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Tri-Town community gets set to celebrate Christmas season

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BRASHER FALLS - The Tri-Town community will celebrate the Christmas season tonight with their annual community Christmas tree lighting and dedication ceremony, along with other activities in the downtown Brasher Falls area.

The tree lighting and dedication to community member Norval J. Bennett will begin at 6 p.m., but Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce President Allen W. Fukes said there will be an hour of activities starting at 5 p.m. and leading up to the ceremony.

“There will be Christmas caroling from St. Lawrence Central School choral students and the Christmas tree lighting is at 6,” he said.

The community Christmas tree is located next to the U.S. Post Office.

Mr. Fukes said Brasher Supervisor M. James Dawson will make the dedication to Mr. Bennett, who has been an active member of the community over the years.

“He was a councilperson for years. He was active in the chamber of commerce for years. He’s been pretty active in the town,” he said.

In addition to the tree lighting, dedication and Christmas carols, Mr. Fukes said there will be plenty of other activities taking place.

“There will be music up at Crapser Hall starting about 5:30 or a quarter to six, along with the (St. Lawrence Central) Spanish Club with their bake-off,” he said.

The choral students will continue their entertainment at Crapser Hall, and Wendy Crump will be playing music until about 7:30 or 8 p.m. “Daisy the Clown” will also be on hand to provide face painting.

No Christmas celebration would be complete, however, without the Jolly Old Elf himself.

“Santa Claus will be up there for the kids,” Mr. Fukes said.

The Quad Town Lions Club will help folks battle the winter chill with free coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider in front of the chamber office, and they are asking people to bring a can or two to support the local food pantry in return.

The Canton-Potsdam Community Health Center and Physical Therapy will also be offering extended hours to give folks a chance to visit and meet their staff. Spirits of Downtown will be open until 8 p.m.

Mr. Fukes said the event, which is celebrating its seventh year, typically draws a good crowd to the downtown Brasher Falls area.

“There are a lot of people who usually come through town for it. Attendance is upwards of probably 30 or 40 people where the tree is. But over the whole night, between here and going up to Crapser Hall, we have at least 50 or 60, maybe 70 people,” he said.

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