Klamath Falls, Ore. – A Klamath Falls man who launched his own business more than 3 decades ago is still cleaning up in the downtown area.
Doug Sunday does windows.
“I’ve been doing it for 36 years.” Notes Sunday. “Got started after a logging accident. Figured this was safer.”
Sunday created his own business. And as a result, he’s been helping to beautify downtown, and promote other businesses. “I’ve been beautifying the town for a long time – I think I help at making the windows shine and everything.”
Sunday says he recently hit a milestone in terms of number of windows washed. “I hit a magic number of 900,000. 36 years – that’s impressive to me.”
A clean window is Sunday’s best advertising.
“I hand out a lot of business cards on the street.” Sunday says. “A lot of people see my work, then they’re after me.”
He charges about $3 a window, inside and out.
Sunday says his customers are loyal. “Once I pick up a business, they’re not losing it. I’ve had businesses here on Main Street for 28 years now.”
The window-washer estimates it will take about 3 years to hit the next major milestone.
“I would like to hit a million windows.” Reflected Sunday. “I’d like to do that – that would be okay.”
Sunday’s mobile ‘office’ is composed of squeegees, scrubbers, and drying rags.
But he won’t reveal his ‘secret formula’ which provides the desired streak-free finish.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.