Hamlin held its  Third Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on Saturday, November 24 at the Penn Star Bank in Hamlin.


Hamlin held its  Third Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place on Saturday, November 24 at the Penn Star Bank in Hamlin.

The event was filled with activities for people of all ages to enjoy and offered free refreshments of hot chocolate, coffee, hot dogs and popcorn. The ceremony started off with a welcome speech from Peggy Wargo, American Legion Auxiliary President, Mary Ellen Bentler, Branch Manager and Asst. for Vice President of Pennstar Bank. The event was sponsored by the SSG Paul A. Sweeney American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Unit 807, Pennstar Bank, Weis Market, and the Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Invocation was performed by Father Erb of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hamlin and the crowd of about 200 people listened to the vocalist Kathy Jenkins sing all the favorite songs of the Christmas season.

Everyone who attended the event was encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or a child's toy to donate to those in need. "The food that gets donated tonight will go to the area shelters and the toys go a needy child in the surrounding areas, we do this for the community, we want to give back," said Kimberly Wargo, public relations/Sergeant at Arms.

The main event of the evening was the arrival of Santa Claus, who came in on a fire truck from the Hamlin Fire and Rescue Company, and then he lit the Christmas Tree on the lawn in front of the bank. Santa was then available for photos with the children in a Holiday shed provided by Don Frick of Sheds and Garages in Hamlin.

One of the main causes for the event to remember the servicemen and women who are not able to spend the Christmas season at home. "We don't want to forget our servicemen and women, so we ask people to sign a ribbon that goes on our tree outside, so we can remember them at this time. Without them doing what they're doing, we wouldn't be able to do anything like this," added Wargo.