Dear Johnnie: Why do so many Longmont neighborhoods have old man-high light posts all along the sidewalk? Was there some construction period when they were popular? Are there any neighborhoods where they are still actively used?
Who pays for the electricity and maintenance? — Curious John
Dear Curious John:Those lights are called pedestal lights. The city has so many — about 9,000 of them — because in the 1960s, the city transitioned from powering porch
lights to installing these lights along streets. Their installation continued into the early 1990s.
“They contain the customer service connection point and the electric meter,” Deborah Cameron wrote to Johnnie. Cameron is the customer services and marketing manager for Longmont Power & Communications. “Pedestal installations provided a front-lot underground alternative, and effectively replaced the overhead back-lot service entrances that were installed throughout older portions of Longmont.”
The pedestal lights are owned, maintained and operated by the city, Cameron said.
Hello, Johnnie St. Vrain: I have lived here for more than 50 years. At one time I used to go to Safeway at 17th and Hover and create my own salad from a salad bar they once had. No more.
I want to know where a person can find a good salad bar in Longmont to create their own salad? I know of no such place. Can you help? — Salad Bar Hunt
Hello, Salad Bar Hunt: In answering your question, I risk leaving out a restaurant or store that offers a salad bar. So, if someone out there operates a salad bar that isn’t mentioned in this column, please forgive me.
I don’t know how long ago Safeway had a salad bar, but it was before the time of the person I spoke with over at the Safeway. Regardless, he confirmed that Safeway does not have what would be a considered a “salad bar.” Potato salad. Yes. Olives. Yes. But not leafy greens and croutons, with kidney beans, red onions, baby corncobs and fake-bacon bits.
At least, I think that’s the kind of salad bar you’re talking about.
I asked Johnnie’s Facebook fans what they thought, and several replied: Mad Greens, over on Clover Basin Drive. Another bemoaned the loss of Souper Salad.
S.B., I don’t know what exactly you’re looking for, but you can find salad bars in restaurants that serve other foods, such as pizza places and all-you-can-eat buffets. And, if you’re up for other types of salad, grocery stores still have a wide variety.
Or you could buy a head of green leafy lettuce and all the fixings yourself, then invite a friend over.