In the true spirit of Christmas, a "sleepy little" town came to life last Saturday night. The sounds of caroling filled the air as the Clockville Methodist Church Choir and youth group rode on a hay wagon around Clockville singing Christmas songs. It has been many years since the town of Lincoln's community came together for any event, but that all changed Dec. 6 when more than 120 people gathered around a small evergreen tree and saw a new tradition emerge.
Town Supervisor Darrin Ball spoke to the town's people of a renewed interest in community participation and hoped that this event would continue year after year.
The family of Edward Guterl donated the tree in honor of Lincoln resident Eva Schultheis who died of cancer in January of 2007. Ball spoke of Schultheis's love and devotion for her family, friends and community.
Ball also took a moment to thank the troops fighting abroad and asked residents to pray for their families and their safe return this holiday season.
After the tree was lit, the church choir and youth group sang carols. The crowd gathered into town hall for refreshments of cookies and hot cocoa. The Lincoln Fire Department donated a sheet cake and ice cream. The Canastota Express Mart provided coffee and the Clockville Methodist Church donated punch to fill a lighted fountain donated by Lucy and Councilman Ron McClain.
Santa was on hand to listen to Christmas wish lists of the children and each child received a "goodie" bag from Santa and his helpers Christina Williams and Jacob Smith.
The town also will hold its first Holiday Home Decorating Contest. Any resident in the town of Lincoln interested in submitting their outdoor lighting display for judging should call the town clerk's office at 697-8837 or email Rwarner14@verizon.net.
Judging will done on Dec. 20 and 21 between 6 and 10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
For more information, visit TownofLincoln.org.