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Remember your loved ones this holiday season
“Love Lights Christmas Tree”
By Kelly Bledsoe
At Christmastime, you usually want to do something to remember your loved ones. This year the Town of Denton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a remembrance Christmas tree in Harrison Park. People can remember a loved one by purchasing an ornament to be placed on the tree.

The “Love Lights Tree” is a way for people to remember a loved one this holiday season. It could be a loved one who has passed away, someone overseas, or someone away from home this Christmas. As well as remembering a loved one, the tree will also raise much-needed funds for the Family Resource Center and provide support for the many projects that the Denton Parks and Recreation Department sponsor throughout the year.

You may make a donation of $5 (or more) in honor or in memory of your loved one(s) this holiday season and an ornament with your name and the name of your loved one will be placed on the “Love Lights Christmas Tree.”

An evening of Remembrance and Honor is scheduled for Thursday, December 4 prior to the Town’s Caroling in the Park. The Parks and Recreation board members invite you to attend the ceremony in Harrison Park at 6:00pm. During the Love Lights ceremony the tree will be illuminated and the names of the donors and those being honored will be read aloud.

Donations are now being accepted. Forms and payment can be dropped off at The Denton Orator. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Denton/P&R.

Donations for the Love Lights ornaments will be accepted throughout the Christmas Season, ending December 31, 2014, however only those donations received at The Orator prior to December 4th will be announced at the Caroling in the Park opening ceremonies. You may pick up your ornament after December 23 until January 5, 2015.


Halloween Street Treat is October 31
The 18th annual Halloween Street Treat is set for Friday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Area businesses; churches and other organizations are encouraged to register now if they intend to participate in this year’s activities. Businesses and organizations located outside the “blocked off” downtown area can set up at the Denton Farmer’s Market or on the sidewalk in front of The Orator office.
The idea of the Halloween Street Treat was born in The Denton Orator office back in 1996 as a way for local businesses to give back to the community by “treating” kids on Halloween. It was an instant hit, with more than 1,000 children going from business to business collecting loads of candy that year. The Street Treat has since grown to be a highly anticipated community event each fall. The Town of Denton Parks and Recreation Committee will host this year’s event.

A list of participating businesses and organizations will be published in the Orator in the weeks prior to the event. If your business plans on participating, please call the Orator office at 859-3131 to register. If you do not register by October 26, you will not be listed in the newspaper as a participating business. Registration can also be made by emailing The Denton Orator at

For more information on the Halloween Street Treat or to register your business, call The Denton Orator at 859-3131.