It may be a little over three months away, but members of Clarks Summit's Christmas Coalition want local businesses and residents to start thinking about Christmas right this very minute.
The coalition is seeking sponsors for trees throughout the borough's downtown area. The cost is $125 to sponsor a small tree while large trees cost $225. Sponsorships cover the white lights used as a canopy on the tree's top branches as well as professional installation and signage.
Clarks Summit Borough councilwoman Patty Lawler, who is also the chairperson of the Christmas Coalition, explained that sponsorships for the trees can take on a variety of forms.
"We're going to have interesting pockets of trees in the borouigh," she said. "We will have a large community tree in memory of the late governor Bill Scranton. We're asking the public for donations for that tree as well. They could contribute as much or as little as they want to for it."
Tentative plans for the borough's holiday decorations include most trees decorated in white with the community tree and the main Christmas tree decorated in multicolored lights.
"We are trying to bring a Christmas presence to the borough," Lawler said. "Classic Properties has given us use of their display windows in their new State Street offices."
One such way the coalition wishes to demonstrate the Christmas spirit is through model trains. The set for this year's display was donated by Molly Reid Fornicola in memory of her late brother, James Reid.
"We're looking toward setting up model trains because our theme is 'Home for the Holidays,' Lawler said. "We're looking to bring people home to Clarks Summit."
Lawler also explained that the borough is seeking donations of gently-used Christmas lights and decorations for the town-wide display. Whatever cannot be used will be donated to charity.
Anyone who is interested in participating in or volunteering to help decorate borough businesses or residences is asked to call Lawler at 570-587-4099.