Christmas in the Park to be held this weekend

By Rebecca Zemencik, Managing Editor •

Rebecca Zemencik/Citizen-Standard Photo The local Brownie’s group is participating in the Christmas tree decorating contest this weekend at Christmas in the Park at Valley View Park. Amber Lettich, Cathy Klinger and Christine Lettich were decorating the tree with the rest of the troop on Saturday morning gearing up for this weekend’s main event.

VALLEY VIEW – Girl Scout Troops and local organizations and businesses braved the cold weather Saturday morning in the Valley View Park to decorate live Christmas trees for a new event being held this weekend.
Christmas in the Park will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. This is a new event that the park association and several local women have brainstormed to become a reality.
Dave Williams, president of the Valley View Park Association provided some history and gave a tour of the park and shared the plans for the event Saturday, while the Christmas trees were being decorated.
Newton Koppenhaver who was a farmer was the last resident in the Valley View Park. In 1910, Koppenhaver’s barn was struck by lightning and burned down. His family moved out of the park shortly thereafter. His family would have been the last people to actually celebrate Christmas in the park.
Williams said after the fire, the cut stones from the foundation of the bank style barn remained in tact. The inside of the stone walls were reinforced with cement and the stones became the foundation for a new building now known as the eating house.

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