PHOTO STORY: Volunteers make new decorations shine

Published 9:44 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

NILES — Volunteers helped the Niles Main Street program to buff and shine a new set of holiday ornaments on Wednesday.

The festive adornments were acquired by the Niles Main Street program. Lisa Croteau, the director of the downtown organization, said she heard that the city of Holland was looking to sell their Christmas decorations. A local foundation, which wishes to remain anonymous, donated $5,000 for the purchase.

The decorations include more than 80 swags — holiday boughs intertwined with ornaments and Christmas lights —which are intended to be hung from lampposts and about 50 holiday wreaths, comprised of stacks of ornaments and topped off with a giant silver ball. They will be placed throughout downtown Niles in late November.

Volunteers are needed to continue to prepare the ornaments for their downtown debut. Throughout this week, they are needed to continue to clean and shine ornaments. At 1 p.m. Nov. 18, at 219 N. Fourth St., volunteers are needed to put ornaments in downtown planters. Those interested in helping are asked to call Lisa Croteau, the director of the Niles Main Street program, at (269) 687-4332, or send her an email at (Leader photos/KELSEY HAMMON)