Ambleside Lights Up

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2002

by Catherine Barr

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THERE'S a big evergreen tree that stands at the entrance to Ambleside, but no one seems to notice it much until this time of year when, thanks to the Ambleside Business Association and the WV Fire Dept., the tree gets decked out in it's seasonal best. Over 4,000 lights adorn the tree which can be seen from as far away as Kitsilano. The tree lighting ceremony took place on Dec. 3 as Christmas choirs sang and hot chocolate was served. Business association president Michel Segur of Chez Michel fame greeted dignitaries like Mayor Ron Wood, councillors and members of the chamber of commerce and then the countdown began . . . 10, 9, 8, . . .

PICT0045 Firefighters by day, tree trimmers by night. Jason Nesseth (left), Tom Attieh and Mark Fonseca are always pleased to serve.
PICT0046 Nine-year-old Alexa Barron warms herself with a cup of peppermint hot chocolate from Starbuck's Barbara Wild.
PICT0047 Mary Lou Willows (left) cuddled up to part-time Christmas elf and WV Coun. John Clark and Chamber of Commerce member Sandra Ferros.
PICT0052 Alastair Wade brought his two-year-old son Jacob, who is undoubtedly counting down the "sleeps" until Christmas morn.
PICT0053 Former business association president and current chamber president Dina Zeitler (left) talked with retired firefighter Dave Tyler and wife Ann who do their part to decorate the neighbourhood. The Tyler house is located very close to the tree on Marine Drive and is covered in thousands of lights.

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