Strengelbach fun + bridgework

Pictures here and below are from a few days ago when I was out on my scouting trip to Strengelbach.

This bridge isn't going anywhere. Watching the stream reconstruction project to avoid damage again from high water, I was impressed with the solidity of this bridge.

This bridge isn’t going anywhere. Watching the stream reconstruction project to avoid damage again from high water, I was impressed with the solidity of this bridge.

Wow. Snowing again. It is pretty warm outside – about 40 F. – which explains why it is sticking on the bare-branched trees and leafless hedges outside.

There’s another concert in a neighboring village  – Strengelbach. I walked up there just to scout out the location and find the Reformed Church, which in this area means it is supported by ‘voluntary taxes.’

That’s a concept I can barely wrap my mind around.

It was a surprise to find the church door unlocked. There was a nice young guy doing something useful inside. He showed me the place where the concert was going to be, the sanctuary, just as in Zofingen a few nights ago. It is huge and bare. Nothing on the walls, simple chairs, a lectern.

As I left, I remarked that the church looked new. “Oh, no,” he protested. “It’s been here a long time – about 10 years.”

I laughed. “Well, compared to Zofingen’s City Church – 1637…”

He laughed, too, then said something curious. “Strengelbach didn’t used to have a church. We attended in neighboring villages. Then, the Zofingen Church District built a church for us here.”

That was a surprise. Turns out that the ZCD covers quite a bit more territory than the Zofingen city limits. The young man waved his arm to indicate the large size of the district.

I couldn’t resist. “You’d think Zofingen leaders would want to “fuse” (merge) with Strengelbach,  which is so close I can walk here in just a few minutes, rather than Uerkheim which lies over a hill and in another valley from there.”

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He nodded in agreement, but noted one argument against merging was that the freeway ran between the two towns, thus dividing it. I shrugged skeptically and again, he seemed to agree.

Picutre above: Biker Madness! It’s always fun to find the witty metal sculptures scattered around in Swiss yards.

That’s about all for today.

The Devil is consorting with his pals - this is the same yard where the biker is.

The Devil is consorting with his pals – this is the same yard where the biker is.

Strengelbach bakery had these scrumptious apple fritters on the menu!

Strengelbach bakery had these scrumptious apple fritters on the menu!

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