Scout workers, longtime fire department member recognized at Christmas tree lighting

CADYVILLE The local fire station and its parking lot were filled with townspeople who had come out to take part in the seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 8. Swarms of children and their parents waited in front of the firehouse for a wagon ride pulled by "Thunder and Lightning," Herb Perry's two Belgium quarterhorse geldings. At 1,300 pounds a piece, they made easy work of pulling a wagon load. The sleigh bells on their harnesses jingled and those in the wagon sang Christmas songs as they made their way up and down Church Street. Inside the firehouse, community members enjoyed hot drinks, snacks, michigans and Christmas goodies while they visited with each other. Everyone was invited outside to welcome Santa Claus as he arrived in a Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department fire truck, and to watch the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Fire Chief Chuck Kostyk, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, called two special groups of people forward to help light the tree. The first group was some of the family members of Charles LaFountain, who passed away in August. "Charlie was a longtime member of the Cadyville fire department. He was active with our fire police and could always be counted on to be there as a friend and as a fellow firefighter," Chief Kostyk recalled. Next, Chief Kostyk called up some of the past Scout leaders from the community. "These folks unselfishly gave of their time and energy to help teach and mold the ideals of our young people, many of whom are standing here this evening with families of their own. Thank you for the work you did," he said. Scout leaders present were Boy Scout leaders Gary Wrisley, Joe Burgess and William Pardy, and Girl Scout leaders Marjey Hulbert and Fran Smart. Ms. Hulbert was one of three women who founded the Girl Scouts in Cadyville during the 1950s. During his address, Chief Kostyk also thanked the Cadyville Wesleyan Church, St. James Catholic Church, and the fire department and its auxiliary for working together to provide the funds and manpower required to make the event happen. He thanked the committee members, from each of the four organizations, for their time and efforts to help make the event special. Those members are Robin Downey, Bob and Suzanne Miller, Charlent Favaro, Bill Louis and Chuck Kostyk. On behalf of the committee, he extended thanks to all the people, businesses and organizations that made donations to the event. "I liked everything about tonight," said 10-year-old Logan LaFountain, Cadyville, as he munched on a cookie, "but my favorite part was helping light the tree in honor of my grandfather." For the rest of the season, as community members pass by the firehouse on State Route 3, the brightly-lit tree will likely remind them of the fun evening sharedand some very special community members who helped make Cadyville the community it is today.

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