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It's time for StarShine in Penn Yan

PENN YAN—The village welcome to the holiday season is Friday. Dec. 3. StarShine is the community’s celebration. Main Street is closed just after dark and the area is transformed into a giant party. Activity stretches from Chapel Street to the Main Street bridge. Downtown, activities begin at 5 p.m., with music to set the mood of the event.
Music is a traditional part of the festival and several groups will contribute songs of the season. Musical performances are scheduled on the StarShine stage and in Milly’s Pantry. Penn Yan Elementary School students will sing early in the evening, followed by a Community Singalong led by the Penn Yan Academy select choir. Another popular feature is signed Christmas music conducted by Judy Hillyard. The number of participants in this unique interpretation of the music increases each year.
Members of Penn Yan Bible Church will present excerpts from their production of The Ornament. Tucked around the corner at Elm Street Barber Shop, youngsters can enjoy having designs painted on their faces from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. In addition to music and many vendors, alpacas will even visit StarShine.
There will be more activity at the north end of the street this year, Yates County Chamber of Commerce President Mike Linehan called that area “Church Corner,” because of the number of activities there this year. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will present a Living Nativity Scene. Directly across the street, there will be a “Nativity Stroll” at Penn Yan United Methodist Church. Visitors will be able to view collections of Nativity Scenes that have been brought to the site for StarShine.
For more than 20 years, the Miss Penn Yan program has been part of StarShine. The program is sponsored by Yates County Women,  Chapter of NYS Women, Inc. The program recognizes the many contributions that are being made by young women in the Penn Yan Central School District. (See related story on page 13.)
Many activities are part of StarShine and will take place on Dec. 3. The earliest is the annual Pancake Day sponsored by Yates Habitat for Humanity. This popular event offers lunchtime serving at St. Michael’s Church Hall on Liberty Street from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. as well as dinner from 4:30 until 7 p.m. Oliver House Museum has an Open House from 5 until 9 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides will be available throughout the evening.
Special events on Main Street are:
6 p.m. Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree in the Mini Park starts the activities. Penn Yan Lions Club has sponsored the tree for decades.
7 p.m. Santa Claus arrives. Santa will visit with children at Community Bank on Main Street,
7:30 p.m. Community Singalong led by the Penn Yan Academy select choir.

8 p.m. Miss Penn Yan program and crowning of Miss Penn Yan 2011.
This year’s Miss Penn Yan candidates and their sponsors are:
Alyssa Broome, sponsored by Penn Yan Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps Explorer Post #6144
School Activities: JV Basketball, Helping Us Build Better Assets (HUBBA), Class of 2013 treasurer, volunteering at Penn Yan Elementary Pre-K and elementary school events, honor roll, Academic excellence letter
Community activities: Town of Jerusalem swim instructor, Rotary exchange program, Explorer Post treasurer
Essay: To improve Penn Yan, I would have the community come together to fix up this beautiful town we live in. Everyone would find something to do like planting gardens around town, fixing up the local playground, houses and buildings to enhance what a great town we already live in.
Rachel Gaston, sponsored by Milly’s Pantry.
School Activities: Varsity tennis, Masterminds for four years, Drama Club, flute, Academic excellence, Honor Roll.
Community activities: Volunteers at Milly’s Pantry, PYTCO, PYTCO Youth counselor, member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and their youth group, also an acolyte and has been on two mission trips to New Orleans and Maryland. Girl Scout. Mows lawns during the growing season.
Essay: I would shed light on hunger issues, if I was in charge of Penn Yan for a day. I would give a presentation to churches and civic organizations about hunger in my community. These groups could donate food to Milly’s Pantry, which is working to alleviate hunger locally.
Carolyn Smith, sponsored by Penn Yan Lions Club
School Activities: Cross Country, lacrosse, Ski Club, HUBBA, Interact Club, Vice president of Girls Athletic Association, Varsity scholar athlete, band, Academic excellence, vice president of class, member of Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Community Activities: St. Michael’s Church, 4-H, works at Valley Inn, worked at PYCSD during summer 2010.
Essay: If I were in charge of Penn Yan, I would ask every student in grades nine through 12 to shadow a local entrepreneur. This would teach students the responsibility carried by a business owner. If every person in our community had the entrepreneurial spirit our community would be better off.
Ashley Tillman, sponsored by Penn Yan Kiwanis Club.
School Activities: Drama Club, Select choir, yearbook staff, HUBBA, Pep club, International Club, All State, All County, NYSSMA solo festival.
Community activities: Member of Benton United Methodist Church, volunteers for church and Christmas for the Needy, recognized by Penn Yan Rotary Club as a PYA Outstanding Youth in October 2008.
Essay: If I were in charge of Penn Yan for a day, I would find a way to get information out to the community about the issue of poverty in our town. Hopefully by informing our community of these problems, we will be able to end them and start working on how to end them in our country and the the whole world.
Darcie Travis, sponsored by Catholic Daughters of America, St. Michael’s Court 1173.
School activities; PYA Art club, varsity bowling team, JV tennis.
Community activities: Active in St. Michael’s Church, baby sits.
Essay: I would like to fix up the park near the Corner Cafe so local children can have a safe but fun place to play. This is an in-town park. Then people wouldn’t have to drive all the way to Red Jacket Park to have a fun, safe place to play.
Alyssa Broome is in the 10th grade at Penn Yan Academy. The other candidates are in 11th grade.



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