We continue to improve our Centennial Park on North Main Street. You’ve seen the large silhouettes representing the Old Spanish Trail which passed through our valley. Now, we have installed some disc golf baskets.
Five baskets have been strategically placed around the park. Upon each is the word “Veteran”. It’s a great reminder for parents to explain to youngsters the importance of our Veterans. Our beautiful flag waves overhead providing additional themes of patriotism.
You can use regular frisbees with this activity, but I encourage you to check out some custom discs from the city office. There’s no charge, and they are designed for short and long play to enhance your experience. Look up rules and ideas at www.discgolf.com . We’ll also have rules ready for you at the city office.
Last week in your city utility bill, we included information about a community event on the evening of Saturday, December 23rd. We invite you to converge on the City Park, 300 North Main, from four directions at the same time, singing Christmas Carols. I view this as a real tradition-building opportunity that will grow each year.
Eleven year-old Richfield resident Lucile Brown approached me with the idea for this event. It seemed like the perfect complement to our Community Christmas Tree which, several years ago, was adopted by the Douglas and Gwen Jensen family. They decorated it with Christmas lights for many years, and more recently, Doug Bentley has taken over this task. We thank these great residents, along with our Parks Director Karl Anderson, for making the park beautiful at Christmastime. I believe that these great residents were inspired to share these wonderful ideas with the city and we are all beneficiaries of that inspiration.
As we near Christmas, please remember the sacrifices made by so many so that we can worship as we choose. This basic Bill-of-Rights promise is not enjoyed by all, and it will only remain ours if we are vigilant in protecting that right.
Mayor David Ogden
You’ve all seen and heard the disclaimers that accompany advertisements for the latest and greatest prescription medications. These medications may cure what ails you, but they may also result in anything from a mild case of dandruff to the bubonic plague!
We’ve got some amazing things happening in our valley. In just the next few days, there’s Peter Breinholt, Christmas Tree Lane, the Snow College Holiday Music Spectacular, and the Christmas Lights Parade to name a few!
In case you attend any of the upcoming Christmas Programs and parties in the valley, I wanted to provide my own set of disclaimers. You might start feeling warm and fuzzy --- a little less like Ebenezer Scrooge and more like a campfire marshmallow. You might experience a case of light-headedness which makes you want to be nice to someone who has been mean to you or has despitefully used you.
You could even find yourself wanting to forgive the neighbor’s cat. NOTE: If that symptom lasts more than an hour you should go straight to the hospital and have your head examined.
The most likely thing you will experience is a love for the reason that we are remembering and celebrating. If these symptoms persist, then you will be blessed and you will be a blessing to everybody you meet and associate with this Christmas season and beyond. If this change of heart hurts a little bit; well, then accept the tincture with humility. Let your heart swell for that, friends, is what Christmas is all about.
Mayor David Ogden