A Winters Express opinion column
By Charley Wallace
With the 3rd of July out of the way, it is time to start thinking about root beer floats and family gatherings. It seemed pretty quiet in Winters during the fireworks display. There were a few illegal fireworks, but I didn’t see as many as in past years. With our added awareness of fire danger, no one should be sending anything that is on fire into the air.
Someone commented that maybe the City shouldn’t be setting off fireworks this year. I don’t think there have been many fires caused by city fireworks. If the wind is blowing just right, the only structure that is in danger of burning is the “new gym.” I can’t remember the exact date that it was built, but somewhere around 1968 or 1969.
The old gym was on Grant Avenue and was more of a bullring than a basketball court. It was sad to watch it being torn down, but the new Young Gymnasium was bigger and had better showers. I’m not sure that is true today. It looks even older now that most of the high school has been rebuilt.
With the City and the high school charging for parking on the 3rd, there were more cars than normal in our area. 30 years ago, when everyone in the neighborhood had children, Al would block off the entrance to our cul-de-sac so that we could all set off our safe-and-sane fireworks in the middle of the street. The place was packed with families, many a hundred people would set up chairs and enjoy the festivities. When I set out our two chairs this year, there was only one other family in the cul-de-sac, along with a half dozen cars that belonged to strangers.
We have a pretty good view of the fireworks, and I was wondering if the new homes could see them from their yards? Maybe seeing fireworks on the 3rd of July took them by surprise. Welcome to Winters.
If you volunteered to make the 3rd of July a success, thank you. If you enjoyed the fireworks and know a volunteer, tell them thanks for making Winters a special place to live and work.
I’m supposed to be announcing the winner of the annual Rainfall Contest this week, but I’m still looking for a few more prizes to hand out to the winners and it will give Taylor a week or so to find the prize money. Joe the Weatherman will confirm that we had 18.51 inches of rain for the year that ended on June 30, and then I’ll go through the entries and find the winner with the closest pick. The winner will receive a check for $100, $125 if they are a subscriber, which is usually the case. Second and third place will get an extra week of the Express and a bottle of wine.
Good luck, and have a good week.