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Wants to form coalition to run Festival of Lights

Published December 19. 2013 05:00PM

A Franklin Township woman offered a proposal to Franklin Township supervisors to form a coalition to continue the Franklin Festival of Lights.

Stacey Duerst, who is vice president of the Franklin Elementary PTO, said that many people have complained that the lights are not on again this year.

The Festival of Lights is a project of the Franklin Township Lions Club and according to Paul Kocher, vice chairman of the supervisors and a member of the Franklin Township Lions club, said that the project shut down this year due to a lack of volunteers.

Duerst said that she would like to form a coalition of groups who would be responsible for putting up the lights and running the event and then, according to their participation, would receive a portion of the profits.

"Who owns the park?" she questioned. "Who owns the lights?"

She said that she would like to quickly form the coalition and begin working on the project early next year.

Also speaking in favor of the project was her husband, Joe Craig.

Craig had been a member of the Lions Club and had worked on the project in the past.

"Lions are not allowed to own property," he noted. "Anything owned by the Lions belongs to the community."

Craig said that for the Festival of Lights to succeed it needs to happen every year.

"The lights are a big moneymaker," he said.

Duerst said that the project needs to be done right.

"It needs to change every year and it needs different organizations to build it," she said.

Supervisor Rod Green said, "The park belongs to the township."

Green said that he too was disappointed that the lights were not on again this year.

Green suggested that the Franklin Township Recreation Commission might be an avenue to host the lights or at least begin discussion.

"We will hold a meeting early next year," said Green, adding that the meeting would be advertised and open to the public.

Members of the Franklin Township Recreation Commission are Green, Brenda Neeb, township secretary; Tom Beltz, police chief; Art Berger, representing Franklin Township Lions Club and Rusty Ahner, representing Franklin Township Little League.

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