December 12, 2012 - The spirit of Norman Rockwell is alive, well and thriving in the Village of Leonard.
Flipping the switch to light Leonardís Christmas tree (shown below) is Leonard Elementary second-grader Gillian Kaltz. Sheís the daughter of Melvin and Tina Kaltz, who own and operate the North Oakland Literacy Center on Forest St. in Leonard. (click for larger version)
On Saturday night, members of the small community, young and old, gathered at downtown's Rowland Hall for the official lighting of the village's Christmas tree.
There was no slick marketing of the event, no slogans, no fanfare, no Tweets. It was just a simple ceremony; the kind you'd expect in a rural small town that hasn't forgotten its roots.
After a prayer was said and the tree was lit, the group sang Christmas carols, ate homemade cookies, enjoyed hot beverages and listened to a delightful story read by longtime resident Marlene Mallia.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.