8,000 lights in Christmas display
I’ve been wondering just how many individual lights Leroy Brandt puts up for his spectacular lighting display on West Main Street as I drive by and admire the house during the Christmas season. He told me he counted them for his mother-in-law, and they have 8,000 individual lights that he tries to re-do every year to give a little variety to the scene. Leroy said, “The electric bill never matters. It’s just a month every year, and the cost gets absorbed during the rest of the year.”His father-in-law, Frank Kramer, makes a new wooden figure every year that is part of the overall display on the property. This year the new one is a Santa on a Harley Davidson that is on the Brandt’s fence.The inside of the Brandt home is not as elaborately lit. However, Leroy says that since April is no longer providing daycare, he wants to get started putting up more inside decorations. Watch out, April!The decorated gazebo at Burning Mountain Park is another beautiful addition of Christmas cheer in downtown New Castle. Kathy Senor volunteered West Canyon Tree Farm for the job, and Ray Chelewski and Mike Paddock did the actual labor. Take a few minutes to drive by the tree farm for another breathtaking electrical sight.LIFT-UP thanks all those generous New Castle citizens who sponsored an angel off the Angel Tree. Because of their selflessness, 189 children in New Castle will receive a gift this Christmas.Garry Buzick is sponsoring a New Castle Holiday Lighting Contest, inclusive of homes in beautiful downtown New Castle, Castle Valley Ranch, Riverbend, and Appletree Park. Pick up registration forms at 112 W. Cathedral Court in Castle Valley Ranch. Ballots for the public can also be picked up at that location. The deadline for registration is Dec. 20, so you better get hopping if you want to be considered. The prizes are first place – $200, second place – $100, and third place – $50. Winners will be announced Dec. 31. -The menu for the CMC Senior Nutrition Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 23, at the New Castle Community Center, will be turkey slices, potatoes with gravy, brussels sprouts, cranberry relish salad, pumpkin pudding with topping.Please call me at 984-2308 if you have any New Castle news or inspirations to share. Merry Christmas!
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.