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December 11, 2018

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Lots and lots of decorated Christmas trees

20th annual Festival of Trees underway


By Monty Siekerman
The 20th annual Festival of Trees at Community Health Professionals is underway with the most items ever to bid on: more than 125 holiday items from fully decorated trees to a collection of homemade doilies. The Festival, located at 1200 S. Main, is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. throughout the week.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the week:

• Tuesday, Christmas bingo, 2 p.m.
• Wednesday, Holiday cookie contest, 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Nursing home visits, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
• Friday, Pizza party, 5 p.m. Closing bids, 6 p.m. Pick ups between 6-8 p.m.
• Saturday, Final pick ups, 9 a.m. until noon.

Proceeds from the silent auction of items will benefit CHP hospice services, according to Deb Curliss, organizer of the event.

Deb is pictured here with a unique lawn decoration for the holiday. In the background are four trees decorated by students from Ada, Upper, Allen East high schools and ONU. Visitors may vote on their favorite tree, the most popular receives a trophy for the school. This is a new competition this year.

• Anita and John Dearth look over table after table of Christmas items that were available for youngsters to purchase Monday for only $1. Elves were on hand to help the kids wrap the gifts they purchased. 
• Up for silent auction bid: an electric fireplace, electric throw, $50 VISA gift certificate and more, given by Quest Federal Credit Union.
• Handcrafted doilies made by June Ann Coburn of Vancrest.
• An OSU snowman made by 92-year-old Eurella Scott of Alger.
• A Christmas tree decorated with hats made of yard by Connie Fleming, who was named Ada Distinguished Citizen of the Year last week.