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City Readies for Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1

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As part of the Community Connector Program, the City of Gig Harbor Public Works crew, together with the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), provides the Christmas tree for our community to enjoy. The tree is chosen each year from select limited forestry ranges on JBLM. The City crew cuts and loads the selected tree and transports it back to Gig Harbor for installation at Skansie Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, where it will remain from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Once the tree is placed in Skansie Park, the City Crew fills in any bare spots on the tree prior to placing the lights on the tree.  And this year was no exception.  The tree has been filled out and is ready for placement of lights.

The Community Connector Program partners division units at JBLM with local communities for mutual support and to build lasting ties between service-members and civilian neighbors. The 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade has been partnered with the City of Gig Harbor since 1999. The Program goals are to increase interaction between JBLM and local communities, enhance understanding of today's Army and JBLM, develop and maintain strong and positive community partnerships. 

Special thanks this year go out to the 201st Brigade Command Team, to include the Brigade Commander, Col. Todd Berry; the Brigade Executive Officer, Lt. Col. Mark Swanson; the Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Melendez; and Staff Sergeant Chris McCullough.

The annual lighting of the tree will take place on Saturday, December 1st. The event will begin with holiday music performed by Spectrum Choral Academy’s Youth and Children’s Chorus at 5 pm. Free hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be provided inside the Skansie Net Shed thanks to the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

At 5:30 pm Santa will arrive via the Gig Harbor Fire Department ladder truck and, together with Mayor Kit Kuhn, will light the tree. Santa will be available at the park following the tree lighting to meet with children and listen to their holiday wishes.