By Diane Naab
December 19, 2008
I was reluctant to respond to Mr. McGillvray's first letter because
of the rude content. But now I find it necessary to respond to
the additional letters concerning this year's placement of the
community Christmas tree. I agree that the placement wasn't
ideal but it was done for a good reason. Work being done on
the dock next to the Visitor's Bureau prohibited that site from
being used this year. Next year we'll be back to the traditional
and most visible place on the dock with a fully lit tree.
This year the City, Borough, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Steering
Committee, CHARR, and many volunteers worked hard to bring back
the festivities with Santa arriving at Berth 3 pavilion on a
fire truck. Hot chocolate, cider, and cookies were served while
carolers entertained. The tree lighting was announced by Santa
and our two mayors. Stockings filled with apples, oranges, candy,
nuts, and toys were handed out to each child after having a turn
commiserating with Santa. The event was well attended and a
starting point for future holiday festivities. It can only get
better. The Berth 3 pavilion proved to be an excellent setting
for the event. Improvements for next year will include a sound
system, more lighting, and who knows.... this is community...
email your suggestions, or better yet volunteer to help with
In hindsight, perhaps a full-page ad in the Daily News would
have deterred the obvious disappointment of our community. Again...
next year promises to be fabulous!
A note to Mr. McGillvray: your second letter was still rude
regardless of the apology.
Merry Christmas to all.
About: "Local business
owner, board member on both the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown
Received December 16, 2008
- Published December 19, 2008
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