Tree lighting festivities focus on local elementary children
Union Township celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season with the lighting of its first township Christmas tree Friday, Dec. 3.
The tree was decorated with help from West Clermont students and the fourth grade chorus of St. Thomas Moore parochial school sang Christmas carols for the lighting.
A crowd of families gathered in the chilled December air south of the Union Township Community Center for the ceremony.
The St. Thomas Moore students led the crowd in a countdown and the tree was lighted with 5,000 bright white LED lights.
“It’s beautiful. Our son was very excited to come here tonight,” Julie Scott of Batavia said.
She came with her husband Dallas and their son Eddy, who sang in the choir.
“We love the tree, it’s very nice,” Joan Lipinski said.
Township Trustee Tim Donnellon welcomed the crowd and thanked the West Clermont schools for making more than 300 ornaments for the tree.
“It seemed only fitting to partner with West Clermont during this time of year that is so special to children,” Donnellon said.
West Clermont Board of Education President Dan Krueger thanked the township for allowing the students to participate and emphasized the importance of Christmas.
“We hope you keep the true meaning of Christmas this season,” Krueger said.
After the tree was lit Trustee Bob McGee said a prayer and the St. Thomas Moore chorus led the crowd in singing one final carol.
The tree can be seen brightly lit from Aicholtz Road each evening from now through Christmas.