If you haven’t noticed, Main Street–and part of Corner Street–now has American flags hanging off of the light posts. This is thanks to the efforts of Dori Bilse and Susan Goethel1This is a family that loves to give..
Earlier this summer–around the time the city put flower planters on Main Street–American flags appeared on the lamp posts. While the City of Lodi helped with the actual placing of the flags, the idea, money, and logistics are thanks to two Lodians who took it upon themselves to add something to our downtown.
Dori Bilse explains the process:
Through our camping travels throughout northern Wisconsin we have seen so many small towns with flags up from Memorial Day to labor day. Two years later, my friend, Susan Goethel and I were up north and again saw these quaint little towns with flags down their Main Streets so we approached the chamber board and most of them were very receptive to the idea, and one member, Heidi LeHew, immediately offered to pay the first $1000 and actually ended up donating enough to purchase all additional flags, poles, and brackets. So as private citizens we just really wanted this to happen. Thankfully, the mayor loved the idea and was very supportive of the project. Terry [Weter] and Carl Deans with the city of Lodi were instrumental in figuring out the details. I ordered the poles, flags, and brackets and Carl was busing installing just a week later, just in time for the July fourth holiday.
Aside from the labor to put the holders on the light posts (something that must be handled through and by the city Dept. of Public Works), this has been paid entirely by donations from Lodi residents–including the donation of the first 10 flags (as well as cash) from state Assemblyman Jon Plumer.
Paul Fisk of the American Legion is assisting in setting up a donation account through the Legion where people can contribute for the maintenance (and possible expansion?) of the program.
Going forward, the flags will be on display from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.