Community hosts its first tree lighting ceremony

November 19, 2018 12:00 PM

The holidays came a bit early for one Troy neighborhood tonight. This year for the first time, South Troy had its very own tree lighting ceremony.

"We don't really have a lot of things like this in Troy" said Zy'Kerriasisa Crispello of Troy.

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"It makes me feel happy because everybody does care about us" said Sophia Chaplin of Troy.

On a cold Sunday night in November a holiday wish for one neighborhood in South Troy finally came true.

"The neighbors have been working on getting a Christmas tree for the past three to five years" said Councilman T.J. Kennedy, a Troy City Council member.

For the first time, a shining bright Christmas tree now stands tall in the spot where 1st and 2nd Streets converge. 
Neighbors say this is exactly what South Troy needed.

"There's a lot of bad stuff going on in Troy so I want the kids to know that's there people that do care and will help them and their families and events like this show that" said Jennifer Skelton of Troy.

Funding for the tree was made possible through group efforts with a neighborhood beautification program with the Troy City Council, the Troy P.B.A, the Police Cadet Post 4102 and the city D.P.W.

"It was a team effort, we had to actually pick up the tree to be planted, it's a volunteer based program" said Kennedy.

Jennifer Skelton, lives in the area and  says the project has proved her faith in the neighborhood to be true.

"It's great, there's a lot of pride in South Troy, south Troy against the world and that's how it is. I loved that people showed up for the this event" said Skelton.

Others attending tonight say they're already looking forward to next year.

"If we could do this every year it could be really good because it makes the neighbors and the neighborhood really happy" said Crispello.


Brooke Selby

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