Annual Lighting of the Green hosted by Rotary

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students, under the direction of Stephanie Summers, sang holiday carols for a large crowd at the Canfield United Methodist Church during the Rotary Club of Canfield’s annual Lighting of the Green on Dec. 2.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.The Canfield Green, including the gazebo and several trees, was glowing and was awash in Christmas lights and decorations after being lit up during the Rotary Club of Canfield’s annual Lighting of the Green on Dec. 2.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Kiera and Anna Fitzgerald visited Santa at Township Hall during the Rotary Club of Canfield’s annual Lighting of the Green on Dec. 2.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Santa Claus arrived in style in a horse-drawn sleigh, and with an escort from the Canfield Joint Fire District, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Canfield during the organization’s annual Lighting of the Green on Dec. 2.

In addition to a visit and photos with Santa, the event featured horse-drawn carriage rides, cookies, cocoa and live music at Piccadilly Parlour and candy, apples, cookies and other treats at the Township Hall and Canfield Local School choirs at the Canfield United Methodist Church and Canfield library. Attendees could also enjoy a tour of the War Vet Museum.

Anthony Nacarato, Lighting of the Green chairman, welcomed the crowd, which included Rotary President Nils Johnson, Canfield Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr., Canfield Township Trustee Marie Cartwright, Canfield Township Trustee Brian Governor, City of Canfield Council President Don Dragish Jr. and Pastor Larry Bowald of Canfield Presbyterian Church.

“Good evening and welcome. This event gets bigger and better each year, and this year is no exception. This is a special night with the help of Canfield Rotary. And to make the event even better next year, the Rotary is raising funds to be able to light the entire North Green in 2017. Our Rotarians have put in a lot of hard work and we could not do this without the generous businesses, Rotarians and friends,” Nacarato said as he welcomed the crowd.

Mayor Kosar also welcomed everyone to the event.

“This is a very dedicated crowd here tonight. Thank you for coming out. The cold did not stop you and it will not stop Santa from visiting Canfield tonight. Please enjoy your evening,” Kosar said.

City of Canfield Council President Don Dragish Jr., also addressed the crowd.

“This is a great night. I just wanted to say that the City of Canfield, Canfield Township and Canfield Local Schools all work together to help bring you this event each year. It is a great family event year in and year out,” Dragish said.

Pastor Bowald then led the crowd in singing “Deck the Halls” and then a word of prayer. He then asked everyone to join in singing “Joy to the World” and for the final sing-along, led everyone in singing “Jingle Bells.”

After a countdown, the Green was glowing and flooded in Christmas lights and decorations.

After the lighting, Santa arrived at the Green in a horse drawn carriage with an escort from the Cardinal Joint Fire District fire truck and proceeded to the Township Hall to greet all the children and have his picture taken with all of them, much to their delight.

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