NEW HAVEN — A full day of Christmas activities took place Saturday in the Town of New Haven, climaxing with the tree lighting ceremony in front of town hall that evening.
Illuminating the tree was 102-year-old Margaret Flowers, the town’s oldest resident. Flowers added humor to the event, chastising Councilman Matt Shell when he introduced her as being 101.
Shell emceed the ceremony, welcoming the many who attended. Recorder Roberta Hysell organized the event, with assistance from employees Jessica Greene and Jim Morris.
Members of the New Haven Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, presented musical selections including “O Christmas Tree.” Refreshments of hot chocolate and homemade cookies were served.
Earlier in the day, the holiday parade was held with several floats, horses, motorcycles, fire trucks and the Wahama White Falcon Band. The arrival of Santa Claus atop a fire engine was a highlight of the parade.
The New Haven Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary also held its annual Christmas Craft Show at the fire station. The bay was filled with both vendors and shoppers looking for unique, handmade gifts and treats.
Next in the town is a lighting contest, set for Dec. 15. Out-of-town judges will begin their selection process at 6 p.m.
Residents do not have to register to participate. Anyone residing within town limits having their lights on that evening will be eligible to win.
There will be one category with the first place winner receiving $50, second place, $25, and third place, $10. Winners will be presented their awards at the town hall on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.