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Lighting up Christmas

December 22, 2008

For 55 years, Ralph DeVore has been lighting up his home with Christmas decorations. His current home on Caldwell Court in Williamsport is no exception.

A sleigh made in the 1800s on St. Paul Road adds to the wintry decor. DeVore, who for many years created floats for the Alsatia Mummers Parade and other parades in the region, said the sleigh was used to haul Santa in the Philadelphia Christmas parade, as well as other Christmas parades.

DeVore began the tradition of decorating the exterior of his home "in a big way" when he was 16 and living in the West End of Hagerstown.

The last two years that Potomac Edison, now Allegheny Power, sponsored a countywide Christmas decorating contest, DeVore won first place, he said.

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He said he also decorates the interior of his home with a multitude of Christmas villages.

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