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Blaine Thomas made many contributions to community

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

Manhattan has recently endured the deaths of three prominent citizens. Two of those citizens (Charlie Hostetler and John Graham) were eulogized in the Mercury in deservedly glowing terms, detailing the rich history of their civic contributions.

The Sunday (Jan. 5) Mercury article which announced the death of Blaine Thomas, however, understated his vast and generous contributions to this community and its citizens, many of which occurred behind the scenes and under the radar but were still important enough to be known and appreciated by many of us.

One of Blaine Thomas’s many significant contributions was to convince the Manhattan City Commission in 1996 to preserve the art deco bridge piers. He designed the beautiful Manhattan Welcomes You sign which will be placed on the east bridge pier, a most appropriate and welcoming addition to our fair city and a fitting tribute to Blame Thomas’s legacy.

Many of us regret that Blaine will not be present for the unveiling of that sign, which should occur this year, when our fund raising goal is achieved. We’ve raised nearly $42,000 of the needed $50,000 goal; over 100 people have contributed to that amount. Donations can be made to the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, East Bridge Pier Project, 555 Poyntz Avenue, Suite 269, Manhattan 66502, or online at

Phil Anderson
1719 Fairchild Ave.

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