April 22, 2024

Group works to beautify Herman

Nancy Larson, and Denny and Faye Vipond at last Monday evening’s Community Christmas Tree lighting.

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When Denny and Faye Vipond retired from the restaurant business (Denny’s Cafe) in 2012, they decided to devote time to Herman beautification projects. These projects have included purchasing the large stone pots located throughout the main street in Herman. They decorate them with flowers in the spring, and water them all summer long with a special watering trailer (donated by a generous donor).  In the fall, the Viponds decorate these pots with pumpkins and gourds.  They have lots of help from the unofficial “Herman Beautification Committee” which includes Faye’s sister, Carol (who helps with the planting and caring for the flowers), and Nancy Larson (who takes care of ordering and purchasing supplies and decorations). In  the winter, the pots are decorated with greens, bows, lights, and lanterns.  

The group has also purchased the lighted Christmas decorations that go on the light poles.   

Another project has been to care for Pheasant Creek Park on the south side of town.  

This year they were able to purchase a new  14-foot Christmas tree that has a four foot star on the top.  The location of this tree is on Hwy 27 next to Delaware Insurance building.

The Herman-Norcross community has faithfully donated to the many fundraisers that Denny and Faye (with the help of friends and relatives… heavy on the relatives)  have had in the past  for beautification projects in Herman.   They have raised funds by having various meals in the Community Center in the wintertime, and at the Farmers Market at the Grant County Fairgrounds in the summertime.  These meals always feature Faye’s homemade rhubarb pie, along with other types of pie.  Because of the generous donations received at these events, the group has been able to make these purchases for Herman  beautification projects. 

As with everything this year, COVID-19 has put a damper on their fundraising efforts. They have not been able to have their meals this year.  But the group would like to thank the community for their support of these projects.  Herman would not be nearly as beautiful if not for all of the support they have received.

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