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November 28, 2008

Science Hill to hold community tree lighting tonight

Science Hill residents don’t have to go to Somerset to get a glimpse of a city tree lighting this year.

The small community has pulled together its own tree lighting — complete with carols, refreshments and even a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Sandy Dick, an organizer with the event, said this is the first year the community will hold a tree lighting, which is slated for later today.

“It kind of snowballed,” Dick said about the quick action of community members and leaders alike to bring the event to life.

Dick said Caroline Phelps, wife of Science Hill City Commissioner David Phelps, and Paulette Wesley, wife of Science Hill City Commissioner T.W. Wesley, both came up with the possibility of holding a tree lighting.

“It just kind of went from there,” Dick said. “They’ve really done all the work.”

Dick said a tree was first donated to the community, and from there other items such as dec-orations and lights soon followed.

“We’ve been very blessed,” Dick said. “It’s going to be cool.”

Literally and figuratively. Dick said the ceremony — which will feature carols and refreshments like hot chocolate provided by the Garden Club — will be short to make sure those in attendance don’t get too cold in the late November air.

But perhaps some of the youngest members of the community won’t be too worried about the cold. Dick said Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of the night and make his entrance on a Science Hill fire truck.

And he won’t let the kids go home empty-handed. Dick said Santa should have plenty of small presents handy for those children in attendance.

Dick said community members have already expressed interest in the tree lighting, and she encouraged everyone to come out for the event.

“Everybody is talking about it,” she said.

And community leaders are hoping to hold the event every year after this.

The City of Science Hill Tree Lighting is scheduled for today at 6 p.m. across from the Methodist church in downtown. Anyone interested in volunteering with the event until Christmas can contact Science Hill City Hall at 423-4109.

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