Holiday decorations donated to Milan


By Joyce Ervin

 Community members, organizations and the city joined forces to continue decorating the streets of Milan for this year’s winter season.
  Mayor Michael Armitage gave the following rundown, saying, an additional 9,600 lights were purchased and strung in the trees on Main Street near Gay Street and along the Dexter corridor. Twelve wreaths on Wabash Street found on light poles were refurbished and lighted snowflakes were purchased for Dexter Street. The refurbishing of the wreaths consisted of stripping them to the frame and refitting them with new greens, pinecones and lights.
 The decorations were expensive, but Armitage said they were ordered last year right after Christmas resulting in a 25 per cent discount that saved lots of money.  And where did all that money come from?  Armitage said only $5,000 of the money needed came from city funds.  Credit goes to the Milan Area Chamber of Commerce that donated last year and this year for a total of more than $7,000.  Portions of this donation went for the refurbishing and lights.
 The snowflakes and hardware are compliments of the grass roots non-profit, Moving Milan Forward and resident Don Harkness.  Harkness refused to say how much he donated, but MMF gave $5,000 and the total was near $9,000.  Harkness said, “We all work together and do what we can.”
 Armitage took a trip to speak with the city’s representative at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth and got a big surprise.  Mr. Bronner, he said, designed decorations for downtown Milan in the 1950s
 The representative made a copy of a picture they had of the Milan decorations for Armitage.  Longtime residents may remember those decorations.
 Further, Armitage was told Milan was one of the original customers of the Christmas store. Armitage said, “We’ve been a customer ever since.”
 
Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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