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SMH Lights Christmas Tree

Stephens Memorial Hospital celebrated the beginning of the holiday season on Wednesday evening, December 3rd, with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree.  A jovial crowd enjoyed the festivities and lighting outside before retiring inside for hot cocoa and refreshments.

Robert Harmon, Chair of the Western Maine Health Board of Trustees welcomed the group stating it was nice that we are able to continue this tradition and Harmon introduced Four on a Match. 

Four on a Match, the female barbershop quartet comprised of Alda Reynolds, Auburn who sings lead, Suzanne Bartlett of Bethel who sings bass, Rosalie Fredricks of Lewiston who sings baratone, and Darlene Glover of South Paris who sings tenor and is also the Nurse Manager of the Emergency Room and the ICU at SMH, serenaded the group with several holiday carols.

Andrea Burns provided the history of the tree lighting program and led the countdown to the lighting.  The Christmas Tree Lighting fundraiser is a tradition that was begun by Alice Cornwall twenty five years ago.  Tree light tickets may be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one and are posted on a board in the hospital lobby as well as published in the annual report.  The funds generated by the event allow Stephens Volunteer Services toward scholarships and equipment purchases for the hospital and continues to enjoy much success thanks to the commitment of the community.

The fundraiser continues thru December 31, 2008.  Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in the hospital Coffee Shop or in the Administration office.

Stephens Volunteer Services and Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

Photo Credit:  Robert Harmon and Andrea Burns stand with the ladies of Four on a Match who serenaded the group at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at SMH.  L-R Rosalie Fredricks, Alda Reynolds, Suzanne Bartlett, and Darlene Glover.

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