Archive for Saturday, November 9, 2013

40 years ago: Holiday lighting, shopping hours to be reduced

November 9, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 9, 1973:

  • Like many cities in the nation, Lawrence was opting this year for a lower-powered holiday season. Larry Sims, president of the Lawrence Jaycees, said today plans for the annual Christmas home lighting contest were being canceled to help conserve energy, and the executive committee of the Downtown Lawrence Association had decided to work on a city-wide policy of reduced shopping hours. Additionally, the city was planning to use low-wattage lighting for decorations and would curtail the hours during which the downtown Christmas lights were turned on. "After considering all available information, we have collectively decided to follow President Nixon's guidelines in every way," said DLA leader Paul Gray. "We are encouraging downtown merchants to turn back thermostats, cut down on lighting and take general measures to conserve energy." Many community leaders around the country, including Lawrence mayor Nancy Hambleton, had received telegrams from President Nixon this week urging local steps in conserving energy.
  • The traditional Thanksgiving meal in many homes was forecast to undergo some changes this year as turkey prices were expected to increase from 30 percent to 100 percent. Prices on the festive bird were expected to range from 60 cents to one dollar a pound on various cuts, compared with 33 to 80 cents a pound the previous year.


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