Nightlights and downtown sights

Tis the season of storing away the holly and untrimming the tree.

We’ve done that at our place and many of you have probably done the same.

And I’m sure the city of Sunnyside will also put away the lights on the big tree in front of city hall and other holiday decorations around town.

Yet while driving through downtown Sunnyside with its new upgrades and lease on life – especially at night – I think I’d like to see the lights remain on those young trees planted along the sidewalks.

Other cities like Yakima and Grandview with downtown improvements have kept lights on their trees year-round and I think that could be appealing for our core area as well.

The other night we had dinner at a downtown Sunnyside restaurant and it was a neat feeling strolling through there with the festive lights and widened sidewalks.

Of course, we’d want to see how much those year-round lights would add to the city’s power bill, and make sure the string of bulbs don’t damage or inhibit growth of our new saplings.

After all, it’s not like our town is swimming in money.

But if things pencil out, gosh it would be great to keep the night lights and our downtown shining bright year-round.

Shine on, Sunnyside.



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