Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Towns Host Holiday Light Up Activities

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Towns Host Holiday Light Up Activities

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Holiday activities are planned in several West towns. Here's a roundup of some events:

Carnegie - The Christmas holidays in Carnegie will begin today and Saturday.

The borough's annual light-up night will take place at 6 p.m. in the PNC parking lot, 2 W. Main St. Hailey Baker and Kylie Gillis, both of Carnegie and both students at Carlynton High School, will serve as mayor and deputy mayor for the tree-lighting. Ms. Baker will flip the switch to light the tree, signaling the start of the borough's holiday season. The pair also will meet Carnegie Police Chief Jeffrey Kennedy, and get rides in a police car and a fire engine.

"They're sweet, sweet girls," said Mayor Jack Kobistek. "We're trying to give them the royal treatment."

Ms. Baker, 19, recently spent five months in the hospital and is back at school now. She will assume the role of mayor. According to her father, Tom, it's a position that's perfect for her.

"Haley loves people and she knows more people than I do. She makes everybody smile," he said.

Ms. Gillis, 18, will act as deputy mayor.

"She's very excited. She and Hailey are best friends," said Kylie's mother, Michelle Barber.

Additional activities will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, where Santa Claus will put in an appearance at 11 a.m. Besides treat bags and gifts, there will be activities for the kids, such as making crafts and ornaments and watching Christmas cartoons.

Festivities will then continue in the business district, where a window decorating contest will be underway and an ice-carving demonstration will take place at Carnegie Coffee Co. Free cookies will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. during the Carol Covi Cookie Break at Bob's Diner, 211 Mansfield Ave. The cookies will be offered in memory of the late Carol Covi, a councilwoman who loved children and organized the borough's Childrens' Events Committee. …

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