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Walters discusses display at Kiwanis

Kiwanis member Krysten Perkins introduced Marty Walters at the Oct. 31 Kiwanis meeting. Walters is a Jamestown resident who has a growing Halloween display that attracts up to 1,000 people a night to his home in southeast Jamestown. He and his fa...

Kiwanis member Krysten Perkins introduced Marty Walters at the Oct. 31 Kiwanis meeting. Walters is a Jamestown resident who has a growing Halloween display that attracts up to 1,000 people a night to his home in southeast Jamestown. He and his family started the tradition eight years ago, and it's grown into what's now called Shadow Valley Cemetery.

"Art has always been a love of mine," Walters said. "Halloween was an outlet for that."

He makes much of the decorations himself, including a large headstone and rat he had on display at the meeting. Walters said he begins preparations in the summer and then it takes about three weeks to put it all together. They've even built a shop for him to work in and store the items as the hobby has grown since 2008 when they first began.

The last several years they've turned it into a food drive, encouraging spectators to bring food for the local pantry. Last year they had approximately 300 pounds donated. Walters looks at it as a chance to give back to the community and have a lot of fun while doing it.

President Amanda Thrift led the Oct. 31 regular meeting attended by 24 members and nine guests including three interclub, two spouses and four Key Club members. Key Club is a Kiwanis service club at the high school. Mara LeFevre is president and attended the meeting along with Alex Leiferman, Hannah Jorgenson and Megan Larson. Don Caine led group singing accompanied by Sharon Caine. Searle Swedlund collected "Happy Dollars" for Kids Against Hunger.

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Jason Gruebele will introduce the speaker from the vocational rehabilitation center at the Monday, Nov. 14, Kiwanis meeting at the Quality Inn & Suites.

For more information on Kiwanis, visit www.Facebook.com/JamestownKiwanis , email JamestownKiwanis@gmail.com , or call Jason Gruebele at 253-5159.

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