Man sees caring for light as the bright thing to do

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Char­lie Bren­nan

boul­der» Christ­mas lasts just one day, but in Boul­der, the defin­ing sym­bol of the sea­son shines far and wide for the bet­ter part of two months.

For the man who makes it hap­pen, it’s a la­bor of love.

Craig Reynolds makes his home now in Fred­er­ick, but from there he can still see the Flagstaff star, which he main­tains on a vol­un­teer ba­sis through every Christ­mas sea­son.

“It’s be­come a part of me,” Reynolds said.

He’s the man who en­sures the star is ready to be lit each year on Veter­ans Day and mon­i­tors it for any needed re­pairs or main­te­nance through the first week­end of Jan­uary, af­ter which it’s turned off un­til the next hol­i­day sea­son.

He has been do­ing it every year since 1989.

“I can see it from my bed­room win­dow,” said Reynolds. “You can see it com­ing down I-25 from Mead, if you know where to look. It’s amaz­ing. It re­ally sticks up there.”

Reynolds used to live just south of Long­mont and, be­fore that, Boul­der. He said he has “mi­grated” east­ward bit by bit, away from “the hus­tle and bus­tle,” over the years.

He could see the Flagstaff star from his pre­vi­ous home north of Gaynor Lake near Long­mont, and jokes, “I had to make sure I could see it from my house in Fred­er­ick,” be­fore mov­ing there. “I am, af­ter all, ‘the Star Man.’ ”

That’s how he’s known to John Tayer, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Boul­der Cham­ber, which spon­sors the star, a Boul­der hol­i­day tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1947 — along with City­wide Banks.

The cham­ber has been cen­tral to the star’s peren­nial re­turn, since it suf­fered a pe­riod of dis­re­pair in the 1980s. But Tayer gives credit to Reynolds.

“He is the em­bod­i­ment of that spirit of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that the Boul­der star sym­bol­izes,” Tayer said of Reynolds.

It was in 2013 that the star was first lit start­ing on Veter­ans Day, as a spe­cial trib­ute to Amer­ica’s armed ser­vices. The cham­ber termed it a “mile­stone year” for the dis­play. That’s also the year that Reynolds, owner of Lord & Reynolds Elec­tri­cal Ser­vices, re­placed the ex­ist­ing 40-watt stan­dard light bulbs that il­lu­mi­nate the star with 6-watt Cree LED bulbs, which are 85 per­cent more ef­fi­cient and could last up to 40 years.

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