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Three Questions With the Mayor: Christmas Tree Lighting, Ongoing Road Work and Community Spirit

Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks answers questions about our community.

In this week's "Three Questions With the Mayor," Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks provides an update on the latest city news and discusses the city's annual Christmas tree lighting.

Dacula Patch: What's new in Dacula this week?

Mayor Wilbanks: Tonight is the, I think, 17th annual Christmas Tree Lighting to be held in historic Downtown Dacula at the gazebo in Olde Mill Park. The City Council and I hope you will join in the festivities this evening. We have been rained out for the last two year (yes, we did light the tree even then). Tonight’s weather forecast is for no rain and cool temperatures.

Dacula Patch: What is something Dacula residents need to know this week?

Mayor Wilbanks: We are continuing our street upgrade program on Mobley Drive this week as the weather permits. Next will be Laura Lane. We ask you to be careful in these areas as the work continues.

Dacula Patch: What is the history behind the annual Christmas tree lighting event in downtown Dacula?

Mayor Wilbanks: The event is designed to recognize and celebrate the holiday season of Jesus’ birth. It was started I believe as a way of increasing community spirit and togetherness. Of course, it is also designed to remind us to spend our dollars locally and to support local merchants and businesses. While we do not have any really special entertainment for tonight, we hope you will come and celebrate with your friends and neighbors. This is the first year of using our planted Christmas Tree at Olde Mill Park. As we grow the Christmas Tree over the coming years, I hope you and your family will set aside the evening of the first Monday after Thanksgiving and help make this a continuing Dacula tradition.

Do you plan to attend the Christmas tree lighting? Let us know in the comments.

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Cindy Kaufman November 27, 2012 at 05:02 AM
My daughter, granddaughter, and I went to the Christmas tree lighting tonight and it saddened me to see less than 25 people in attendance of what was suppose to be a way of increasing community spirit and togetherness. There seemed to be a loss of community spirit, hometown pride and a very poor representation of the total population in the city of Dacula, the city we call home! Where did it go, and can we ever get it back???
Donald Reszel November 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Go and visit the cities of Smyrna, Duluth, Roswell and Alpharetta to see firsthand how to get it back. Taking baby steps towards progress in a community center to bring people together is not productive. It takes more than a Christmas Tree lighting to make it happen.

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