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Crowd turns out to light Christmas tree at new location in Middletown

By Laura Hayes

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Posted 12/5/18

The sound of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” echoed along West High Street as residents gathered outside St. Peter’s Kierch to sing carols and light the borough Christmas tree …

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Crowd turns out to light Christmas tree at new location in Middletown

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The sound of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” echoed along West High Street as residents gathered outside St. Peter’s Kierch to sing carols and light the borough Christmas tree Saturday.

It was a new location for the tree. For the past two years, the tree was in the front lawn of the McNair House property at North Union and East Emaus streets. The Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority sold that property to private investors last year, however.

On Saturday, the block around the kierch was filled with treats such as popcorn and pizza. Kids lined up to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas. Others went on a horse-and-carriage ride through the borough — a new addition this year.

People lined up on either side of the street with cameras, waiting for the tree to light up.

The tree came from the yard of Peggy Daily, who brought it from her hometown in Maine almost 40 years ago. Middletown Mayor James H. Curry III — dressed as the Will Ferrell character from the movie “Elf” — made a proclamation during the event, declaring Dec. 1, 2018, as “Peggy Daily Day.”

He called her an “angel on Earth,” and said that her donation to Middletown demonstrated “the collective love we share for one another in this town we call home.”