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CROWD WATCHES as a Chinese lantern is illuminated just before release on Dec. 13, shortly after the tree lighting ceremony. The lanterns are classified as pyrotechnics and require a licensed handler.

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The Last Lantern

Paper lanterns enthralled the crowd at the Dec. 13 downtown holiday tree lighting event, but it will be the last year the Chamber of Commerce sets the flame-lit ornaments aloft, according to Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover.

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