©2012 NPT PHOTO BY DUAY O'NEIL
Sarah Stokely, left, and her mother Kellye Stokely display two of Newport's new
Christmas lights. They are heading a campaign to replace the town's shabby
Christmas decorations. Plans call for the new lights to be in place after Thanksgiving.
|Published: 11:27 PM, 10/12/2012
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-A campaign to purchase new Christmas lights for Newport has been launched by Kellye and Sarah Stokely, a mother-daughter team of volunteer workers.
Concerned by the shabby state of the town's Christmas
decorations and the fact the Newport didn't have pretty lights to welcome
visitors to the city, they approached Newport City Council last month with
their plan to "light up" the community with sparkling new angels,
snowflakes, and other signs of the season.
"This is strictly a volunteer program," said
Kellye, "a community service project. Everyone benefits."
Their desire is for businesses, organizations, families,
churches, and individuals to sponsor a light.
"The lights cost $635 each, a cost which includes
shipping," said Kellye. "They are all LED lights."
The City of Newport has given the organizers $4,000 to
buy the first set of lights as a way to kick off the program. "Each set
has an average of six lights depending on the size," said Kellye. "We
already have a sponsor to purchase lights for all eight poles on the McSween
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