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Letters to the Editor: Thanks for hard work done on Hamburg’s very own trolley stop

Editor:

If you drove past the Legion/Clark roundabout often this summer, you will have watched the progress of something taking place that is quite unique, but which is becoming the norm for the village of Hamburg: the construction of the replica trolley stop.

Imagine:Hamburg is extremely proud of this contribution to the rebirth of the village.

The forward-looking, progressive leaders of our community have changed the way we look and the way others see us. Imagine:Hamburg extends its gratitude to the mayor and village board for allowing an idea, which germinated from that initial “sketch on a napkin” to be developed and built on village property.

Other communities now look to us for inspiration, as we once looked elsewhere ourselves. The trolley stop is just the latest evidence that we will leave our village a better place to live, work and play, for future generations.

It also needs to be said that this village project was built by you, the people of Hamburg. Businesses and individuals who donated time and money to see this dream come true are the ones who made it happen. It really did take a village! A plaque with the names of donors will be installed at the trolley site, this fall. A dedication and ribbon-cutting are scheduled for spring.

A few individuals need to be thanked, now. First and foremost, Chip Spittler. It is estimated that Chip spent over 1,000 hours building the post-and-beam structure by hand. He did this in honor of his late father, Donald J. “Duke” Spittler, who was well known to many in the area. The enormity of his effort will forever be remembered, as long as the trolley stop stands.

Kurt Allen, who acted as project manager, recruited and directed the services from various businesses involved in the construction. Kurt made the “trains run on time,” as they say. For this we owe him our gratitude. Thanks, Kurt, for your devotion to this project. It was an honor to have you onboard.

Dave Rust assisted Kurt in all aspects of this project. Dave was always on site, doing much of the physical work and making sure work by others was done correctly. He thought he was retired. He found out he wasn’t. Dave, our thanks just does not seem enough to let you know how important you were to this project.

A special thank you to Dave Derkacz from Gullos Garden Center, for his expertise and never-ending attention to detail. Dave has a special talent for making brickwork and landscaping look spectacular.

Imagine:Hamburg’s own Gerry Stockmeyer put in countless hours of his own time, to ensure the coordination of all the above people and the committee. Thank you, Ger, for being the point man on this project. We are lucky to have you as a member of Imagine:Hamburg.

If you enjoy an ice cream cone, a slice of pizza or relax under the eaves of the trolley stop with a cup of coffee, please keep in mind the volunteers who made this possible and the donors who made it happen. This was indeed a village project and one we can all enjoy and be proud of.

If we all treat it with the respect it deserves, it will serve us for generations to come.

Dale Neseman
Imagine:Hamburg chair
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