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Rain cancels tree-lighting event


The drippy, dreary weather this past weekend and technical hitches have put a damper on many activities, and prompted city officials first to postpone, then cancel La Vernia’s “Spirit of Christmas” Tree Lighting, which kicks off the festive season each year in La Vernia.

Originally set for Saturday night, the tree-lighting event was postponed to Dec. 7 instead. However, persistent rain all weekend swamped the city park and city officials made the tough decision Monday to cancel the event.

Billie Cantu, in the La Vernia Municipal Development District office at City Hall, told the La Vernia News on Monday that a much-anticipated visit by Santa this week also has hit technical difficulties.

“We received an email from Santa’s elf this morning,” she said. “He informed us that, due to technical difficulties with his weather-monitoring system and GPS, his sleigh is in the shop. Santa will not be able to make it to La Vernia on Wednesday é . He must stay at the North Pole to make sure his sleigh is up and running and in tiptop shape by Christmas Eve.”

A short and sweet ceremony with the Boy Scouts was set for Tuesday evening, to light the tree.

La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory shared his disappointment, but invites community members to enjoy the park throughout the Christmas season.

“é we are very disappointed,” he said. “A bunch of folks have worked hard to make it a great time. However, bring the family to the park next week when it dries up a bit. The tree decorations, along with the gazebo, look fantastic!”

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