Christmas season begins a day late in Susuqehanna

Rebecca Haley, daughter of Chad and Chrissie Haley, Susquehanna, brought Santa a thank-you letter and a gift during the SCDA Breakfast with Santa held in St. John’s Parish Center on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Rebecca Haley, daughter of Chad and Chrissie Haley, Susquehanna, brought Santa a thank-you letter and a gift during the SCDA Breakfast with Santa held in St. John’s Parish Center on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Susquehanna’s Christmas Tree Lighting program scheduled for Friday evening, Dec. 6, was canceled when a severe weather alert was issued early in the day, canceling school for the afternoon and all evening activities.

This was a disappointment to many, including Geena Miller, a 6th grade student at Susquehanna Community Elementary School.

Geena, daughter of Chris and Joni Miller, had provided the decorated pine cones for the tree and was looking forward to the tree lighting program.

The second part of the borough’s start for the holidays went off as scheduled. Breakfast with Santa, held Saturday morning in St. John’s Parish Center, sponsored by the Susquehanna Community Development Association was an overwhelming success.

Even though Susquehanna’s Christmas tree lighting program was canceled for weather, this year’s tree was trimmed with decorated pine cones provided by sixth grader, Geena Miller.

Even though Susquehanna’s Christmas tree lighting program was canceled for weather, this year’s tree was trimmed with decorated pine cones provided by sixth grader, Geena Miller.

Each child received a photo with Santa and a gift along with an opportunity to have breakfast out with their family.

Over 250 breakfasts cooked by St. John’s Men’s Club and served by SCDA members and friends was made possible with generous donations by Schneider’s Market, Barnes Kasson Hospital, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 86, Lanesboro Senior Center and the Nellie Jane DeWitt Business and Professional Women’s Club.

This year an added feature was an electric train display set up by John and Shirley Schell.

The replica of a 1920 freight train was a familiar sight to many.

Colin Herschel, son of Judith and Eric Herschel, Susquehanna, enjoyed the electric train that was a new feature for Susquehanna’s Breakfast with Santa. John Schell, who is responsible for the display, is shown far right.

Colin Herschel, son of Judith and Eric Herschel, Susquehanna, enjoyed the electric train that was a new feature for Susquehanna’s Breakfast with Santa. John Schell, who is responsible for the display, is shown far right.

Susquehanna, being a railroad town, most every home in years past had an electric train brought out at Christmas or in some cases was a permanent display.