Light ‘em if you got ‘em

In keeping with tradition, Mountain City is preparing to light up the town.
Loving Mountain City (LMC) invites you to string Christmas lights at your house in November for “Let’s Light Up the City” starting Thanksgiving weekend.

With decorations tended to before the holiday season, there’s more time to enjoy Christmas lights with friends and family during the season.
Thanks to former Mayor LaVerne McClendon, mother of our current mayor, for creating the “Let’s Light Up The City” initiative during her term. Some of her “little green Christmas trees” are still in use, marking each house nominated for a Big Award.

“We love how bright Mountain City can be,” Amy Hilton, LMC Coordinator, said this week.
Word came recently from Fire Chief Kyle Taylor, “We will get the station decorated by Thanksgiving for Light the City.” When the fire station came to town, Chief Taylor planned to earn Yard of the Month. Such award does not exist. But, Loving Mountain City certainly does give recognition for Christmas décor.

Loving Mountain City’s Décor Recognition gives applause to giving neighbors who “Light up the City” and fill their yard with holiday delights. Awards include: Grand, People’s Favorite, CHRISTmas, Color, Creativity, Elegance, Santa, Sparkle, Theme and Workshop (created in a workshop.)
There’s also Kid’s Favorite, which the children attending the Santa Party will determine on their hayride through the city on Dec. 13.

Because of the late Thanksgiving and late “first weekend in December”, our citizenry will not select (with an online ballot) the recognized décor before the Santa Party.

DécorScouts will be out Dec. 7 and 8. We vote Dec. 13 – 15.
First things first, “Let’s get City Hall Decorated.” If you can claim responsibility for a portion of the lights, please contact me. If you see anyone working and you have even a few minutes to spare, kindly stop and offer to help.

Monarch butterflies are stopping in Mountain City to fuel up and rest overnight on their two-month journey to winter in mountains in Mexico. At our house, they’re on Frostweed.

Native Plant Society of Texas says, “Pipevine Butterflies, Monarchs, and Great Purple Hairstreaks are a few of the many butterflies that love the bountiful nectar of Frostweed. It has been selected as a monitoring plant by Monarch Watch because of its importance as a nectar source.”

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