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Holiday season kicks off tonight in Greencastle

November 22, 2002

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle residents will officially open their holiday season at 7 p.m. today with the lighting of the borough's Christmas tree on Public Square followed by the 17th annual Christmas Parade Saturday beginning at 9:21 a.m. at Greencastle-Antrim High School.

The parade route proceeds to East Baltimore Street, then left onto South Carlisle Street at the square and ends up at the Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Home Post 373.

Children will be given free Christmas bells by Santa's elves tonight along with instructions on when to ring them at the appropriate time.

Also tonight, former Mayor Frank Mowen will again dress in his traditional town crier garb. The official welcoming ceremony will be emceed by Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger. Storyteller Beth Ohlsson will recount "The Legend of the Christmas Tree," and Russ and Dody Clever, donned in their "Two Nuts and a Bolt" minstrel outfits, will hand out candy to the youngsters.

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Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available thanks to the local Exchange Club, while employees of Jack Gaughen Realtor ERA will hand out popcorn.

Parade Grand Marshal Richard Besecker will lead the crowd in the singing of carols.

Margaret Brewbaker of Walter Avenue donated the tree this year.

Tickets for the 2002 Heritage Christmas Home Tour, which runs Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., are $10 and can be bought at the Heritage Christmas Booth in front of the First National Bank of Greencastle. Tour tickets are $10 which includes visits to six local homes.

Horse and buggy rides cost $7 and can be purchased at the booth.

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