December 13, 2013
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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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.