Where in South Kitsap? | Christmas special

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She had some help drilling the holes, but Louise Ness did the rest, poking a small bulb through each hole so the message “Praise Jesus” would be spelled out in red lights in front of the Nativity scene in her yard this Christmas season.

The figures in her Nativity scene are plywood cutouts she handpainted after buying the whole set for $10 at a yard sale a couple years ago.

The cutouts had fading, peeling paper designs on one side, “so I decided to turn ’em over and paint them,” the 84-year-old widow said this week.

Looking out the front window of the Warner Avenue home where she’s lived since the 1940s, she said she’s seen passing cars stop and back up to take a longer look at her display.

“I’ve had people stop in and thank me for it,” said Ness, who has a long history of community involvement.

She got the idea for her sign when she saw a church last year displaying a “Celebrate Jesus” message.

She decided to use “praise” instead in her lighted sign because “I didn’t want to do anything too long.”

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