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Holley will have expanded holiday celebration on Dec. 2

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 22 November 2017 at 6:11 pm

File photo: Holley’s Parade of Lights passes through the Public Square in December 2013. The parade returns on Dec. 2.

HOLLEY – The Village of Holley Night of Lights is set for Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Village Square from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Brian Sorochty discussed changes and new additions to the annual event during last week’s Village Board meeting. The Community Events Committee has been working to organize and re-vamp this year’s event. Dr. Krista Wiley-Neale, who is a member of the committee, provided additional details.

This year the event has been expanded and will begin earlier in the day – at 4 p.m.

Wiley-Neale said businesses around the Village Square will host wine tastings and craft vendors inside. There will be holiday music, hot cocoa and a spaghetti dinner available at the Community Center. The cost of the spaghetti dinner is $3.

The Rotary Club will have its food cart and Boy Scouts will be selling wreaths. Friendship B.B.C. will have games, food and balloons. The Holley Community Free Library will host Santa, as well as cookies, carols and a movie.

Organizers are planning for a parade at 6:30 p.m. with the Memory Bulb and Tree Lighting to follow.

Memory bulbs are $5 each and can be purchased at the Holley Village Office. The Village tree will be moved this year, Mayor Sorochty said. It will remain in the Public Square, but closer to the former bank building as maple trees are beginning to crowd out the area closer to the fountain where the tree has traditionally been placed.

Instead of multi-colored lights, Mayor Sorochty announced the tree will be lit entirely in blue lights, “out of respect for emergency services and police officers for the work they do,” he explained.

The celebration will then move to the Fire Hall for the annual holiday party with performances by members of the Holley Central School chorus and band, cookies, snacks and hot chocolate.

Village also approves security enhancements at Village Office

In other business, Village Trustees approved purchasing materials to construct a wall with a payment window at the village offices. The wall will provide security for office staff. Materials for the project include framing, wall material, an interior door, new exterior door and the payment window at a cost of $1803.24.

Additionally, trustees approved spending $1524.17 for the purchase of a new camera system and door locks for the office.

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