A new Christmas tree lights the way on Main Avenue, Hawley, thanks to the Hawley Lions Club and participating merchants.

A new Christmas tree lights the way on Main Avenue, Hawley, thanks to the Hawley Lions Club and participating merchants.
Orlando Marrero, a local locksmith and member of the Lions Club, envisioned having the "tallest Christmas tree in northeastern Pennsylvania" as a way to promote the community. In 2012 he asked Borough Council for permission to set up a very tall cut conifer in Bingham Park. Approval was given if he could get the insurance, which was obtained through the Lions Club. The project was not pursued at the time, he said because of the logistical problems they still faced: obtaining and transporting the tree, and setting it up on a suitable, safe stand.
This year, Marrero instead received approval from PNC Bank to string lights on their existing evergreen, estimated at 75 feet tall, standing in the back of the parking lot. The tree is easily seen from Main Avenue.
Myers Tree Service set it up, and lights were contributed by Carol Swanick of the Hawley Diner and Beverly Beck of the Trading Post.
Marrero expressed hope that the illuminated tree will help "put Hawley on the map."
The tree lights were first lit on Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving. Over the weekend, Downtown Hawley Partnership put up the holiday lights over Main Avenue and the snowflake decorations on the lamp posts. Workers from Teeters' Furniture Store help put them up, with the aid of a lift apparatus from C&C Equipment Rental.Participating merchants also string the posts with lit candy cane garlands.
Volunteers from Borough Council and the community help decorate the bandstand in Bingham Park, where the "Enchanted Christmas" event takes place this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Carolers, Santa and his friendly Elf (a.k.a. Council President Don Kyzer and Mayor Kevin Hawk), refreshments, a marshmallow roast are all included. Place decorations on the "Angel Tree" in the bandstand. Mayor Hawk and his family supplied the tree in the bandstand.
Meanwhile, the Christmas Star, provided by the generosity of private individuals, shines from the ridge line overlooking Hawley- just in time for this weekend's Hawley Winterfest and the celebration of the season.
See the supplement in this edition for many Christmas events planned during the 15th annual Hawley Winterfest, Dec. 6-8, or visit online at www.HawleyWinterfest.com.