Lansford Alive and WMGH program director/radio personality Kerry Dowd are sponsoring a "Little Miss Snowflake" contest in conjunction with "Christmas in Kennedy Park Tree Lighting" program.

Girls from third through fifth grades from Panther Valley School District and Our Lady of the Angels Academy, are encouraged to participate. The sponsors would like to have participants from each of the four communities that represent the Panther Valley (Coaldale, Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill).

Participants need to write an essay on "What Christmas Means to Me."

The essay must contain at least 50 words. Words such as: a, an, and, etc. do not count.

Name, grade, school, town, telephone number or email address must accompany the essay.

Dowd will pick one essay winner from each town.

Deadline for essays is Friday, Nov. 1.

Starting Friday, Nov. 15, the four winning essays will appear on Lansford Alive's website lansfordalive.org. The Panther Valley public can then cast their vote online for the best essay. Deadline for public voting will be Friday, Nov. 22.

"Little Miss Snowflake" will be announced at Lansford Alive's "Christmas in Kennedy Park" tree lighting program on Saturday, Nov. 30.