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Palmerton committee hoping local residents will adopt a tree

Published October 05. 2013 09:00AM

There is no set price for those who wish to 'adopt' a tree to decorate as part of a Christmas in the Park program in Palmerton.

Christmas in the Park Committee Chairwoman Michele O' Neill informed fellow members at a meeting Wednesday at borough hall that interest in 'adopting' a tree to decorate continues.

"We are just asking that a donation be made for the adoption of a tree," O'Neill said. "This donation will go toward the new holiday lights in Palmerton."

Local churches, schools, and organizations are interested in being vendors for the Christmas in the Park event, said O'Neill, who added there will be lots of goodies being sold, from soups and chowders to sweet treats.

Anyone who would like to 'adopt' a tree, or be a vendor, may contact O'Neill at (610)-737-4503.

The plan is to have decorated trees from various members of the community in time for the program, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.

O'Neill said the event will serve as the kick off to the holiday season, with the lighting of the new park lights and the Christmas trees. The group also plans to reach out to various groups in the community to provide Christmas music. Santa will be there for the kids, and vendors will sell baked goods.

The trees will line the walkways of the park, and be lit and decorated by the sponsor in time for the event, O'Neill said. Each tree will be unique, and will have the sponsor noted on the plaque by their tree, said O'Neill, who added the trees will remain up through the holiday season for all to come and enjoy.

The committee said Sunday, Dec. 1, is the date to set up and decorate the trees, while Friday, Dec. 6, is the last day to decorate them.

Afterward, a meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee followed.

Joe Federanich, chairman, noted the committee is still looking for the oldest person who was born, lived in, or still lives in Palmerton.

Whomever that individual is will be asked to flip the switch and turn on the new lights, said Federanich, who added that they are asked to drop off a note for the committee to put on file.

The committee plans to decorate the park with new lights in time for Christmas.

In July, the committee ordered 29 silhouette snowflake lights, as well as colored string lights, that will appear around the park along Third Street, Fourth Street, and Lafayette Avenue in time for Christmas.

That came after the committee in June 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.

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.

Anyone 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.

The lights around the park along Delaware Avenue are expected to be ready by Christmas of 2014.

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 Christmas in the Park committee will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the borough hall. A meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will then follow at 7 p.m.

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