Lyndonville creates a new holiday tradition

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Community decorates 27 trees at Veterans Park

Photos by Tom Rivers

LYNDONVILLE – Community members decorated 27 Christmas trees at Veterans Park as part of a new holiday tradition in Lyndonville.

The village pushed to start the project after Wes Bradley, a Yates Town Councilman and Lions Cub member, pitched the idea. He saw it at Oakfield last year when there were 53 trees lighted and decorated by community members.

Oakfield shared its planning tips with Lyndonville officials. Bradley was hoping for maybe 15 or 20 trees the first year. With a strong showing this year, Bradley thinks the community could do 40 or 50 next year.

He’d like to add horse-drawn carriage rides and more events as part of day-long celebration.

“This has been a little morale boost for the community,” Bradley said this evening while serving hot cocoa and cookies in the Village Hall.

After arriving on a trailer that looked like a sleigh, Santa greeted the crowd at Veterans Park.

Santa flipped the switch at the North Pole Electric Station, lighting the 27 trees decorated by the community.

Santa then met with youngsters at the Village Hall. Grayson Voltz of Lockport didn’t take a liking to the jolly ole’ elf. Grayson’s mother Jessica Voltz is a Lyndonville native.

Ethan Merrill, 7, of Albion was comfortable with Santa, and happily shared his wish list for Christmas.