Flynn: A little holiday magic — and determination — keep Christmas tree alight
By Barbara Flynn
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
The answer isn't an elf, or a bucket truck or Christmas magic.
The question is, of course, how in the world does that large pine tree at the intersection of Hahntown-Wendel Road and Barnes Lake Road have Christmas lights all the way up to the top?
The answer is Andrew Glagola, who is the owner of the property where the tree stands — and sometimes his grandson Brandon, according to Scott Glagola, son of the head light-stringer.
To hang those lights, Andrew climbs the tree — yes, all 75 feet of that massive pine. And he does it every year, when the weather is accommodating and has for at least the last 15 years. The lights do stay in the tree all year, but weather and other issues do ruin some, which forces replacement. And you thought you had Christmas light issues!
The tree always is multicolored and if, for some reason, you haven't seen it, take a road trip. Scott said he has been told it's not the Christmas season until the tree is turned on. If you see Andrew on the front porch, give him a wave.
One more thing — you also will recognize the house by the Peanuts characters along the front porch — Lucy, Charlie Brown, the whole gang, even Snoopy and his doghouse. Scott made that whole set, and no, it's not for sale. And yes, plenty have asked. It's a one-of-a-kind set and will remain that way, at least for now.
But if you desire just a Snoopy and his humble canine abode, Scott can make that happen.
As anyone who has traveled Barnes Lake Road can tell you, there are times in which it's not easy to smile during the journey.
Andrew Glagola and family have changed that, even if it's just for a few weeks.
Now, isn't that some ho-ho-holiday magic?
Barbara Flynn is the children's librarian at Norwin Public Library.
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