While a dedication ceremony has not been scheduled for a bridge improvement project here, lights in six vintage-style lampposts are burning brightly.

A little more than a year ago, students at Blacklick Valley High School raised close to $7,000 through a weeklong raffle ticket sale to pay for the posts.

The students were joined by members of Nanty Glo’s beautification committee and Anthony Gergely of Johnstown, a Nanty Glo native who recently organized a similar project on Johnstown’s Johns Street bridge.

Hard work paid off in the form of a Christmas present, according Michael McDermott, Blacklick Valley High School’s principal.

McDermott said the posts were installed the week before Christmas, and were covered for a short time with plastic bags until the power was connected just before the new year.

“They are operating,” McDermott said of the lights that span Blacklick Creek.

“It looks very nice, and it is a good addition to the town,” McDermott said.

Mary Dominick, a member of the beautification committee, said the new lights are similar to ones that had been on the bridge many years ago.

“We went without lights on the bridge for many years,” Dominick said.

“They look beautiful, and we’ve gotten many compliments already.”

The lights operate on a timer similar to those of the street lights.

Dominick said the committee is planning a dedication ceremony in the near future.

McDermott said a plaque is being made for the bridge, to honor the students and other contributors who aided in getting the project finished.

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