MAY YOUR DAYS BE MERRY AND BRIGHT — The Jozwiak home, located at 14048 Mill St. in Springville, welcomes visitors to evening light displays through the month of December. Photo by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — Jim Jozwiak is again bringing Christmas cheer to Springville, along with an awareness of the needs of the community.
The Mill Street resident, whose thousands of holiday lights, set to festive music, have brightened the village for four years now, is inviting the residents of the area to again check out his home’s holiday display, while getting into the Christmas spirit by donating nonperishable food items for the needy.
What began as a means to literally brighten the atmosphere for Jozwiak’s sick wife has now expanded into a food drive the whole community can be a part of. Although Jozwiak said that his wife Deborah is now doing much better, he has expanded, rather than ceased, the Christmas light display that made him a finalist in last year’s WGRZ holiday light contest.
The display, which has grown every year since Jozwiak first began to invite local families to check out his festive exhibit, now features approximately 20,200 lights that are animated, via two commercial timers and a professional radio transmitter, to a high-energy Trans-Siberian Orchestra song. Visitors can tune their radios to 90.5 FM and enjoy the display from the comfort of their own cars.
“This is now a community endeavor,” Jozwiak said. “I figured that, since I already had a lot of money invested, that I might as well keep going and make it a good cause.” This year, he spent more than 100 hours, beginning Oct. 1, to get the display ready for the holiday season.
Visitors are asked to place nonperishable food items into a red, present-shaped box located at the end of the Jozwiak’s driveway. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 17 and then distributed equally between the Springville Trading Post and the Springville Concord Community Food Pantry. Last year, 238 pounds – or 405 individual food items, plus $2 – were raised for the needy and Jozwiak said he hopes to gather as much food as possible, again this year.
“I just want to help the community,” he said.
A member of the Springville Lions Club, he delivers food to area shut-ins during the holidays and said that he has seen, first-hand, how much this type of help is appreciated.
New this year are fire truck-shaped signs that announce the holiday display for passersby. “A family friend, Ron Rudnicki, made those for us,” Jozwiak said, adding that the new signs represent trucks 4 and 6 from the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, of which he is a member.
In addition, Steve Kreitzbender of Pit Stop Pizzeria made some professional signs for the display.
In addition, Jozwiak said that he trenched under his driveway to extend the holiday lights closer to town and hopes to purchase another controller, next year, to allow him to add even more features to the display.
The lights will remain on display until the first weekend in January. “I just ask that people pull off the side of the road and use my driveway to turn around in,” Jozwiak said.
The display can be viewed at 14048 Mill St. in Springville on weeknights from 5 – 10 p.m. and on weekends from 5 – 11 p.m. Motorists may turn their car radios to 90.5 to see the lights dance to the music.