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Central Square Lighting of the Tree

(Tree Lighting 1st Sunday in December)

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Tree lighting is held at Goettel Park in Central Square the first Sunday in December at 5:00pm.  It was a true community and family event made possible by the dedicated employees of the village and lots of volunteers of all ages.  At one time the ceremony was held in the center of the village.  However, it was felt it would be safer to move it to Goettel Park. 

Past Tree Lightings:

December 4, 2016: 69th Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Lee McLaughlin and the tree in the center of the village was dedicated in memory of Earl Robinson. In honor of Mrs. McLaughlin Cub Scout Pack 711 led the crowd in singing, "This Little Light of Mine". Also there was a cereal drive in memory of Mr. Robinson. Helping Hands gave out goody bags and asked the community to share their good deeds their holiday season. Everyone came together to make this another great tree lighting. This event shows what a great community of volunteers we have!

December 6, 2015: 68th Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of William “Bill” Avery. Tree lighting is a community event really made possible because of volunteers. People and groups come together in the true spirit of the season. Scouts set up luminaries and entertain, Fire Department auxiliary donates refreshments etc. There will be birdhouses for sale to support the Central Square Boy Scouts, some items from the Historical Society and the Lions Club will be accepting canned good and new unwrapped toys, hat and mittens for the community Christmas baskets. There will be Christmas songs, cookies and of course a visit from Santa! Mr. Avery was someone who gave to our community and helped build it without needing, expecting or usually receiving any recognition. He was just a kind, caring man. Bill was born February 24, 1930. On October 15, 2014 his family and our entire village felt the loss of Bill Avery. It shocked our community and now even a year later it still does not seem possible that he is gone. Bill owned and operated Bill Avery Excavating since 1973. He enjoyed collecting and fixing antique cars and, in his earlier years, enjoyed snowmobiling. I hope you can join us to remember this unforgettable man!

December 7, 2014: 67th Tree Lighting, dedicated in Memory of Dave Lonergan. This year’s lighting was in memory of a beloved teacher from Central Square. Mr. Lonergan passed away July 18, 2014. He had a lasting influence on countless students at Paul V. Moore High. His compassion and unique sense of humor made him a much beloved and effective teacher. We had a great turnout despite the temperature of 14 degrees and no snow!. Even though Mr. Lonergan had been retired for about 20 years…it was great to see some of his students in the crowd. His wife, Michelle and daughter Kathy lit the tree. There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa, fun and Santa. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Dottie Landers. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Rev. Wilson gave the invocation. Santa arrived in style aboard a fire truck! Members of the community came together to remember Dave and share in the hope and joy of the season.

December 8, 2013: 66th Tree Lighting, dedicated in Memory of Christian “Chris” Keys. The CSI Helping Hands gave a wonderful tribute, his brother (Mike) spoke beautifully and his wife Tami and children lit the tree. Many members of his family were in attendance. There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa, fun and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated the Flower Family. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Rev. Leamon gave the invocation. Santa arrived in style aboard a fire truck! Members of the community came together to remember Chris and share in the hope and joy of the season. Chris (43 years old) went home to the be with the lord February 19, 2013 after a 4 year battle with pancreatic cancer. He enjoyed spending time with family, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, coaching Pop Warner Football, basketball and Lacrosse. He will be forever remembered for his smile.

December 2, 2012: 65th Tree Lighting, dedicated to the past and present members of the Central Square Lions Club. Lions Club President, Marie Loran, lit the tree. There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa, fun and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ron Landers. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Rev. Mike Thesier gave the invocation. Although there was once again no snow, Santa still arrived in style aboard a fire truck! Members of the community later made it snow using popcorn.

December 4, 2011: 64th Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Marjorie Perfield. Her family and friends were on hand to say a few words and her great grandson lit the tree. There were Christmas carols, poems and a jazz ensemble as well as cookies, cocoa, fun and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ron Landers. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Father Christopher Celentano of St. Micheal's Catholic Church in Central Square gave the invocation.  Although there was no snow, Santa still arrived in style in a pick up!

December 5, 2010: 63rd Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Tim McLaughlin. His family and friends were on hand to say a few words and light the tree. There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Verity and Family. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Williams. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Father John Smegelsky of St. Micheal's Catholic Church in Central Square gave the invocation.

December 6, 2009: 62nd Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Dr. Gabriel "Gabe" F. Buschle. His family and friends were on hand to say a few words and light the tree. In honor of their 100th anniversary, there was a special dedication of the tree in the center of the village to the Central Square Fire Company volunteers Past and Present. There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Ruby O'Mara. The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups and children from the community. Lorrie House of the Central Square Fire Company Auxiliary gave the invocation.

December 7, 2008: 61st Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Mr. Cliff Breed.  His family was on hand to say a few words and light the tree.  There were Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Mrs. Betty Figie.  The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms.  Christmas carols were led by local scout groups.  

December 2, 2007: 60th Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of Mr. Tony Altier.  His family was on hand to say a few words and light the tree.  There were Christmas carols, a hay maze, face painting, crafts, games, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Mr. Jim Traub.  The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms.  Christmas carols were led by local scout groups. The Brigadiers Holiday Brass kicked off the festivities with a Brass ensemble. 

December 3, 2006: 59th Tree Lighting.  There were Christmas carols, a hay maze, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Ron & Harriet Gordon.  The tree in the center of the village was donated by Grace Farms.  Christmas carols were led by local scout groups. The Brigadiers Holiday Brass kicked off the festivities with a Brass ensemble. 
December 2005:  58th Tree Lighting, in memory of Vernon Goettel. 

December 5, 2004: 57th Tree Lighting, dedicated in memory of George Traub. His family was on hand to say a few words and light the tree.  There were Christmas carols, a hay maze, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s trees were donated by David Bertrand, Ruth Lederle and Sundance Meadows Farm (Jaime French & Melanie Keim).  Christmas carols were led by local scout groups. L & M Music started the festivities by playing music for the event.

December 7, 2003: 56th Tree Lighting.  There were Christmas carols, a hay maze, cookies, cocoa and Santa. This year’s tree at the park was donated by Dottie Bane. Christmas carols were led by local scout groups. L & M Music started the festivities by playing music for the event.

December 14, 1952:  5pm at War Memorial Park. Sponsored by American Legion and Women’s auxiliary since at least 1947.   Musical program by young people in the community including instrumentals. 

December 17, 1950:  8:00pm organized by the American Legion and auxiliary, lighting of the tree and community sign a long. 

December 18, 1949:  7:30pm sponsored by the American Legion and erected by monument in the center of the village.  Community Christmas Carols were sung. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Devendorf donated a sound system in memory of his parents (William and Libya) to the Methodist Church that was used to play carols before and after the tree lighting and throughout the Christmas week to be heard around the village.  

Photos:

69th Tree Lighting - December 4, 2016

68th Tree Lighting - December 7, 2015

67th Tree Lighting - December 7, 2014

66th Tree Lighting - December 8, 2013

65th Tree Lighting - December 2, 2012

64th Tree Lighting - December 4, 2011

63rd Tree Lighting - December 5, 2010

62nd Tree Ligthing - December 6, 2009