By: Boden Meyer
Driving through Midvale after dark, you can’t help but notice the large Christmas tree, as well as other Christmas lights up. It brings a lot of much needed Christmas spirit to our small communities.
A Christmas tree lighting was held for the community on Saturday November 30. The event planned and coordinated by Susie Zenger, had approximately 50 people in attendance. Before the tree lighting began, Pastor Marc Uebelhardt gave a blessing over our small communities, and to welcome the Christmas season. After the tree lighting, community members congregated in the Midvale Mercantile, where Barbara Marvin provided free cookies for everyone.
Zenger would like to thank everyone for coming out in the cold to kick off the holiday season! They hope to continue this tradition for years to come!
Midvale 4-H club, the Middle Valley Stockmen, have worked for the last couple of weeks to get lights and decorations in place. This is the second year in a row they have completed this as their community service project. Last year, many strings of lights were donated, as well as some financial help. This year, many community members, and local businesses donated anything from strings of lights, to money, to physical help of putting lights or decorations up to improve the display.
BJ, and Jesse Whitener, have spent countless hours planning, coordinating, and adding lights to the display. Although this project is mainly a community service project for the 4-H club, many community members have spotted the Whiteners out at any time of the day, making sure the lights were getting put up correctly, and on time.
“None of this would be possible without the great help of BJ!” says Mayor Brian Graham.
The Whiteners also had to say that they love doing things like this, because you really get to see how cool the community is. In the small community, where everyone knows each other, it is not abnormal to have multiple people drop by throughout the day to help with different tasks. They wanted to make a special remark and thank you to Jason Lafollette, for helping numerous hours without being asked.
Whitener stated that they have a huge amount of sponsors, and she was actually having to turn down money in the last few days, because she doesn’t want to take money, and have it go unused.
Whitener would also like to acknowledge a few people that made this possible. Brian Graham, was very instrumental with power, and wiring the new outlets along the Weiser River Trail. Kenny Cantrell transported the tree donated by Seid Ranches. As well as Elsa Williams, their biggest supporter in more ways than just money, who is always eager to help with multiple tasks.
Another thank you to all sponsors who donated over $100: City of Midvale, B.A. Warren & Associates, Midvale Merc, Midvale Telephone, Midvale Sand & Gravel, Keller Associates, Phil Holmes & Sons LLC, Highway 95 Construction, Midvale Meats, Weiser River Trail, Barb Marvin, Midvale Fire Protection District, Midvale Volunteer Fire Department, and Seid Ranches.