Susquehanna lights community Christmas tree

At Susquehanna’s recent tree lighting, in back, from left, are Mayor Michael Matis, Darlene Slocum, Joe Bucci, Peter Janicelli, Pastor Kevin Setzer with members of Susquehanna's Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts following the lighting of Susquehanna's Christmas tree at Memorial Park.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER, Corespondent

This year Susquehanna’s Christmas tree lighting served two purposes. It was the beginning of the borough’s Christmas holiday and an opportunity to honor local residents serving their country.

President of the Susquehanna Community Development Association President Darlene Slocum once again made the arrangements for the tree lighting and for entertaining all those who attended.

Slocum welcomed everyone for coming and introduced all those taking part in  the lighting ceremony. Pastor Kevin Setzer of the Body of Christ Church in Starrucca gave the invocation with

Mayor Michael Matis thanking everyone for coming and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas prior to lighting the tree.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts said their pledge and promise. Peter Janicelli of Ameican Legion Post 86 laid a wreath at the memorial marker while Commander Joe Bucci read the names of those from the area serving their country. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts placed an ornament on the tree for each one serving in the military.

All those attending were invited to the fire station for a concert of Christmas music by the elementary chorus under the direction of music teacher Michael Wolke.

Cookies provided by members of the Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW and punch were served and ornaments made by the residents of Turnpike Terrace were available for the young people attending.

This year’s tree lighting was the largest gathering in many years due to those invited to take part and minus a snow storm with high winds that greeted people attending in former years.