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Christmas Tree
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 the planning.

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.

Diane Naab
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Local business owner, board member on both the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Steering Committee."

Received December 16, 2008 - Published December 19, 2008



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