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Broadalbin couple erects light display in memory of friend

October 27, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

BROADALBIN - Thompson Street was dark Friday night, save for one house. The home of George and Melissa Spencer was festooned with lights, depicting ghosts, bats and a laughing pumpkin face that shined brightly.

More than 6,000 LED?lights are used in the display, and music to match it can be heard on 88.7 FM.

The display was created in memory of family friend Don Edwards, a Northville man who died earlier this year. Don and his wife, Nancy, would hold light shows every night at Halloween, Christmas, and New Years, Melissa Spencer said.

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"I grew up around Don," George Spencer, Melissa's husband, said.

Edwards, who passed away from cancer in June, was an avid musician and played in many local bands, including BlackRiver.

George Spencer said he was close friends with Edwards, having played with him in BlackRiver. Edwards' appreciation and dedication to the light show helped encourage the Spencers to take over when Edwards became ill.

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George and Melissa Spencer’s home in Broadalbin, which includes a light display, is shown Friday.
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"[Edwards] really loved it, and it was something I kind of wanted to get into," George Spencer said.

Edwards sold the Spencers his props, lights and a computer program for roughly $600, a real bargain for the equipment, according to Melissa Spencer. She joked that she had yet to see the power bill for the display.

Kathie Rust, who was watching the display with family, was pleased.

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George and Melissa Spencer have a Halloween-themed light display at their home, 19 Thompson St., Broadalbin.

The display is scheduled to run today from 7 to 10 p.m., and Sunday to Halloween from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Music for the display can be heard on 88.7 FM.

"We've known Georgie for a long time. He comes from Wells originally, and only he could come up with something like this," Rust said.

"I was thrilled to be able to get into the lighting," George Spencer said.

George Spencer said he hopes to have lights set up for Christmas and New Years as well.

"Halloween is small-scale, for now," George Spencer said. He plans to expand the display next year.

The display has been run nightly and it will run through to Halloween. The Spencers encourage people to make donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Edwards.

For a preview of the display, the Spencers have uploaded a video on YouTube.



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