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Donations spur Ford City's holiday spirit

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 12:02 a.m.
SUBMITTED Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership member Paul Klukan attaches lights to one of the town’s new Christmas decorations.
SUBMITTED Terrie Dowling, Paul Klukan, Mike Luke and (far right) Joe Daniels attach lights to Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership’s new Christmas decorations. The hand-crafted angels and candles will line Ford Street for Light-Up Night on Nov. 24 and throughout the Christmas season.

FORD CITY — On the first day of the Christmas season, the Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership will give to thee — 11 candles lighting, two angels trumpeting and a light-up night for everyone to see.

The nonprofit, all-volunteer group's goal for the 2012 Christmas season is to line Ford Street with 11 new lighted candle decorations lighting the pathway to the clock tower that's adorned with two new lighted trumpeting angels.

The new Christmas decorations will be in place in time for the town's annual Light-Up Night celebration on Saturday, Nov. 24 beginning at 3 p.m.

With Christmas trees and decorated homes found throughout the community, store windows adorned with holiday displays and all the town's churches creating the spirit of giving and reminding everyone of the real reason for the season, Renaissance members thought the only things missing from that setting was spirited decorations to line the streets of Ford City.

“Christmas 2012 and many years to come will be remembered with these decorations making Ford City extra special for the holidays,” said Renaissance committee member Paul Klukan. “It's going to be really special.”

The committee selected the two styles of Christmas symbols to mount along the street.

Klukan estimated that buying the lights would have cost about $8,000 and been too expensive for the group.

Instead, they paid for the materials and lights and the cost of having a light-up night from donations and went to work crafting the decorations themselves.

Individuals, churches, businesses and civic organizations contributed to the purchase. The illuminations will be placed with name acknowledgement with a minimum donation of $200 for a candle and $300 for an angel. The drive raised about $2,800.

An engraved plate honoring and in memory of loved ones who contributed to the valued heritage and history of the town and its pride in community will be mounted with each decoration, as well as upon an ongoing wall plaque to be displayed year-round at the borough office.

Ford City has some older Christmas lights on other streets. Snowflake decorations built by Ford City High School students that are currently on Ford Street will be moved to another street to make way for the new lights.

The group has sold all of the decorations except for one of the candles. To purchase it as a $200 or more donation, make payable to FCRCP, Inc., mark it “Pathway of Lights” and send it to Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership. P.O. Box 124, Ford City, PA, 16226.

“The borough doesn't have the money anymore,” said Klukan. “Light-up night was dying in town. That's why we're doing it. We have a great group of people volunteering.”

Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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