Firefighters help light Winfield tree
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2012 1:34PM
The Four Season Fire Force was on hand to assist in decorating and lighting a Christmas tree in Winfield on Friday, November 23, 2012. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM
WINFIELD — The night after Thanksgiving, as Christmas trees were going up all over the area, Winfield Township was also participating in the age-old custom.
The Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force was there to help. This was their first time participating with the fun.
How else could that beautiful star atop the tree lead the way? The Winfield star just keeps getting higher and higher. It would not have a star at all if the firefighters had not come.
Firefighters put the lights up on Tuesday to make sure that they would work. Winfield Township Trustee Rollie Brauer Jr. wanted to be sure.
“The firefighters put the 14-inch star and the 700 lights on the tree prior to the tree lighting,” said Brauer. It was the Township’s first annual tree lighting.
The mood was set as Township Board member Sherry Gasparovic, Jan Nikolich, Bev Rinkenberger, Lavonne Dashler and Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s Choir Director Marshall Anderson, sang Christmas Carols.
While a bit windy and cold it was a perfect night with no rain in sight. One and all could hear the children ooh and ahh as the tree was lit.
A big fire truck did rumble as Santa arrived. Moms and dads had their cameras at the ready to get photos of their little ones with that jolly old elf.
While it is not yet time for all the presents under the trees at home the man dressed in red with the big white beard had a present and candy for each of the happy munchkins.
About 60 people were there, including many children. One and all, they were provided hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies and donuts to celebrate the night. Christmas was in the air.
At the party were Brauer and Winfield Township Board members Linda Eisenhauer and Marge Brauer, along with Gasparaovic. Paulette Skinner, Winfield Town Council president, was there as well. Township employee Janet Snowden was there to help organize.