in the month. I don’t want to disappoint them, so if each family coming to see the parade would bring just one toy it would bring great joy to many.
I think it is great that Officer Yachik is bringing the Berthoud Police Department into this realm. Loveland has had their Santa Cops program going for a long time, and I wondered why Berthoud has not participated more actively. This is a great step forward.
The Mountain Avenue construction is also delaying the installation of Christmas decorations downtown. The old streetlights have to come down soon and the new light poles put in place. The bases for the lights are on hand and the lights are supposed to arrive this week. Still, I will be surprised if they can get the lights installed before the parade. The old-fashioned lampposts will make a big difference in the appearance of the downtown are.
While I am on the subject of the Main Street enhancement, I have fielded some question about why the town is spending money on this when funds are in such short supply. The short answer is the enhancement is not coming from the town coffers; it is being paid for by grants and private donations to the Main Street program. That is the beauty of having the Main Street Program. I know that early on some of the trustees were questioning the benefit of the money the town was spending to support the program, but that investment has now been returned many times over.
The Parade of Lights is the Chamber of Commerce’s big holiday kickoff and I hope you will plan on coming. While you are there, be sure and stop by the Roadhouse Bicycle Shop and get a bowl of chili from the Berthoud BMX Association.
I will be taking photos at the parade and I hope to see you there and around town.