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November 30, 2012

'Home for Christmas'

Tree lighting, parade usher in holiday on Saturday

Somerset —  

Usually Christmas colors are red and green. In Pulaski County this year, however, they’ll be red, white and blue.
That’s in keeping with this year’s military-inspired theme, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (A Tribute to the Troops),” remembering those loved ones who may be overseas or in harm’s way, unable to spend the holidays back home — or, if fortunate, arriving back on American soil long enough to enjoy those happy times.
This Saturday, both favorite annual events — the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, and the ceremonial lighting of the downtown Christmas tree (as made possible by the county government and Downtown Somerset Development Corpor-ation) — will be held together, bringing together the community as one.
“I’ve been here for 20 years,” said Lynda Evans, assistant to the executive director of the Downtown Somerset Development Corporation (DSDC), “and I’ve heard so many people say that (the event) brings out such a sense of camaraderie and coming together.”
This year’s tree stands over 18 feet tall — and, thanks to the renovation of the Fountain Square, at the judicial center plaza for the first time. The new home also brings a new look for the tree, which is adorned with approximately 800 brilliantly-shining lights and colored streamers running down the length in theme-appropriate red, white and blue hues.
“It’s a really pretty tree,” said Tiffany Bourne, Community Development Director for Pulaski County government. “We did something different with the streamers this year. Some of us girls came up with the idea. It’s something a lot of people are doing these days.
“Rita Curry (deputy judge-executive) came up with it,” Bourne added, joking, “I think she saw it on Pinterest.”
The tree lighting, with the switch flipped by Pulaski Judge-Executive Barty Bullock and Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler, will likely take place at approximately 7:30 p.m., following the parade.

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