Photo by George Lauby
Windham stitches the seam
Photo by Martin Owen
The complete bomb
Photo by George Lauby
Purple a'plenty at Pro Printing
A week devoted to painting the town purple began Saturday, raising funds and awareness for the Relay for Life.
The Lincoln County Relay for Life, one of thousands of fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, will begin late Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, at Adams Middle School.
At Pro Printing ( B & Dewey), more than 100 purple pin-wheels were placed on the front lawn, along with a half-dozen boldly painted yard signs. More “Paint the Town Purple” signs were handed out at the Platte River Mall. On Sunday the Lincoln Highway Diner donated 10 percent of their sales receipts to the cause.
Several stores are giving 10 percent this week to the Relay.
Downtown at Prairie Hand Knits, store owner Vickie Windham got a jump on the effort with a “yarn bomb” on the light pole in front of her shop.
Yarn bombing, sometimes known as guerrilla knitting, has developed worldwide, with group having various agendas and projects. One of the first yarn bombs was recorded in the Netherland in 2004, according to wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.
Members of Windham’s knitting class pitched in and customers helped when they stopped in the shop. The result is a 12-foot tall purple sock circling the base of the street light, accented with dark purple ribbons, symbols of cancer awareness.
“We started with memories of Carrie Witte (who died in February and loved to knit),” Windham said. “We wanted to do something in her memory this year.”
Some of Windham’s customers “adopted” a skein of yarn, and then made items -- coasters, washcloths and pot holders -- that the team will sell during the Relay.
Windham’s team won’t walk, but plans to knit through the night, Aug. 4-5.
As of Sunday, 290 participants and 35 teams pledged $39,698 to the Lincoln County Relay for Life, according to the relay's website.
The top teams:
1. Camp Courage - $6,094 (affiliated with American Mortgage and Farmer’s State Bank)
2. Wal-Mart DC - $5,020
3. Painting Princesses - $3,961
1. Sandra Meyer - $3,276
2. Trudy Merritt - $710
3. Richard Jehorek - $685
Business donations during the week
• Monday, July 30, Heidi’s Restaurant donates 10% of evening sales from 5-8 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 31, Come & Get It BBQ donates 10% of sales from 4-8 p.m. and, Applebees donates 10% of sales from anyone who brings in a special certificate between 5-9 p.m. (Special certificates will be available at First National Bank).
• Wednesday, Aug. 1, Gracie Mae’s donates 10% of sales of anything purple.
• Thursday, Aug. 2, The Lakehouse donates 10% of sales from 6-9 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 3, the Pink Poodle donates 10% of purple ice cream and drinks from Noon-8 p.m.