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Pa. family shares tree for the holidays

November 14, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - 'Tis better to give than receive and Liane and Jerry Clever gave a piece of their family holiday history to Chambersburg for Christmas.

"This was my wife and I's first Christmas tree when we moved to Cypress Street 26 years ago," Jerry Clever said as a borough crew used a crane Monday to lift the 35-foot Douglas fir from a trailer that was only about half that long.

"We decided to share it with the community. It's a gorgeous tree," Clever said as the tree was set in place on Memorial Square.

The tree will be decorated this week in time for Saturday's 37th annual Chambersburg Christmas Parade set to start at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Downtown Business Council and F&M Trust.

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Ten high school marching bands from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, majorette groups and dozens of floats are among the 70 units scheduled to take part in this year's parade, said Downtown Business County Coordinator Rosalie Lidard. Santa Claus will be riding the last float in the parade, she said.

The parade will start at the intersection of King and North Main streets and proceed south on Main Street and east on Washington Street before ending at the intersection of Washington and Second streets, Lidard said.

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