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Animals, people portray Nativity



Published: Thu, December 10, 2009 @ 12:01 a.m.

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LIVING NATIVITY: An Arabian camel overlooks the live Nativity erected Wednesday at 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, in front of Park Vista Retirement Community. From left to right are: Dwayne Felger of Greenford, who supplied the animals; Sue Strom, a clinical dietitian at Park Vista, portraying Mary; Cathi Cassudakis, a dietetic technician at Park Vista, an angel; the Rev. Alan Hutchinson, Park Vista chaplain, portraying Joseph; and Annmarie Pierce, Park Vista activities director, a wise man.

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LIVING NATIVITY: Brothers, Gino, 5, left, and Rocco Pilolli, 6, of Youngstown stand with Dwayne Felger of Greenford, who supplied the animals; admiring the camel. The living Nativity will be open today from 3 to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

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LIVING NATIVITY: An Arabian camel overlooks the live Nativity erected Wednesday at 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, in front of Park Vista Retirement Community. The living Nativity will be open today from 3 to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

The animals — a camel, donkey, sheep and yak — are tame and can be petted.

By William K. Alcorn

Park Vista Retirement Community, continuing a tradition of many years that began in Youngstown’s downtown, has a living Nativity scene with animals and human actors depicting the birth of Jesus.

The display is at 1216 Fifth Ave., the entrance to Park Vista.

The animals and their human friends braved rain, sleet and cold Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., and will be on display again today from 3 to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

The animals — a dromedary camel, donkey, sheep and Tibetan yak, supplied by Dwayne Felger of Greenford — are tame and can be petted.

The actors, working in one-hour shifts, come from the Park Vista staff and various area churches, said the Rev. Alan Hutchinson, Park Vista chaplain, who played the part of Joseph from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Other players during that first hour Wednesday were Sue Strom, clinical dietitian, as Mary; Cathi Cassudakis, a dietetic technician, as an angel; and Annmarie Pierce, activities director, a wise man.

“I think it’s pretty cool. People drive by and wave and honk,” said Pierce.

A lot of neighborhood kids come to look and pet the animals, and Park Vista employees bring their children to the display, said the Rev. Mr. Hutchinson.

Half the joy in doing this is watching the people’s faces, said Felger, who also joins in the spirit of the occasion by dressing as a wise man.

alcorn@vindy.com


Comments

1EricLW(66 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

What will religion do next? Jesus (if he really did exist) was not burn on xmas... Xmas is a pagan holiday adopted from the Romans. Xmas has nothing to do with Jesus, according to script he was born sometime around September...

Oh well, just another reason that god does not exist.

http://www.essortment.com/all/christm...

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2Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

live nativity displays....

good 'ol youngstown...we are backwards.

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3LB(18 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

They do this every year. I love driving up Fifth Ave. and seeing them.

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4JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Eric's parents didn't get him the toys he wanted when he was a kid, so now there is no God and X-mas is a pagan holiday. You should talk to your parents about your anger, friend; then move out of their basement.

Buon Natale.

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5Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

... those animals are kept in an ill manner all year long by white trash.

that's all.

Yes its backwards...Thankfully the Schwebel Co backed out of supporting the circus.

Im all about Christmas, just not with such backward mentality.

Happy Holidays to all.

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6Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

eric
You know, people like you that want to down Christian beliefs but then you go and enjoy your day off from work for a religious "holiday". People like you need some serious prayer.

ginger
It's not backwards, like the previous comment, alot of cities are doing it. Can't people just let the kids and families enjoy it, without complaining about it. If you don't agree, then just don't go to it. That's all. Why be so against it? geez.
btw, If the animals are tamed and can be petted, then they must be all right with human contact and trained in a manner that there not scared of humans. So I can't see how they are ill mannered all year long (white trash?) or they would be hostile toward humans. That doesn't seem to the case.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE...

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Ginger76 :

"... those animals are kept in an ill manner all year long by white trash."

BIGOT !

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8Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I will!

You TOO! :)

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9severthis(42 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Jesus - not a fictional character - whether you believe in his divinity or not, his ideas and teachings changed the world. I'm not saying man-kind didn't twist those ideas to be self serving. Certainly that has happened and continues. However, the philosphy of Jesus was centered around loving one another, and peace. On earth. I celebrate that beautiful thought - (IMAGINE!) and his birth.

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