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Warrior Tree Is A West Side Holiday Tradition

November 17, 2018

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone As we all prepare our lives and our homes for Thanksgiving, I would like to take a moment to thank all my readers and those who submit items for this column; I am truly grateful for you. Please note: The deadline for the Saturday, Nov. 24th edition of The Citizens’ Voice will be noon Tuesday, Nov. 20. Edwardsville Warrior Tree The Edwardsville Warrior Tree Project is a Community Christmas Tree planted in Veterans Park, which is located at the corner of Main and Church streets, Edwardsville. Its main goal is to honor and remember the sacrifices made by our local heroes in the U.S. Armed Forces, namely, to honor them during all the holiday seasons missed with family and friends at home. The Warrior Tree Project honors our brave warriors every year by holding a decorating day and a tree lighting ceremony in Veterans Park, complete with their very own Sgt. Santa Parade on Main Street. Decorating day is when organizers invite recruiters from all military branches to come with their future candidates to decorate the Warrior Tree. At the tree lighting ceremony, all service members, past, present and future, along with their families, friends and neighbors in the community are invited to come to Veterans Park for a day of family fun while celebrating and honoring their service to our great country. This year, decorating day will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today, Nov. 17. The fifth annual lighting ceremony will follow tomorrow, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Both events are free to the public. All are invited to participate. Nativity display “No Room At The Inn,” an event presented by the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. This is the 14th year of displays of more than 500 Nativity sets. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Kirby Family House in Wilkes-Barre. The event also includes food, holiday bake sale and Christmas shop. Kingston historical group holiday dinner The Kingston Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas/holiday dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Costello’s Restaurant, Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville. Reservations for the Dutch Treat event can be made by calling 570-239-5040 on or before Friday, Nov. 30. Members, guests and friends are invited. Because the upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, coincide with the society’s meeting dates, the November and December meetings have been cancelled. Meetings will resume in January. Meanwhile, the committee is continuing to work on its “Three Centuries of Kingston Corners” project. Seminary lecture An historical perspective of the issue of immigration to the United States will be the focus of a special free public lecture to be held at Wyoming Seminary Upper School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The lecture, a presentation of Sem Speaks: A Global Topics Lecture Series, will be held in the Stettler Learning Resources Center, North Sprague Ave., Kingston, and is free to the public. The speaker will be journalist Daniel Connolly, a reporter at The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Tenn. His lecture is titled “Today’s Immigration Battles – How We Got Here, Where We’re Going.” Connolly specializes in coverage of immigration to the United States, particularly Mexican immigration. He is the author of “The Book of Isaias: A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America.” He has won numerous awards from state and national journalism organizations and has received grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the International Center for Journalists. In each lecture he works to keep the audience engaged through frequent questions, concrete examples, attention-grabbing visuals and memorable stories. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions following the lecture. For information about this lecture or the Sem Speaks lecture series, call the Sem communications office at 570-270-2192. Holy Family breakfast Holy Family Parish, Bennett street, Luzerne, will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 5-10. Barbara Pitcavage writes about the West Side. Contact her at rocko1245@aol.com.

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