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PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER On a pole in Northampton Borough hangs one of the many illuminated heart designs celebrating Valentine's Day. Recently other municipalities have expressed an interest in replicating the design. PRESS PHOTO BY AL RECKER On a pole in Northampton Borough hangs one of the many illuminated heart designs celebrating Valentine's Day. Recently other municipalities have expressed an interest in replicating the design.

Decorations get noticed

Thursday, February 14, 2013 by AL RECKER Special to The Press in Local News

The Borough of Northampton has received much attention over the years for its illuminated holiday street decorations.

With Valentine's Day here, the glow on the hearts on Main Street have received attention from outside the community. Other municipalities are considering replicating the red and white heart designs which feature an arrow running diagonally across.

"We keep getting compliments on the Valentine hearts that are located throughout the borough in Main Street. Other communities have called to find out where they were purchased. If you recall, these were made in-house," borough Manager Gene Zarayko told council members at their meeting last Thursday.

The hearts were made by a Public Works Department employee with skills in fabricating the steel frames.

The Valentine light hearts are not all alike. Some have red arrows and others have white arrows.

Last week a couple huddled under one of the red and white illuminated Valentine's decorations while another person took their picture.

Next to go up on the Victorian style light standards in the uptown area will be green lighted shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day.

At Easter, decorations will feature lighted bunny faces with floppy ears and baskets with eggs on the light posts. Christmas decorations are featured in December.