Community Christmas Tree Lights Up

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The evening will began with a couple of song by Rhonda Redd, and prayer by Jim Bidewell. Soon as the tree was lit, Christmas Carols were sung to ring in the sounds of the season. -Scott Seal photo

Despite the brisk and cool temperatures, several community folks came out to partake the of the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. The event was held at the Portageville Fire Department where the large Blue Spruce is planted. “This has become such a fun and almost magical event the past couple of years. People talk to me about the tree throughout the entire year and wait in great anticipation for the big night of its lighting,” said Dr. Clint Klipfel, Portageville Chamber of Commerce President. The festivities will then moved to Main Street as guests were invited to Shop on Main Street at local merchants.

The beautiful Blue Spruce tree located in front of the Portageville Fire Department was planted by the late Raymond House. It was planted in the summer of 1981 and the tree was dedicated to the late Richard Elmer "Jintey" Foster. He was the father of Bill Foster of the City. Mr. Foster was also the Fire Chief before Bob Duggins. Since it was on City property, Bill foster and House had to ask for permission from the Council to do so, and of course, it was granted. - Scott Seal photo