Annual Festival of Trees
celebrating 10 years
Once again this year, the Jr. Clio Club is sponsoring the Festival of Christmas Trees. This annual event has been held for the past 10 years. Clio Club started this club project the year the community center was built.
"The building was dark at Christmas time and we just decided that as a club project we could help to brighten up the place," said Susan Abel. Thus the incorporation of the lights that are now surrounding the roof line of the community center.
Next on the club list was the purchasing of banners to be placed along Commercial Street in Mankato, and then came the placement of the snowflakes that are now on all the light poles on Commercial Street. With those projects completed, on with the next project. Why not place snowflakes on all the light poles that mark the city limits of Mankato along Highway 36 from the east to the west?
"With the help of the Festival of Christmas Tree donations, the Jr. Clio Club has purchased six snowflakes, the City of Mankato has purchased six and enough grant money was received to purchase four more snowflakes," said Susan.
Rules for participation are simple. Those who wish to display a tree are asked to have them up by Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter. There is not a theme so the tree can be decorated with whatever is wished to be used. Each year, the Clio Club displays a decorated tree, but it is not included in the voting.
"I think the most we have had enter the event is 12, and that was in 2016," said Susan.
As always everyone and anyone is invited to participate and help the Jr. Clio Club raise funds to brighten the community during the Christmas season.
roofer banned from doing business in Kansas
A Jewell County man operating as a roofer has been banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to repay a Kansas consumer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.
Brock Shadduck was ordered to repay a total of $4,881.44 to a consumer for violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and the Kansas Roofing Registration Act. In addition, Shadduck was banned from operating as a roofing contractor in Kansas unless and until he obtains proper registration. District Judge Kim W. Cudney approved the default judgment last week in Jewell County District Court after Shadduck failed to respond to a lawsuit filed against him. Shadduck was also ordered to pay the attorney general's investigation costs and a civil penalty.
Schmidt accused Shadduck of operating as a roofing contractor without properly registering as required by the Kansas Roofing Registration Act. He was also accused of violating the Kansas Consumer Protection Act by making door-to-door sales to perform roofing services and failing to provide the consumer with notice of the three day right to cancel and cashing the consumer's check before the required five day waiting period.
More tips on staying safe from home repair scams are available on the attorney general's consumer protection website.