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Everson, Scottdale plan Christmas celebrations

It’s that time of year when Christmas parades and light-ups take place around the area.

This year, residents in Scottdale and Everson will have plenty of activities in which to participate.

Jim Wolak, with the Everson Civics Organization, said they are planning their annual Christmas parade and light-up beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

The parade will kick things off followed by caroling and refreshments in the fire hall before “Santa and Mrs. Claus” make an appearance to pass out treats to the children.

“We’ve done this for about the last 40 years,” Wolak said. “It’s a tradition.”

While the event used to be called “Light Up Night,” it’s now called “Starlight Night” since the term “Light Up Night” became trademarked by Pittsburgh.

“We came up with that term to coincide with the star-shaped lights that run across the street,” Wolak said.

Across the bridge, there are also several plans for Scottdale.

Mary Jo Hixon, chairman of the Christmas kickoff event with the Greater Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce, said that with the recent trademark by Pittsburgh, the chamber decided to recruit Southmoreland’s sixth-graders to help rename the event.

More than 130 entries were submitted, votes were cast and Caroline Bailey’s entry of “Winter Light Celebration” was chosen.

So, this year, the chamber will sponsor its first “Winter Light Celebration” at the gazebo in town on Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“It’s a night of entertainment, food, Santa hearing Christmas wishes and treats for the kiddies,” Hixon said.

Booths will include the Scottdale Chamber with hot drinks and a free turkey raffle; Scottdale BPW, which will serve chili; Scottdale Library’s Friends of the Library and Standard Bank will sell cookies for Make-A-Wish. The cookies will be baked by Kristin Gaffney of One Good Cookie.

Boy Scout Troop 155 will sell popcorn. The Southmoreland girls softball team boosters will hold a bake sale.

Suzzie Stuffins Bear Mill will be on hand and Southmoreland Middle School Kids for Wish kids club will offer photos with Santa, pet photos with Rudolph, hot dogs and baked goods to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Southmoreland High School Marching Band will be escorting Santa to the gazebo where he will listen to Christmas wishes and present a small gift to the children.

The memory tree will again be donated by Graft-Jaquillard funeral home, and the tree will be erected and lit by the Brilhart Hardware staff. Christmas ornaments will be available to place on the memory tree for $1 each.


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