New decorations that will dress up the Palmerton Borough Park in time for Christmas have been ordered.
Joe Federanich, chairman of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, said that 29 silhouette snowflake lights, as well as colored string lights, have been purchased.
The lights will appear around the park along Third Street, Fourth Street, and Lafayette Avenue, said Federanich, who noted "the fundraising is going well."
Last month, the committee sent out a donation form to households, businesses, and organizations within the Palmerton area to solicit community support to help underwrite the cost to purchase new decorations for the borough park in time for Christmas.
Federanich said mailings were made to Aquashicola, Bowmanstown, Kunkletown, Lehighton, and Palmerton area homes all within the Palmerton Area School District.
About 1,800 people were expected to get their solicitation as part of their quarterly sewage and water bill from the borough, at which time the committee will make additional donation forms available at the three banks in town, the Palmerton Area Library, and the Palmerton Memorial Pool.
He said those who would like to contribute may mail their donations to Holiday Lighting Committee, 410 Delaware Ave. Palmerton, Pa. 18071. Those who send in a donation will receive a thank-you letter, Federanich said.
The lights around the park along Delaware Avenue are expected to be ready by Christmas of 2014.
The committee will host a December in the Park event on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 5 p.m.
At a Palmerton Chamber luncheon in March, Federanich said the borough would like to have new Christmas decorations throughout its downtown by 2014. The town committee was formed to pick the decorations, and help raise money to afford them.
Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce president Peter Kern previously noted that the original decorations were put up in the 1990s, and refurbished about 10 years ago.
The next meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.