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Dawson contemplating ideas to bring crowd for Christmas tree lighting

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BRASHER FALLS - With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, Brasher Town Supervisor M. James Dawson said he has some ideas to generate more interest in their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Mr. Dawson said he would like to bring in a group of singers to provide musical entertainment and also raffle off two bicycles - one for a girl and one for a boy.

He said he had contacted Stanley Crump, who is a member of a singing group that consists of six or seven members. Mr. Dawson said he had heard them sing at the LBSH Housing complex as well as in Crapser Hall during the town’s summer festival.

“They’re very good,” he said. “I talked to Stanley. He said they’d be happy to (perform).”

Mr. Dawson suggested they could use economic development funds to pay the singers. But, because the law doesn’t allow them to pay directly for expenses like that, board members agreed to contract with the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, who will receive payment from the town to compensate the singers.

“We can’t gift public monies,” he said.

The town supervisor said he would also like to provide gift certificates for two bicycles - one for a girl and one for a boy, 16 and under. He said tickets for the drawing would be passed out to the children for the drawing. The winners would be announced the night of the Christmas tree lighting, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9.

“They would have to be there to win. This way I thought we could get a crowd in town,” he said.

Last year’s event, the seventh annual Tri-Town Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Dedication, featured Santa, who was ready to hear the wish lists of young boys and girls, and Daisy the Clown, who painted festive decorations on faces.

The community also honored long-time community volunteer, Norval Bennett, by dedicating the Christmas tree in his honor. Mr. Bennett had served for 30 years as a town councilman and was a chamber of commerce member for 35 years. He was also involved in the creation of the Brasher Park.

Choral students from St. Lawrence Central School led the crowd in traditional Christmas carols around the tree after it was lit, and the Quad Town Lions Club members offered free hot beverages in exchange for a non-perishable item or monetary donation for the local food pantry.

Wendy Crump played holiday tunes in Crapser Hall as Santa listened to children and Daisy the Clown painted faces, and the St. Lawrence Central Spanish Club was on hand, inviting visitors to take part in their annual cookie bake-off fundraiser and select the best cookie.

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