Luzerne Co. Christ­mas tree lighted Thurs­day

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - — Eric Mark

WILKES-BARRE — More than 6,000 hol­i­day lights sparkled all at once as the Luz er ne County Christ­mas tree was lighted Thurs­day evening in the ro­tunda of the county court­house.

The tree-light­ing cer­e­mony fea­tured mu­si­cal per­for­mances by Dave Rescav­age, the Holy Redeemer High School hand­bell choir, the Wyoming Val­ley West Mid­dle School Spar­tan Singers and Be­yond Har­mony, an a capella group from Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity.

Ben­jamin Harned, son of Bar­bara Harned, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary to county Judge Tina Gart­ley, lighted the tree.

Rabbi Roger Lerner, of Tem­ple B’nai B’rith, lighted a Hanukkah meno­rah.

This year’s hol­i­day tree came from He­len and Ed’s Tree Farm in Dor­rance Twp., county Man­ager David Pedri said. It was “born and raised in Luzerne County, like so many of us in this room,” Pedri told a stand­ing-room-only crowd that filled the ro­tunda.

County em­ploy­ees Jen­nifer Thomas and Sandy Shaw dec­o­rated the tree, Pedri said. Long­time county em­ployee Mark Krakowski, famed as the keeper of the county Christ­mas tree for more than a decade, re­tired ear­lier this year.

DAVE SCHERBENCO / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Sarah Liskow­icz of the Holy Redeemer Hand­Bell Choir plays at the event.

Ben­jamin Harned looks up at the Court­house Christ­mas Tree af­ter trig­ger­ing the lights dur­ing Thurs­day’s an­nual light­ing cer­e­mony at the Luzerne County Court­house.

Luzerne County Man­ager David Pedri was mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the Christ­mas tree light­ing.

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