Borough preps for tree lighting
After weeks of searching and scouring yards all across town, Northampton Borough has found an evergreen to serve as its official Christmas tree, which will be decorated for the holidays at the Main Street and Laubach Avenue triangle.
“We are pleased. We found a real nice tree in a yard of an East Allen Township home,” borough Manager LeRoy Brobst reported Nov. 1. “The family is willing to donate the tree to the borough for its holiday program and give the community the spirit of Christmas.”
Brobst said the tree is approximately 35 feet tall and is “nice and full all around.” There were other trees people were willing to donate, but they were bare in areas due to proximity to other trees.
Borough crews have cut down the tree, transported it via flatbed and put it in place with a crane. It will be decorated with more than 7,000 multicolored LED lights and large red bows.
The tree-lighting program is set for Dec. 1. Good Shepherd Catholic School students will begin the ceremony 5:30 p.m. with carols. Santa Claus will arrive on a borough firetruck in time for the tree lighting, set for 6 p.m.
In other holiday news, Northampton Fire Department’s Operation Santa Run begins noon Dec. 14. Families interested in having Santa deliver a gift that day can drop off the present 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11-13 at the fire station, 4 Lerchenmiller Drive.
Community Christmas caroling will take place 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Uptown Park. The event is sponsored by neighboring Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, which will provide light refreshments.