Several team up to make poles more festive

The new lights poles installed on South Jefferson Street in Huntington got a holiday update of Christmas lights and garland thanks to donations by several individuals and businesses.
The new lights poles installed on South Jefferson Street in Huntington got a holiday update of Christmas lights and garland thanks to donations by several individuals and businesses. Photo by Scott Trauner.

A group of local businesses and individuals have come together to add some Christmas cheer to the new light poles installed on South Jefferson Street.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters announced that the installation of lights and garland on the light poles, stretching from the railroad tracks south to Riverside Drive, is up and twinkling and in time for Christmas.

Fetters said that in mid-November he was approached by former Mayor Steve Updike, who asked if it would be possible to donate some money to decorate the new light poles.

Fetters contacted City Parks Superintendent Steve Yoder and asked him to research the cost and whether the decorations could be installed for the 2017 holiday season. The price tag turned out to be $850.

“Mayor Updike had a nice conversation with me at the fish fry, and we got to looking at it and sent out an appeal,” Fetters says. “Everybody jumped in and responded in some great ways.”

Along with Updike, donors included The Rusty Dog Irish Pub, Young Electric, Purviance House Bed & Breakfast, Sunshine Auto Sales and the Huntington Metro Kiwanis Club.

Yoder found a vendor and negotiated a discounted cost for the materials as well as assurance that the garlands and lights would be delivered and the parks department crews could install them by Dec. 15.

“One person’s idea and willingness to help led to a whole bunch of people jumping in and getting something done,” Fetters says. “It is always fun to watch the contagious spirit of generosity make Huntington a more beautiful place to live, work, learn and play.”