The Christmas Spirit is alive and well at Mid-Shore Recyclers

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Dorchester Banner/Susan M. Bautz The Mid-Shore “Christmas Tree.” Pictured from left, Deanna Schultz, Robert Schultz III, and Kimberly Quathammer with 5 month old Grace whose smiles just keep coming. Everyone smiles when they see the Magnet in all its glory.

HURLOCK — It’s a “junkyard Christmas” at Mid-Shore Recyclers where they bring the spirit of the season to folks on Shiloh Church-Hurlock Road. Anybody driving by the yard at night would do a double take at seeing an enormous crane and magnet flashing red, white and green. That’s not all – Santa sits on top of the cab and waves at passing vehicles as well.

Mid-Shore is the sister company of family-owned Schultz & Sons Salvage in Denton. Robert Schultz III manages the Shiloh yard and is a true fan of the Christmas season. Why does he decorate the junkyard? He says, “I just like doing it for the kids and seeing them smile when they come by and see it.” The family includes many grandchildren, nephews and nieces plus all the youngsters in the community. Robert decorated the magnet as “Something for them to see.” At first he thought of lighting up the airplane at the rear of the yard but readily seen from the road. “All the kids like seeing the airplane.

Kimberley Quathammer has worked at Mid-Shore for three years. “When the boss came in and said ‘decorate the airplane,’ I said ‘what???’” Robert got the plane for scrap but he certainly was not going to scrap it. He says, “I put it in there for everybody to look at.” And look at it they do! Kim says it “really does get a lot of attention. People stop out front and take pictures.” With a sly grin, Robert says he still might do the airplane. I was going to light it up but I couldn’t get it to where there was electric so we decided to do that (the crane and magnet) because it’s mobile.”

Asked if the lights interfere with the job of the vehicle, Robert chuckles, “We unplug it in the morning and use it during the day. Santa doesn’t mind because Santa likes loading scrap.”

Kim, whose husband also works at Mid-Shore, had the job of stringing the lights. The cab was lowered so it could be decorated on the ground. The crane was extended to lower it and the guys could string the lights from a forklift. Kim originally bought 4,000 red and white lights and when more were needed, she added green. She’s not exactly sure how many lights there are. Let’s just say that next year there will probably be more. Christmas is Robert’s “thing” and he does not do it in a small way.

Mid-Shore’s “tree” is a little different than the average Christmas tree and 10 times the fun.

Susan Bautz is a freelance writer for the Dorchester Banner.

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