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Tree lighting ushers in the holidays in Sanbornton

The Christmas tree beside the town offices in Sanbornton sparkles in the night after an official tree lighting ceremony and holiday celebration last Sunday evening. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
December 07, 2011
SANBORNTON — After a quaint yet traditional Christmas celebration inside the Life Safety Building in Sanbornton last weekend, residents gathered together by the pond beside the Town Office to light the Christmas tree and sing familiar old holiday songs.

Sponsored by the Town Recreation Department, coordinator Julie Lonergan said a nice crowd was on hand to welcome in the Christmas season.

"There was a very nice blend of adults and children who came down to celebrate," she said.

Prior to Sunday's tree lighting, many people volunteered to make the evening a success. Mark Thurston brought his equipment to Town Hall to string the lights on the tall tree, and received assistance from Police Chief Steve Hankard, Fire Chief Paul Dexter and members of their departments. Meanwhile, Lonergan said she was also grateful to Guy Giunta III and Linda Surowiec of the fire department, who cleared a bay of the neighboring Life Safety Building for tables to accommodate crafts for the children and food and drinks for all.

"The Boy Scouts, led by Jasen Stock, were very terrific, too. They served popcorn and assisted at the crafts table, and were just very helpful throughout the whole thing," Lonergan said.

Besides making holiday projects, boys and girls decorated cookies, sipped cider and hot chocolate and had a chance for some one-on-one time with Santa, who arrived aboard a Sanbornton fire engine.

"It was great to see Santa ride in on the fire engine. Everyone really enjoyed that," she said.

Once the tree was lit, residents were then led by Mary Ruth Scott in singing several traditional Christmas carols as they circled the tree. Everyone then headed off for the warmth of their homes, with a little more holiday spirit in their hearts.

"The entire evening was successful due to the efforts of many and I'm grateful for their time and services," s

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