by Julia Luellen
We hope that you have noticed the changes to the Haywood Knolls front entrance. Because we had heard so many comments from new and old residents (not referring to age here) that the sign there was not putting the best face forward for our community and was partially hidden by overgrown bushes, we started researching the design and colors of community entrances that were fresh, attractive, achievable, and tasteful. Gold lettering on taupe background won out by far. By the way, “we” at that time refers to me (Julia Luellen), Carole Sagun, and Peggy Guy. Peggy went to Sherwin Williams , bought letters and some paint, and made a mock-up. Then she left town for Michigan to help her father. Undaunted, Carole and I noticed there were several rain free days after Tuesday before temps in the 90’s, so Carole purchased light taupe paint, as well as two shades darker taupe paint for the fence and lights, primer, gold letter paint and other supplies. Bob Gerold had caulked the cracks and pits in the very old letters the previous day. Long story shorter: the three of us, Harry, Carole and I, taped, primed, painted, all day Wednesday and most of Thursday. Barbara Jones swung by to help get the bushes blocking signs. Two beautiful, comfortable days made the job easier. The aged and blackened panes in the four lights now are the only eyesores, but we hope to get to that.
After purchasing the material needed to replace the panes in the four large lights at the entrance, Ted Sanko came to the rescue! Among the many tools in his workshop was the very tool needed to cut the panes without breaking or splitting the material. I held it steady while Ted cut 16 of them. The last phase of the job will be getting out over twenty years of bugs and the old panes tomorrow and putting in new matching bulbs (guaranteed for 11 years) and the new panes. A few months later, the electrical wiring and lighting were updated to current code standards and new seasonal decorations for the monuments were purchased.
The point of including the names of many people is to emphasize that the end result of an attractive entrance came about because people were willing to give of their time and efforts to accomplish what needed to be done for the common good. So, as you drive by the entrance and the park, please remember that many people have contributed to the common good. Please volunteer to do the same!