Getting in the spirit
Crowd turns out for 22nd Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Last Sunday evening, Dec. 7, I attended the 22nd annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. As usual a large group of folks were there. Many of them had been there many times but also some were there for the first time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Cub Scout Troop 3165 brought in the flag and led us in the pledge of allegiance. There was entertainment by Katie’s Dance Studio students, and musical selections by Lansing High School’s Sound Spectrum directed by Jonnie Brice.
There were greetings by Mayor Kenneth Bernard, who welcomed special guests including Leavenworth Mayor Lisa Weakley, Honorable Sherry Dodson of Easton, Maj. William C. Ashmore of Fort Leavenworth, Mrs. Robin Visocsky representing Lan-Del Water Board, Tim Holverson, Leavenworth/Lansing Chamber of Commerce, and Warden David R. McKune, Lansing Correctional Facility. Also our own City Council members were present.
John Bennett, chairman of the Lansing PRIDE Committee, accepted presentations of gifts of food and money donated by various organizations and individuals in Lansing. The Deere Place Day Care Center presented a gift and the children sang several lovely Christmas Songs for us. Then everyone went outside for the lighting of the big tree north of our City Hall. Everyone sang Silent Night along with the Sound Spectrum. Then they returned to the Community Center for refreshments.
The first tree lighting was at a church on Kay Street. The next few years, two different trees east of the 4-H building were used. The present tree was planted early on for the purpose of using it for many years. As you drive by City Hall at night you will see how much it has grown and it is a big job for our city employees to cover it with lights. It is a beautiful tree and very impressive.
The PRIDE Committee started this project for the purpose helping people who need food and toys for their children at Christmas. Now it is a city project with PRIDE members still involved. Every year a group of folks from the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs and other organizations and individuals gather together to sort and package canned goods for approximately 20 to 25 families. This year the sorting will take place at the Activity Center on Friday, Dec. 19, and extra hands are always needed. Come if you would like to help.