Northwest NEWS

December 24, 2001

Editorial

Holiday tree lighting was a bright, happy event

The city of Duvall and the Duvall Chamber of Commerce wish to express their sincere gratitude for the wonderful community spirit and contributions of many people who helped create the holiday tree lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 8.
   Despite wind and rain in the preceding week, a team of volunteers from Puget Sound Energy, spearheaded by Greg Rodriguez and Paul Polacek (both residing in Duvall) and Asplundh's Don Williams (Fall City) and the city's own maintenance crew supervised by Jerry Marlette worked together to decorate the tree.
   Duvall True Value Hardware not only donated the heavy-duty lights for the tree, but also tracked them down from across the country in order to get them here on time.
   Sunny Ruthchild of Gardens and Sunspaces was hoisted to the top of the 100-foot cedar tree where she helped place the giant star. The tree is located at the base of Stephens Street just behind the Duvall Cafe and can be seen all around the valley.
   Attempting to revive some of the spirit and activities of Duvall's past holidays, Margie Coy and the Chamber of Commerce coordinated their donation of holiday wreaths to businesses on Main Street. Volunteers from Coldwell Banker Bain strung white lights in the street trees in Old Town while students from Cedarcrest High School hung cedar swags that were handmade by the high school's horticulture class. Red bows were assembled by Dana Kallander (Kallander's Gifts) with Eva Stroud (Duvall Handcrafter and Flowers) and Diane Salz. Volunteers also hung the bows with large candy canes on the Woodinville-Duvall Bridge.
   On Saturday, the evening started with carolers assembling at the Duvall Church who piled into pickup trucks to tour the town. Though the number of trucks that showed was fewer than promised, Brandy Allard saved the day with his huge flatbed and big heart, and Dave Goode drove the remaining group through the city in a pickup.
   While the trucks roamed the streets with carolers, Gearhart Jorgenson of Jorgenson Enterprises steered his team of horses around the river trail giving free rides to children and adults, and Paula McDonald (Pumps and Grinds) led the singing of holiday songs at the bonfire near the base of the tree.
   Cider and cocoa were offered under Safeway's big awning and Bank of America provided cookies for the large crowd that gathered.
   The city of Duvall's own Bobby Patterson did the red-suit honors and rode atop Fire District 45 fire engine in a festive colorful parade through town that ended at the bottom of Stephens Street which was lined with luminaries.
   When the switch was finally lighted, the huge tree with its dancing white lights lit up the faces of the crowd that had gathered.
   Thank you everyone for making a bright and happy holiday event.
   City of Duvall