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Montgomery Locals 12/8/2019

By Staff | Dec 11, 2019

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary American Idol Finalist Aaron Kelly was a featured guest at the Montgomery Christmas Parade on Dec. 7. He rode in the back of a festively decorated pick-up truck and threw candy to children and generated excitement from fans of all ages. After the parade, he gave a Christmas concert at the former Christ Lutheran Church on East Houston Avenue.

Christmas cheer was abundant in Montgomery last Saturday when the annual Christmas Parade marched down Main Street. Parade chairman George Nash did an amazing job coordinating it, and it was the biggest one since the Christmas Parade was revived a few years ago. Numerous floats, community organizations, and band members from both Montgomery and Muncy high schools combined to play some Christmas music. They may have all dressed up in “ugly sweaters” but the students looked and sounded great as the played “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Children in town got bombarded by handful after handful of candy from the many parade participants. The parade featured two special guests: Aaron Kelly, the American Idol finalist who rode on the back of decorated truck and threw candy to kids and waved to many adoring fans, and Santa Claus, who rode into town on the back of fire truck with his elves.

After the parade, Santa went to his house on Henry Hand Drive and was greeted by a long line of smiling little kids who waited to tell him what they wanted him to bring. The Lions Club served free hotdogs, cocoa, and coffee to the crowd. While waiting for a chance to talk to Santa, every child 12 and under was given a ticket for a chance to win a giant 11-foot Olaf inflatable yard decoration that was featured on one of the parade floats.

The top three floats were: First place Rustic Events ($100 and a plaque); Second place The Girl Scouts ($50 and a plaque); and Third place The American Legion Post No. 251 ($25 and a plaque). Skylar Hunter was the winner of the inflatable Olaf.

Aaron Kelly then performed at the former Christ Lutheran Church on Houston Avenue. The building’s interior was merrily decorated for the concert. Thank you to George Nash for all of his hard work in coordinating the

parade again this year, and thank you to Shawn Marie Coles for her efforts in bringing Aaron Kelly to town.

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary   Santa Claus and one of his elves greeted a long line of children after the Christmas Parade in Montgomery. He is pictured with Lula Dixon, who requested a pair of roller skates.

THOT “No man is a failure who has friends.” It’s a Wonderful Life

Montgomery Events

Thursday, Dec. 12-Varsity Wrestling Team will have a 7 p.m. home match against Sullivan County.

Thursday, Dec. 12-Montgomery Elementary School will have a Christmas concert featuring the fifth and sixth grade chorus and the sixth grade band will be performing. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Saturday, Dec. 14-Varsity Wresting will have a 1 p.m. home match against Mt. Carmel Area High School.

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary   George Nash, left, coordinator of the annual Montgomery Christmas Parade, posing with Skylar Hunter who had the winning ticket for an 11-foot inflatable Olaf snowman from Disney's Frozen franchise. The inflatable was featured in the parade. Every child under the age of 13 received a free ticket for the drawing.

Saturday, Dec. 14-The Montgomery Area Historical Society will have a special event at the Stone Church. An Open House will be held at 1 p.m. and the Candlelight Christmas Service will begin at 2 p.m. The church is the only remaining building from Alvira and the surrounding lands that was seized during World War II.

Saturday, Dec. 14-The library’s Adult Book Club will meet from 2-3 p.m. Anyone who is interested in books is welcome.

Tuesday, Dec. 17-Montgomery Boys Varsity Basketball Game will have a 6 p.m. home game against CMVT.

Thursday, Dec. 19-Montgomery Varsity Wrestling will have a 7 p.m. home match against Hughesville.

Saturday, Dec. 21-A Community Lunch at the Clinton Baptist Church from 12-2 p.m. The public is invited.

The Montgomery Christmas Committee provides boxes of groceries for a complete Christmas dinner and toys for children. If you need some extra help this Christmas or you know someone that could, please call Virginia

Hill at (570) 547-1254 and provide the names, address, ages, and genders of children for gifts. Please make sure people are referred by December 14 so food can be ordered in adequate quantities. If you can

make a donation, please do! Monetary donations for Christmas can be sent to Virginia Hill, 133 Hill’s Lane, Montgomery, PA 17752. Checks can be made payable to the Montgomery Christmas Committee. Toy

donations can be placed in any Toys for Tots box in the Montgomery Area School District and they will be given to a child that lives in the Montgomery Area School District.