Easton Needs $25,000 For New Peace Candle

City will begin fundraisers for a new version of its famous holiday decoration.

Easton's is a longtime holiday tradition, but there have been years where it didn't go up.

One of those years was 1961. Instead of the candle, the city just hung decorations from the bugler at the top of the monument in .

"It was the ugliest thing I'd ever seen," said Mayor Sal Panto.

The city might have been able to get away with not putting up the candle 50 years ago. But these days?

"You'd be hung from the bugler, and it wouldn't be nice," Panto said at a news conference Tuesday at .

In order to keep 2012 from being another candle-less year, the city's holiday committee is launching a fundraiser to upgrade the giant holiday decoration.

"We need a new candle," Panto told reporters. "We thought this one would last to 2014," but it doesn't meet safety standards.

Panto said the city can upgrade the candle -- keeping its basic skeleton while replacing the skin and "flame" on top -- for $25,000.

He said the city will take on the responsibility of putting up and taking down the candle.

"But if the residents want the candle, they have to contribute," he said.

Panto will lead a corporate fundraising effort, reaching out to local companies and service organizations.

The Easton Holiday Committee will run a series of community-based fundraisers as well, said Sandra O'Brien-Werner, who heads the committee:

  • "Blaze the Trail," a walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 or three for $25, and ticket-holders are eligible to win an iPad 2.
  • A costumed dance at on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The annual "Light a Night" fundraiser: donate $30 in honor of a loved one and help keep the candle lit.

Panto said the city will also resume selling "shares" in the Peace Candle, a practice that began years ago to fund the current version of the candle.

This will be the fourth incarnation of the Peace Candle, although Panto said it will look pretty much like the one that came before it.

One key difference: The new candle will lose the blue "wax drippings" that were part of the third candle, Panto said.

"Off-white candles have off-white wax," he said.

A website for the fundraiser -- www.eastonpeacecandle.org -- should be live by the end of the week, O'Brien-Werner said.

Walt August 21, 2012 at 07:44 PM
FINALLY!!!!!!! It's still an ugly monstrosity, but at least the drippings will match the color of the candle. How much money will they accept to keep the new one from being built?
Andy Novick August 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Use the money for much needed bike racks!
another point of view August 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
“Bah, Humbug.” Or should I quote, “Darkness is cheap and Scrooge liked it.” I assure you that for every person passionate about this overgrown lighthouse there are those who would not shed a tear if the enormity would simply cast off some evening and float down the Delaware. (Perhaps, a South Jersey town would find it, mistake it for a whale and label it as a monument to Moby Dick.) I do not share the attitude that failure to erect a candle would lead to a public lynching. I would expect that a monument would be erected to celebrate the missing “great white torch”. In fact, a monument has been built and would cease to be shrouded every holiday season. The “Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come” assures me that future holiday celebrations will be about the lost meaning of Christmas. We have lost that connection to Christmas; political correctness renamed it the “peace candle”. Christmas is for all of us heathens. As Dickens wrote, at Christmas we all enjoy a childlike “humor and laughter in face of an infection of disease and sorrow”. Christmas brings out our best human attributes such as charity. Our spare change belongs in the “poor box” at Christmas time and should not be building monuments to a holiday. Merry Christmas. “God Bless Us, Everyone.” (There are people who do not care for the candle, and I commend the mayor for seeking private donations and not using public funds for this purpose.)
Moving forward August 22, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I think there are more important uses for the money, like keeping the streets safer by hiring more police. Kids need afterschool programs to keep them off the streets and keep their minds busy. Guiding the teenagers and smaller kids is important. Maybe a police athletic league?
Andy Novick August 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
use the money for the skate park! it is known that a town that has a skate park reduces crime, cause the kids have something good to do instead of get into trouble..
bill frome August 23, 2012 at 03:22 AM
BS Show me some proof?????
Tom Coombe (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I see bike racks all over Easton, Andy, but there's never any bikes in them.
Andy Novick August 23, 2012 at 08:07 AM
Thats because they are not put where bikers go...but go the the library, and they are full, and as soon as Easton catches on, there will be more bikes..First, Easton has to get rid of the hills here..they are murder on your legs...
Andy Novick August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Dear Bill Frome: It is a fact that after skate parks are built, crime goes down, kids lose weight, etc..read this article, one of many about how a skate park help save a poor town with Native Americans (Indians to you) from drugs, crime and illness: The Nashoba Youth Foundation is bringing skate parks to youth in rural southeast Native Oklahoma. The Foundation has been the driving force behind the construction of two skate parks. One is in Poteau, Oklahoma, called Skatepark off Broadway, which is about 13 miles from Heavener. And Heavener will be expecting a skate park as well called Nashoba Skatepark that will be built early Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/12/08/nashoba-youth-foundation-open-skateparks-for-a-healthy-indian-country-65875 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/12/08/nashoba-youth-foundation-open-skateparks-for-a-healthy-indian-country-65875#ixzz24MrLaNB2
Andy Novick August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
To Tom Coombe... Hey Tom, How is this for a simple solution, costs nothing, why not move 1 bike rack that is not being used and put it in front of McDonalds...problem solved!
John Rodgers September 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I feel like this money can be used for other things, but i guess the city can do as they please. i ride my se road bike that i got from 2wheelbikes.com and i think that in my city alone there are better things that can be done with the 25k like bike racks or a safer environment for riders. sometimes money is really wasted and goes down the drain
Andy Novick September 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I already have a solution. We are taking the unused bike rack from downtown and taking it to McDonald s as soon as we get permission from the mayors office. I hope that is before the winter!
Sean Taylor September 12, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I guess thats cool....im big on exercising and jog, ride my bike http://2wheelbikes.com/lager-11-fixed-gear-single-speed-bike.html around the city. i think the only inconvenience would be trying to avoid the constructions zones. just saying.


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