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Paris’ Eiffel Tower is up in lights. And they’re quite colorful.
“It’s good it’s getting dark because I’m an ugly crier,” Chamber President Mindy Moree said at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the lights Wednesday night, her voice choking. “This is my farewell baby.”
Moree’s last day at the Chamber of Commerce will be May 29. After that, she heads to Loveland, Colo., to take charge of the chamber there.
“This is our trademark,” said Carl Cecil, Love Civic Center chairman. “This lighting system we’re going to show you will enhance that for many years to come.”
The system includes 27, 30-watt LED lamps. Each lamp has three lights: red, green and blue. A computer control system inside the civic center controls those lights to create any color needed. The project cost $34,000. The tower will be lit using purple light Friday in honor of Relay for Life.
Moree got the idea for the light system after visiting Paris, France, and seeing lighting on the original Eiffel Tower.
The work was done by Hargis Electric, who put more time and equipment into it than originally planned “without blinking an eye,” said Jon Landers, chamber board president.
“Mindy went above and beyond to get this done,” he said.
Landers, Moree and Cecil participated in the ribbon cutting with Bobby Walters.
“We see this every day, and we take it for granted, but this is a special thing for Paris and Lamar County,” Landers said. “This will make it better.”