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Summit Hill kids greet Santa, receive gifts

More than 100 eager youngsters welcomed Santa Claus to Summit Hill on Sunday night. Santa’s visit was sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission, which handed out cookies, hot chocolate and special prizes.

Santa arrived in a firetruck of the Diligence Hose Company. His first duty was to hit the switch that lit the lights of a Christmas tree in the Ludlow Park gazebo.

He then talked to each child individually and, with assistance from Mayor Jeffrey Szczecina, gave all the boys and girls a small gift.

Kathy Gieniec, chairperson of the Recreation Commission, said she was pleased with the turnout.

There was a bonus for the children in attendance. Summit Hill Police officers Kodie Pituch and Jason Bell handed out bears that were collected in memory of a deceased schoolteacher. It wasn’t all children that Santa greeted. One woman brought her pet Chihuahua to visit Santa.

Santa assured the woman that “Daisy” wouldn’t be missed on Christmas Eve.

Santa visited Summit Hill on Sunday and as added feature, the borough police department handed out teddy bears to the visiting youngsters. Maria Wolcott, front left, and Julissa Gieniec hold their bears while in back are, from left, Kathy Gieniec, chairman of the Recreation Commission, which sponsored Santa's visit; Mayor Jeffrey Szczecina, and police officers Kodie Pituch and Jason Bell. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Five-year-old Adriel Colancecco of Summit Hill talks to Santa during his visit to the borough on Sunday. More than 100 youngsters greeted Santa. It was sponsored by the Summit Hill Recreation Commission. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS