New Castle News

October 25, 2013

’Tis the Season: Downtown readies for holiday cheer

Nancy Lowry
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — As the season’s first snowflakes fell yesterday, New Castle public works crews decorated for the holidays.

The city began last week mounting wreaths, snowflakes and other holiday lights throughout the downtown, South Side and Mahoningtown.

“People ask why we’re out so early,” city electrician Anthony “Monk” Laurenza said. “We have to start early because we have so many lights that have to go up. And we have to complete this before Light-Up Night on Nov. 14.”

Working with Benji Jacob, also a city electrician, and crew members Guy Laurenza, Travis Rogan and Jeff Miller, the group began the work Oct. 15. Once they finish with the  downtown lights, the crew and electricians will proceed to decorate for the Cascade of Lights at Cascade Park.

New Castle public works director Mike Rooney said the Christmas tree will be placed on Kennedy Square sometime within the next two weeks.

The tree, donated by Frazier Tree Farm, will be lit on Nov. 14.

“We’ll have everything in place by Light-Up Night,” he said.

The festivities will include a parade that steps off at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. Entertainment and street vendors will located throughout downtown.

The New Castle News will offer photos with Santa and downtown businesses will have special sales.