Tree lighting launches season

Darlene Slocum, Rev. Leanne Campbell of the Susquehanna United Methodist Church and Mayor Bill Berry are shown on Friday evening, December 7, at the abbreviated tree lighting that was moved immediately to fire hall due to inclement weather. Perry had the honor of flipping the switch to light the tree.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

The rainy evening may have cut short the actual lighting of Susquehanna’s Christmas tree but the complete ceremony and the entertainment that followed was enjoyed by a large crowd as it was moved to the Susquehanna Fire Station.

Once everyone was settled in at the fire station, American Legion Post 86 presented the colors for the pledge to the flag, assisted by Boy Scouts from Troop 81 and Cub Scouts from Den 81. Rev. Leanne Campbell of the United Methodist Church asked that everyone visualize a beautiful Christmas tree as she gave the blessing that opened the evening’s ceremony and entertainment.

Michael Wowk, Susquehanna’s elementary music teacher and the elementary chorus provided the Christmas music for the singing of Christmas Carols.

The annual tree lighting was to honor the Susquehanna Fire Company and the bad weather did not deter the members from coming out in full force, complete with dress uniforms. According to Acting President Joe Schell, the large number of attendees were fire company members, Junior Firemen (under 18years old) and Cadets (under 16 years old) as well as the Auxiliary.

Darlene Slocum, who heads the Susquehanna Community Development Association, welcomed everyone and spoke of all the good things the fire company does for the community.

Following the introductions, each fireman and auxiliary member was given an ornament, a gift from SCDA, especially designed for the occasion.

Mayor Bill Perry thanked Slocum for her involvement with SCDA and their involvement in the community. “We wouldn’t be here this evening if it was not for this organization,” Perry said.  The Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women’s Club provided the cookies for the refreshments, with Ron and Carol Dubas of Schneider’s Market supplying the punch. Residents of Turnpike Terrace made gifts for all the young people.

The tree lighting is the first of two events for this weekend that is the start of Christmas season in the Tri-Boro area. Breakfast with Santa is the second event that took place on Saturday morning, December 8, in St. John’s Parish Hall.

Members of SCDA decorate the light poles on Main Street, organize contests for the various holidays and are responsible for Hometown Days in July.