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September 12, 2013 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
There is nothing like the Christmas holiday season. Everything changes, or at least is appears to change, in a good way. People become more cheerful, generous and friendly. The hustle and bustle of the season is steeped in good cheer. That is why I like what Martins Ferry Police Sgt. Beth Scales is spearheading in Martins Ferry. She, with the support and sponsorship of the city's police and fire departments, is looking to launch the holidays in expanded and grand fashion in the Purple City. "Christmas in the Park" will be unveiled Nov. 29-30 this year. The city's annual Christmas parade will again be held the Friday after Thanksgiving. But instead of it being a one-night event, the parade will serve as the hub of a two-day celebration. A lighting ceremony will serve as the lead in for the parade. Afterward, good cheer will be emanating from the park through Saturday night. Crafters, vendors, singing and even possibly a portable skating rink will usher in the holiday season like Martins Ferry has never seen before. Scales' plan makes great sense. Why not make use of a beautiful park while also enabling individuals to continue to experience the holiday frivolity? Christmas in the Park will light up and energize the Purple community, but it will also provide local businesses an opportunity to make some added revenue. What's wrong with that? Not only do I see Ferry's holiday park plans being successful, I expect it to be the catalyst for other communities to do something similar.
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