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Wellsville festivities wrap today

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 12/6/2013

WELLSVILLE — ‘Tis the season for holiday traditions.

Friday marked the 11th annual Holidays in Wellsville festivities sponsored by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. For Linda Brooks, 61, Wellsville, the event has a special meaning at Christmas time.

WELLSVILLE — ‘Tis the season for holiday traditions.

Friday marked the 11th annual Holidays in Wellsville festivities sponsored by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. For Linda Brooks, 61, Wellsville, the event has a special meaning at Christmas time.

“Over in Edgerton, they always put up a Christmas tree and I took my children over every year,” Brooks said. “Everyone in the town made a homemade ornament and sang Christmas carols around the tree and then you went in city hall and they had hot chocolate and cookies and Santa Claus was there. My children loved it.”

It wasn’t long until Brooks thought about bringing the idea of a Christmas celebration to her hometown.

“In 2002, all we had was the chamber of commerce drawing in Wellsville,” she said. “So, I called Steve Layton, who was a chamber member, and I told him that me and my husband would donate the tree and asked him, ‘Can we put up the Christmas tree, have everybody bring an ornament, bring it up and sing the Christmas carols and then go to the Legion for cookies and hot chocolate and see Santa Claus?’ He said yes.”

Since then, the chamber has played host to the event, which features a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with a tree donated by Harry Peckham’s Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm, 2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul. The ceremony was set for Friday night in the lot next to City Hall, 411 Main St., Wellsville, and was to include placement of ornaments made by Wellsville Elementary School second- and fifth-graders, as well as Christmas carols sung by the middle school choir. A home lighting display contest and business window decorating contest also were planned.

“It is something everyone looks forward to all year,” Tammy Jones, Wellsville assistant city clerk, said. “It is just a fun night for everyone to meet and share Christmas spirit.”

But the holiday spirit didn’t end with Friday’s activities. Holidays in Wellsville continues today with a holiday craft and gift show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wellsville High School, 602 Walnut St. The event features concessions and photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A baked potato dinner fundraiser organized by the high school band is planned 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the annual Wellsville Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas drawing for donated prizes from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the high school. The winners of the Ken Hausler Business Person of the Year, lighting contest and window decorating contest are expected to be announced during the Saturday night festivities.

Brooks said she’s happy the event has become a Wellsville tradition.

“I love it,” she said. “Christmas to me is the birth of Christ. It is the life, love, the joy and the family and spending time with friends. I was glad it came to Wellsville.”

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