by Jane M. Pascall
For the first time in as many years as children have trick-or-treated in Homer, one sensible resident saw the danger of a popular area and worked to make it safer.
Adele Person Groning knocked on “every door” on Skyline Drive and Baycrest Avenue to talk with residents about the idea of controlling traffic on Halloween by creating a one-way route.
Groning spent $300 of her own money on flyers and newspaper ads, but said the response was well worth the effort.
“It was so fantastic, there was such a sense of ease and safety,” she said.
Although Groning conceived of the idea, she gives a lot of credit to the 12 volunteers.
“It could not have happened without them,” she said.
One advantage to having cars driving only one direction is the improvement of visibility. It is certainly easier to see in both directions without the glare of headlights.
“One resident counted 520 kids at their door, and some spend as much as $300-$400 on candy,” she said.
Groning said she would like to see this change become an annual event.
“With a wider buy-in to follow through, I think it would be effortless the second time,” she said.
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