Northborough celebrates annual Tree Lighting

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By Gary Phillips, Contributing Writer

A group of Marion E. Zeh Elementary School third graders pose for a photo at the annual Northborough Tree Lighting. Photo/Gary Phillips

Northborough – Several hundred people gathered to celebrate the Northborough Tree Lighting Dec. 1. The annual tradition dates back to 1968, when the tree was planted in memory of Northborough resident Army PFC Neil R. Ellsworth, who was killed in Vietnam the previous year. Several members of the Ellsworth family were present for the tree lighting, including Mary Kate Ellsworth, who sang the national anthem.

Linnea Henningson led a group of Marion E. Zeh Elementary School grade 3 to 5 students as they sang carols. Cookies and hot cocoa were served. Mama’s Pizzeria and Northboro House of Pizza provided free pizza and collected donations for the Northborough Food Pantry. The event was organized by the Northborough Community Affairs Committee.

Photos/Gary Phillips

The Conway family of Northborough pose next to the Northborough LOVE sign at the annual Northborough Tree Lighting ceremony.
Several hundred people gather on Blake Street to watch the annual Northborough Tree Lighting, a tradition since 1968.
A group of Marion E. Zeh Elementary School 5th graders congregate preceding the Holiday Carols Sing-Along at the annual Northborough Tree Lighting.
Mary Kate Ellsworth sings the national anthem at the annual Northborough Tree Lighting.
Linnea Henningson and Marion E. Zeh Elementary School count down during the annual Northborough Tree Lighting Ceremony.