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Letter: Lights on Washington brighten shopping

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From: Charles Austerman


Received: Dec. 7

As the Christmas season approaches, I really miss the strings of lights that were strung across Washington Street.

Our shopping would be going from the Big Dime (Murphy’s 5&10) with the toy department in the basement — toy tractors, plows, disc, etc.

Then to the little dime store (Fair Store) with its toy department upstairs — wind-up dozers or Army tanks with rubber tracks, toy drums, Davy Crockett hats and guns, cap guns from all the Western heroes.

We then would go to the Cummins bookstore for our boys’ favorite comic books.

For my wife — The White House or Diana shop for women’s clothing.

If jewelry was included — Casey’s Jewelry was my pick for modestly priced rings and bracelets, earrings or watches.

Then to Zaharakos for gom sandwiches, CV Coke or other drink.

Finally — to a movie.

I cannot get excited about shopping at the big-box stores with no brightly colored lights outside, nothing to show the reason for the season. Please bring back the lights downtown.

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