Springville, the village with a warm and giving heart
Wednesday February 12, 2014 | By:Jim and Debbie Jozwiak |
Thank you, Springville.
It has been a cold winter so far, but the heart of Springville is very warm. This year’s food drive started very slow. The weather was a big factor, along with the Eddies Road bridge closing. This made traffic a lot less, going down Mill Street. This year’s winter damaged many parts of my display, including a dozen spiral trees and many light sets.
One week before the end of the food drive, I had only received a quarter of the food normally collected. By talking to different organizations, in less than a week, last year’s record goal was almost achieved. I would like to thank The Springville Fire Company, The Springville Lions Club, The Springville Veterans of Foreign Wars Mens’ Auxiliary, The Springville Field and Stream and Lawrence’s Tavern.
Thank you to all who dropped off food donations, along with those who gave money to buy food for this drive. I would also like to thank my parents, for donating three items from the original “Niagara Falls Festival of Lights” and my junior partner and neighbor, Adam Trautman, for his help. The food this year went to The Springville Concord Food Pantry and The Trading Post.
I get questions about the lights, so I will give a short description about this year:
Food items – 510
Food in pounds – 445
Total lights this year – 19,844
Total power in amps – 120
Channels powered by computer – 48
Hours to set up – more than 100
Hours to tear down – 20
I start lights on Oct. 15 and work on the computer program, all year long.
Lights are incandescent and LED.
Radio range – I can broadcast up to one mile maximum; I have it much less than that.
Thank you to all for stopping to talk, while I decorate, stop and make a donation or spend some time with family and friends by enjoying our lights.
May everyone have a safe and healthy 2014.
Jim and Deb Jozwiak