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01-03-04: ’Tis the season for storing decorations

Fort Recovery staff gets workout by removing wreaths


FORT RECOVERY — Paul Rohrer doesn’t need to worry about shedding those extra holiday pounds. He spent most of Friday climbing a ladder taking down the village Christmas wreaths, which have brightened up Wayne Street and Van Trees Park for several weeks.
“There are about two dozen lighted wreaths, and I’d guess they weigh up to 35 pounds each,” Rohrer, a village employee, told The Daily Standard at the village garage.
Friday’s warm weather was a real boon for Rohrer and Street Supervisor Jerry Guggenbiller. Cold, wind and/or snow can make this holiday take-down quite an ordeal.
“With good weather, and if we can both work at it, they can be down and stored in a day and a half. But, that’s also assuming nothing else needs our attention,” Guggenbiller said.
This year Rohrer climbed up, unhinged the decorations, laid them in the truck and brought them back to the garage where Guggenbiller checked each one.
Positioning each wreath in the workbench vice, he plugged in the wreath and tested each light.
“I’ll replace most of the smaller bulbs that don’t work and all the big candle-type bulbs. Sometimes the problem is the socket and, again, it’s the big candle that will get replaced,” he said, adding the smaller sockets won’t be immediately replaced until there are several not working.
Once Guggenbiller finishes, the wreaths are trucked back to the storage warehouse where they are each affixed to the wall.
“Then next November we’ll begin the whole thing again,” Guggenbiller said.
These aren’t the only Christmas streetlight decorations being stored. In another area are the red and white lanterns that adorned the village before the merchants’ association purchased new decorations five years ago.
“We haven’t used those since we got the new ones. They probably need some cleaning up and possibly rewiring. But they are for sale,” Rohrer said, adding it might make a good project for a Boy Scout troop.


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