Washington Evening Journal
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WASHINGTON — Volunteers worked through chilling wind for several hours Saturday morning to place Main Street Washington’s “Lights of Love” trees around Washington’s central park and assemble signs marking each as a memorial for different community members.
Main Street Washington Executive Director Samantha Meyer said she was glad to see so many volunteers throughout the morning, coming from all parts of the community.
“Some of us got here around 9, but the majority started about 10 a.m.,” she said. “We had a couple students that were getting some silver chord hours, lots of family members, board members, and this turnout has been amazing this morning. I’ve heard there were four people here last year doing this, which is wild.”
The work took roughly two-and-a-half hours, as volunteers placed 90 trees around the square. Meyer said it was a record for the fundraiser.
Main Street will light the trees at the square’s lighting ceremony during the Washington SNOW Blitz, Nov. 26, along with the buildings surrounding the square.