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Valley News Dispatch

Lights make Leechburg look 'fancy' for the holidays

| Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Mark McDermott loves Christmas.

So the retiree from Bethel Township didn’t mind volunteering in the rain Monday, working more than eight hours to help install more than 30 new LED holiday-themed lights on Main and Market streets in Leechburg.

“I have volunteered about five years now, helping out friends and family and the feedback from everyone is that it makes the town look pretty.”

Employees Dennis Cuffia and Russ Zimmerman from Voytex Electrical head up the annual lighting job.

Last week, the trio hung more than 60 retro-style holiday lights in East Vandergrift, too.

Leechburg mayor Wayne Dobos said the best element to this borough beautification project is financial.

“The lights are all financed by fundraising and the private sector,” Dobos said. “We originally started with lights on Market Street and, now, we have almost all of Main Street decorated with lights, too.”

Each hanging LED snowflake light costs about $400.

“The LED lights are great, they save the towns money and are much more efficient,” Cuffia said.

The men said the biggest challenge isn’t the weather.

“It’s working around all of the people, cars and trees — we have to be considerate,” Zimmerman said.

Leechburg’s lights will be lit this weekend to coincide with the “Luminate Leechburg” celebration. The holiday lights usually remain up through late January.

“My daughter loves the lights. She says it makes Leechburg look fancy,” Cuffia said.

Joyce Hanz is a freelance writer.

Volunteer Mark McDermott of Bethel Township has helped hang holiday lights in Leechburg and Vandergrift for five years.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Volunteer Mark McDermott of Bethel Township has helped hang holiday lights in Leechburg and Vandergrift for five years.
Russ Zimmerman (left) and Dennis Coffia (in the bucket) of Voytex Electrical work alongside volunteer Mark McDermott of Bethel Township installing new holiday LED lights on Main Street in Leechburg Monday.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Russ Zimmerman (left) and Dennis Coffia (in the bucket) of Voytex Electrical work alongside volunteer Mark McDermott of Bethel Township installing new holiday LED lights on Main Street in Leechburg Monday.
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