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December 1, 2007

LOCKPORT: Carols, lights bring families to Light Up Lockport

A blanket of new-fallen snow added to the festive holiday atmosphere as Light Up Lockport began Friday night.

Despite the cold, dozens arrived at Ida Fritz Park after sunset to look at the Christmas lights, visit the petting zoo and sing Christmas carols.

Inside the park’s gazebo, visitors huddled together to keep warm, sipping hot chocolate and mingling with Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and one of Santa’s elves.

At the gazebo, Mayor Michael Tucker praised those in the crowd for coming out in spite of the cold.

“I think they’re brave souls,” he said, laughing.

The path around the gazebo was lit up with luminaria candles, marked in memory or in honor of loved ones who have suffered from cancer.

Darlene Lutz of the Relay for Life said she thought the candles would add a nice touch to the evening.

“At the holidays, it’s a way (to honor) those you really miss or who are no longer with you, or people battling cancer,” Lutz said.

The park was also lit up by colored Christmas lights, which were wrapped around the trees and stood in designs around the gazebo.

Event organizer Kathy O’Keefe said she was pleased to see so many attend.

“As soon as it gets cold, everyone wants to snuggle in and stay at home,” she said. “Lockport’s as tough as Buffalo, so we can be out in this weather.”

Valerie Bush brought her two children, 6-year-old Claire and 1-year-old Cedric, to the park to see the lights that Claire dubbed “pretty.”

“I thought it would be fun to bring them to see all the animals and the lights,” Valerie said.

Nearby, a llama and several sheep and goats from the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton stood in a small pen as children petted them.

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