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Christmas tree lighting held

The Town of Charlotte Court House recently held its 30th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Charlotte County Circuit Courthouse.

“We really appreciate your support in this community,” said Charlotte Court House Mayor Stephen Walker to those in attendance. “It means a lot to us.”

As the town has been participating in the annual lighting of the Christmas tree for the past three decades, Walker told community members that “we appreciate all that you have done to make that a successful venture.”

He said he looked forward to another 30 years of carrying on the tradition.

The event served as a time of reflection for the community, and a moment of silence was held during the program to remember those lost.

“We’ve lost some close family members in the recent weeks,” Walker said. “Many of you know Lealon Vassar … so, I’d like to give you the opportunity if you have somebody you’d like to lift up now …”

Vassar died Nov. 22 from a sudden illness and was remembered in the community as working in the logging industry and establishing three logging businesses within the county during his time.

His businesses included R&V Mill, R&V Trucking and Pulpwood and Logging, Inc.

Walker said one of the most comforting symbols of the community to him during this time of year is the lighted tree that sits on the courthouse lawn every holiday season.

“I appreciate you making this feel like a friendly place, a welcoming place, and as you see those lights as you pass in and out of town, be reminded of the light of the world that makes this holiday season possible,” Walker said.

Special music for the occasion was provided by Rick Mann, and refreshments were served following the program.