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A tradition returns to Mooers

MOOERS - For as long as Edie Morelock can remember, the tree outside the Mooers Free Library has been lit for Christmas. However, six years ago, the tradition came to an end.

But, this year, with the help of community members, the tree is illuminated once again.

"Before I came here, ever year they were lighting [the tree]," said Morelock, director of the library. "Then, when I came ... my husband and my son put the lights on the tree."

Morelock's family used a pole to put the lights on the 40-foot-high tree, but after three years, the lights came down from the wind.

"I couldn't get anybody to put the lights back up because nobody wanted to go that high," she recalled.

This year, however, the Rev. Al Johnson, pastor of Mooers United Methodist Church, spoke with Charles Sturniolo and Ted Kolff van Ooster wyk, members of the church, to figure out a way to get the lights back on the tree.

"They kind of put their heads together and they worked all this out logistically," Morelock said. "I just gave them encouragement."

On Nov. 25, with the help of Jack Dragoon from Dragoon Farm Equipment, employee Chris Bulriss operated a fork lift from Dragoon's while Sturniolo road the lift to the top of the tree and adorned it with lights.

"It went very smoothly, considering it was so tall," said Morelock.

To celebrate the re-lighting of the tree, Scouts from the community came out Dec. 3 to sing Christmas carols as the tree was lit.

"I think it's wonderful," Morelock said of the reestablished tradition. "I'm really thrilled that this happened. Because I've tried for six years, unsuccessfully."

"I kind of was like I'll believe it when I see it," added Morelock. "And, it actually did happen."

Morelock wishes to thank everyone in the community for utilizing the library more this year, and hopes they have a "Merry Christmas."

The Mooers Free Library is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 4-7 p.m,; and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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