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Morriss Favors Adding Virtual Tree Lighting as Ongoing Holiday Tradition

December 2nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Friday’s first ever virtual holiday tree lighting ceremony in downtown Cumberland went so well, Mayor Ray Morriss said he thinks the city should consider continuing live streaming the event in future years — even when things return to normal. The event, which routinely draws upward to a thousand people downtown on the day after Thanksgiving, had to be done virtually this year due to the COVID-19 crowd restrictions. During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Morriss said he was pleased with the finished product.

It was a light agenda for the council with just a few business items handled. Those included approving the awarding of $5,000 in Canal Place Preservation District Residential Façade Improvement Program Funds to 224 Washington Street property owners; and authorized the mayor to sign and accept a FY21 Maryland Heritage Authority Grant in the amount of $5,000 for emergency repairs to Washington’s Headquarters Cabin.