2012-11-22 / News

Friends of the Dark raises funds for new street lights in Sharon


Friends of the Dark representative Jane Kuehn presents Mayor Renee Brown a check for $1,300 to implement modernization of Sharon’s streetlight system. On hand for the presentation were Sharon City Council members (l-r) Tommy Fanning, Gus Mayo, Richard Wynn, Jerry Harris, and Daryl Adams. Friends of the Dark representative Jane Kuehn presents Mayor Renee Brown a check for $1,300 to implement modernization of Sharon’s streetlight system. On hand for the presentation were Sharon City Council members (l-r) Tommy Fanning, Gus Mayo, Richard Wynn, Jerry Harris, and Daryl Adams. In early July, the Sharon City Council unanimously agreed on a community-based lighting plan that would recognize the benefits of proper outdoor lighting and would maintain and complement the unique character and attributes of the area. Tourism, economic, and wildlife issues were balanced with the safety and welfare of the residents to produce appropriate community lighting.

A private citizen group, Friends of The Dark, was formed by business owners, concerned residents and members of Deerlick Astronomy Village to create awareness of the dark skies and to begin a grassroots effort to protect this precious natural resource. Installation of new, appropriate street lights in the City of Sharon awaited only the finances for the physical change-over of the existing streetlights.

Currently 26 street lights in the city will require replacement, so it was agreed that Friends of The Dark would raise the necessary funds to pay for the new lights and their installation.

The city’s lighting initiative will affect only the lights maintained by the City of Sharon, however, residents are encouraged to improve the lighting fixtures outside their homes on a voluntary basis. (Friends of The Dark will provide information packets for anyone that would like more information on home lighting improvements.)

In an example of a community coming together to protect one of its greatest and most beautiful natural resources, Friends of the Dark collected the necessary $1,300 for the improvements. Construction for the change-over will begin as soon as power workers finish their repairs from Hurricane Sandy storm damage.

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