Tyrone Christmas lighting fund takes shape

Donations continue to come into the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce for the community’s annual downtown holiday lighting displays.
The Tyrone Christmas Lighting Fund is a separate account of the chamber and is only used to purchase Christmas lights and decorations.
“This is not a chamber slush fund, and we use all the money we collect.” said Rose Black, interim executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
This year money collected will purchase lights for the large pine tree at the Tyrone post office. This tree is illuminated at the annual tree lighting ceremony.
“Last year the lights were purchased for this by Mayor Pat Stoner. The chamber this year is replacing the whole set,” said Black.
The lighting fund also goes to replace or purchase lights on 54 downtown trees at a cost of $40 per set, and for running electricity to all the trees. The chamber is also currently looking for a large holiday decoration for the side of the Pennsylvania House that faces Interstate 99.
Also, two large downtown street banners will be replaced for Pennsylvania Avenue and Tenth Street. These large Christmas banners range in cost from $1,500 to $4,000.
“We may wait to purchase the large street banners in January or February to get the discounted price,” added Black.
The Tyrone Christmas Lighting Fund is still accepting donations. Those interested in donating can use the easy coupon in The Daily Herald or simply make the check payable to the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce. Mail to Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce, 1004 Logan Avenue, Tyrone, PA 16686.
Everyone who gives a donation is recognized and thanked in the newspaper and in the chambers monthly newsletter.