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Niagara beautification project presented at Golden K meeting

Members of the Home is Where The Heart Is committee of Niagara, Wis. — from left are Lynn Burke, Debbie Lindgren and Kathy Westrich — with Golden K chairman Gilbert Engel, also of Niagara.

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD — What does it take to beautify a city? The Home is Where The Heart Is committee plans to find out.

This Niagara, Wis. group is looking into sprucing up the main street. While the highway upgrades are being made, including new curbing and street lights, there will be additional special touches that make Niagara’s main street festive, decorative, enlightening and motivating. Plans include flowers, trees and other vegetation throughout the area.

Ideas being amassed come from Kathy Spade, Jeri Allen, Kathy Westrich, Debbie Lindgren and Lynn Burke, with help from Niagara’s City Clerk Audrey Fredrich. Flowers in pots to line the main street, and possible banners/decorations on the street lights will welcome visitors as they travel through Niagara. The public will be enticed to stop and stay awhile by the park benches that offer Menominee River bluff views. They maybe even consider lighting those bluffs again.

The committee will have fundraising opportunities such as purchasing specially designed shirts/sweatshirts, footies and cookies shaped like Wisconsin. There will be more opportunities for residents and anyone interested including children of all ages to participate in projects as they develop.

An ambitious undertaking for these ladies, but their excitement and drive is making Niagara residents jump on board, ready to bring their “put-a-new-face-on” in their community.

All plans, ideas and projects are in the beginning stage and will come to be as funding is available. A new facelift to many homes and changes for those unoccupied buildings also are planned. Challenges will be there and all building decisions will be done according to codes that may apply, respecting rules, regulations and seeking the resident’s/owner’s approval.

Everyone pitching in to do what they can and maybe helping their neighbor never poses a problem in the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin.

When a community has a need, other surrounding communities and businesses stand ready to help. That is what makes these small towns unique.

With the uncertainty of the coronovirus making its way to the area, the Golden K will not meet until further notice. Golden K policy to meet goes with the school closings. These bans may well go into May. It is a wait-and-see time for all.

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