Crofton tree lighting marks official start of holiday season WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

NEIGHBORS

December 08, 1992|By SUE HALLER

The Christmas season is officially here, now that the Crofton Christmas tree lighting ceremony has taken place.

Crofton Civic Association President Ed Dosek presided over the Sunday ceremony, which also featured the Crofton Community Singers crooning Christmas carols and Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck. The jolly old man arrived to the tune of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Saturday, members of the New Town Club and Crofton Cub Scouts, residents of the Crofton Convalescent Center and children from the Crofton Woods Elementary School Open Door program fought the cold and wind to decorate the tree.

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If your kids haven't received a healthy dose of Christmas television specials, come to the Crofton library at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The library will present a Christmas program full of seasonal songs and stories for kids of all ages. While there, look at the glass display case full of a collection of Santa Claus pins, figurines and ornaments. The collection belongs to Diane Gallow of Crofton.

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The Crofton Chamber of Commerce is embarking on a membership campaign, and Martha Stanley-Brown, of Long and Foster Realty, is leading the membership committee. Other members include Mike Allen of Prudential Insurance Co.; Lind Brown of Long and Foster; and Mike Finelli of Primerica Financial services. Anyone interested in joining the chamber should contact Stanley-Brown at 721-5000 or the chamber at 721-9131.

* The chamber will conduct its annual Christmas party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday at the Walden Golf Club, 1500 Riedel Road.

The chamber also is looking for members to participate in the Route 3 Crofton-Bowie corridor study, which examines transportation options. Call the chamber office at 721-9131.

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Join Santa for lunch at the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, 2380 Davidsonville Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The meal consists of hot dogs, cheese curls, juice, Christmas goodies, coffee and tea. Admission is $3.50. Have your picture taken with Santa for $4.50. The event also features a gingerbread house and a raffle for a remote-control fire engine.

Advance reservations are suggested. Call 261-0676.

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The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to distribute literature and present information at several county health fairs. Training is provided. For more information, call 261-6000.

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The Greater Crofton Newcomers Club will once again sponsor its annual illumination contest. For more information or to enter, call 261-3925.

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The Crofton Town Hall is not the only place you'll find a beautiful Christmas tree. The Crofton Country Club also has one to show off. The club's annual tree-lighting ceremony is planned for 7 o'clock tonight. Members and friends are invited to attend.

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Crofton Brownie Troop 626 helped Crofton Convalescent Center residents decorate cookies. The contingent was led by Nita Jones, Lil Bancharo and Dawn Baxter.

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