Christmas is bright in Campbellsville

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An editorial by the CKNJ Editorial Board

'Tis the season - and nowhere is that more evident than right here in Campbellsville.

It's a treat to drive down Main Street or through Miller Park at night.

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for all the work?

According to Janet Mills at City Hall, she and fire department administrative assistant Connie Wooley coordinate the annual decorating project. City employees Bill Brewer, Roger Willis, Joe Kearney, Dixie "Shorty" Hamilton, Kenny Phillips and several street department employees do the work.

They get started during the first week in November, Mills says, and it takes them nearly three weeks to hang all the lights.

"But the work is never finished till they come down," she said.

At Miller Park, there are 86 businesses that participate in the light display. If any additional businesses would like to participate, Mills said they can call her at City Hall at 465-7011.

There is a donation box at the park that Mills says helps to pay the holiday electric bill.

"This year we need help with replacing the bulbs."

According to City Clerk Cary Noe, so far this year, $1,500 in donations has been received from local businesses and from the collection box at the park. That money will be used for the extra electricity and for replacement bulbs.

Last year's electric bill for the Christmas lights totaled $1,168 in December.

Over the years, many decorations have been collected, but Mills says she doesn't have an exact count.

"There are thousands and thousands, but we have no idea how many."

Thanks go to those who help with the lights each year - and those who have donated money - for helping to make Christmas brighter in Campbellsville.