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Unique campaign to bring new holiday lights to Chambersburg

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 24, 2013 3:14 AM

(Chambersburg) -- Downtown Chambersburg is lit up every holiday season with thousands of bulbs, but now the Franklin County community is hoping to overhaul the display by trying a different fundraising method.

Chambersburg's Downtown Business Council is collecting money via Kickstarter, the online fundraising tool.

While $15,000 is needed, the goal has been set at $5,000.

If it's reached, the group can at least that much -- and anything above is just a bonus.

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Photo by Markell DeLoatch/Chambersburg Public Opinion

"We looked at the economic environment, and everybody is looking for sponsors and large donors and I would much rather get the community involved on a lower level. $5, $10, $25 donations. Give them a sense of ownership and get the job done without a lot of economic pain to anybody by asking for a large donation," says Mark Miller of the Business Council.

"We're a pretty frugal group, so every year we get together and we repair the old lights and replace the bulbs. If the sockets are worn out, we would replace those. We've just spent a lot of years making things last, and I think it's time for a change. And we've done what we could but we're hoping to switch it all out and go greener and go LED over the next year or so." 

The new bulbs are 90% more efficient, and Miller says they come very close to replicating the warm yellow glow of the current bulbs.

A pledge of support can earn an ornament on a Thank You tree in downtown, a slot in the 2014 Christmas parade in the borough, or even a ride with Santa.

The Kickstarter campaign ends January 2nd, and the light replacement is scheduled to start soon after.

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