Friday, November 25, 2016

Carrington Lights Up the Night at Christmas

The streets of Carrington are already starting to light up with Christmas decorations. 

Again this year, the Chamber of Commerce is having a lighting contest. All during the month of December they will be looking for homes with outstandingly beautiful, decorative, unique lighting. 


Cash prizes will be given to the winners of the contest at the end of the Christmas season. Judging from the past, there will be some pretty tough competition because Carrington residents love to light up the city!


Here are a few more examples from the past.... 

This picture is of Dolly Footitt, my 102-year-old friend, standing by the lit-up pole in her front yard. She actually still puts the lights on that pole herself! Amazing lady! Dolly and I will be driving around town taking pictures, so please wave if you see us! 

Thanks to all of you who make our evening "light tours" so delightful.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Harry Hayashi's Rainbow Gardens - Carrington, ND

Since moving to Carrington over 12 years ago, I've been fascinated with the story of the Rainbow Gardens and Harry Hayashi.

My friend, Dolly Footitt (who turned 102 in October), has wonderful memories of the Rainbow Gardens, the Hayashi family and that era. She talks about how sad it was when Mr. Hayashi was taken away to be interned in a camp during WWII. He and his family had created a wonderful place here in Carrington - the Rainbow Gardens - where popular bands from all over the country came to play. 

Would you believe that the following entertainers came to Carrington: Duke Ellington, Conway Twitty, Louie Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Tiny Hill, Wayne King, Blue Barron, Buddy Murrow, and many other popular bands of that era. It was an awesome entertainment center with a good restaurant, lodging and beautiful gardens.

When I recently posted a link to a Fargo Forum article about the Rainbow Gardens, Harry Hayashi's grandson John wrote me a very nice note and sent some of their family pictures of The Gardens.  I was so happy to receive John's message and the special photos which he sent.   

John said that his father George (Harry's son)  had passed away at the beginning of October at the age of 89... and that Carrington was always the topic of conversation in the last few months of his life.  John said that they "were able to find many family photos and even in the sadness of my dad's passing discover that Todd Goheen the funeral director was a Carrington kid who lived in the next Wisconsin town over."

"I guess Carrington never leaves you,"  John said.

If you lived in the Carrington area at that time, please share your memories of the Rainbow Gardens and that era with us.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Just Thinking about Veteran's Day...

Just thinking about Veteran's Day... coming up on Friday, November 11th.... 

Now that Donald Trump and Mike Pence have been elected as president and vice president of our country, I know that our veterans will be treated better than they have been during the Obama administration. 

One of the things that impressed me most while watching/listening to President-Elect Trump's speeches was that he always honored our veterans, our military, and our law enforcement. The cheers from his huge crowds showed that they appreciated Trump's feelings and his commitment to watching over their well-being if he were elected President. 

It may be a little slow and rocky at first, but I have faith that Donald Trump will do his best to follow through with his commitments. 

Hooray for our veterans, our military, our law enforcement... and the USA!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 Foster County Election Results

Congratulations and thanks to every person who took the time and energy to run for commissioner of Foster County. We really appreciate the fact that you were willing to serve our community in that capacity. The following candidates received the most votes and have been elected to be commissioners in the following districts.



DISTRICT 4 -- LINDA SCHUSTER received the most votes but had moved out of the district, so we're not sure what will transpire here. Perhaps the new commissioners will appoint someone.

Also, congratulations to the following people who won their offices. Thank you for your time, energy and service to Foster County
The AMBULANCE LEVY measure passed with the following count:
YES - 912
NO - 791
We look forward to working with and supporting so many people who are willing to do their best for Foster County. Thank you again for your service.
(For complete/detailed results click on the following link:…)