Time To Check The Star

Friday, November 17, 2017

It was 39 cool degrees this morning with a high in the low 60s. Another pretty day. We worked on FRED cutting new carpet covers for the entrance steps and the drivers section. We know the light berber carpet will show dirt but we had it and now that we have cut this we have a pattern for when we want to replace with a darker carpet and have it bound. This will do for now and didn’t cost us anything. We like that.

Next on the agenda was a reconnaissance hike out to the star. For those that don’t know, there is a huge 80’ high lighted star on a bluff on the side of our mountain – Pine Mountain. It has been there for over 50 years and began as a project of Max’s Mom and Dad’s Sunday school class. It was the idea of Max’s Aunt Sybil after reading an article in Southern Living about a similar star in another state. We have been working on maintaining and lighting the star with various other people for over 30 years now. We called the power company and had the power turned back on and today hiked out to see how it had fared since last January when we cut it off. Unfortunately, the contractor who clears the right-of-way on the high power lines came through and felled trees and brush onto the star, again. Now we know we need to take a lot of tools and supplies with us when we return tomorrow to try to get the star lit. We always try to be ready to turn it on the weekend after Thanksgiving and it remains lit until after the first of the year. We are told that the airlines flying into Birmingham sometimes point out the star to their passengers. We have decided that we really need to find some younger folks to take over this project. Not sure it’s as good a fit for us at 65 as it was at 30. Any volunteers? Hope everyone has a great weekend.


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