Archive

ShareThis Page
Connellsville-area kids encouraged to decorate city’s Christmas tree with handmade ornaments | TribLIVE.com
News

Connellsville-area kids encouraged to decorate city’s Christmas tree with handmade ornaments

Tribune-Review
| Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:21 a.m.
dccitybuildingtree112214
Celeste Van Kirk | Trib Total Media
The Christmas tree which currently stands in front of Connellsville City Hall will be decorated by local youth. The city is inviting youth to come to City Plaza at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to help decorate the tree, which was donated this year by John and Rhonda Brooks.

It’s Christmas in Connellsville.

Today, Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce today is hosting its Christmas in the Park at Yough Park, beginning at noon. At 6 p.m., New Haven Hose Company will sponsor the annual Christmas parade.

And, the city’s Christmas tree has arrived. The tree was donated by local residents John and Rhonda Brooks.

The city invites local children at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to decorate the tree at City Plaza. Put up earlier this week, the tree sits in front of City Hall.

“We are asking all the children to make handmade ornaments to bring with them,” said Shelley Primus, administrative secretary for the city of Connellsville. “They will make the ornaments at home and bring it with them here to put on the tree.”

Primus encourages residents to make extra ornaments, in case a child shows up without one. All ornaments should not be breakable.

About 60 children visited City Hall to decorate the tree last year, Primus said.

“They were happy,” she said. “One child couldn’t make it with his class here, so his mother brought him later to place an ornament on the tree. He was thrilled.”

Primus said the children will enjoy decorating their hometown tree and meeting Mayor Greg Lincoln and having their picture taken.

“It’s a huge opportunity for a child to remember,” Primus said.

“I’m really excited to have kids come down to City Hall and decorate the city’s Christmas tree,” Lincoln said, thanking Primus for taking the idea, running with it and getting the word out.

“We already have so many people offering donations and help,” the mayor said.

Primus said she expects Santa Claus at the tree-decorating and hopes people will donate candy or snacks or even small toys and candy canes for the children.

“I’d like to ask residents, groups or businesses to stop by to watch, lend a hand or donate an item,” Primus said.

Primus said she hopes the attendance will create a community holiday event.

“I would think this would not last more than an hour, but let’s make this hour one our children will remember,” she said.

Those wanting to dress up as a Christmas character or provide Christmas music, call Primus at 724-628-2020 ext. 201.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.