Award winners do the honors at Lights Around Wheeling celebration

  • Kathy and Mike Burns, left, were chosen to flip the light switch with Village President Pat Horcher during the Lights Around Wheeling celebration Sunday at Friendship Park.

    Kathy and Mike Burns, left, were chosen to flip the light switch with Village President Pat Horcher during the Lights Around Wheeling celebration Sunday at Friendship Park. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • The holiday lights at the corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue came on after the sun went down Sunday during the Lights Around Wheeling celebration Sunday at Friendship Park.

    The holiday lights at the corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue came on after the sun went down Sunday during the Lights Around Wheeling celebration Sunday at Friendship Park. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Andrew Pedersen and his daughter, Adalynn, 4, of Wheeling, enjoy the lights Sunday during the Lights Around Wheeling event at Friendship Park in Wheeling.

    Andrew Pedersen and his daughter, Adalynn, 4, of Wheeling, enjoy the lights Sunday during the Lights Around Wheeling event at Friendship Park in Wheeling. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • The holiday lights at the corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling came on during a lighting ceremony Sunday.

    The holiday lights at the corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling came on during a lighting ceremony Sunday. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/21/2021 6:09 PM

Kathy and Mike Burns bring the holiday spirit to Wheeling every year by giving away Thanksgiving meals, wrapping presents during the Shop with the Cops event and even portraying Santa and Mrs. Claus in the village's Lights Around Wheeling celebration.

So it was only fitting Sunday that the couple, this year's recipients of the village's George Hieber Citizenship Award, did the honors in joining Village President Patrick Horcher in switching on town's holiday lights display.

 

"It's an honor," Mike Burns said. "I hope everyone enjoys the season."

The display will remain through the holiday season at Friendship Park, on the northeast corner of Dundee Road and Milwaukee Avenue.

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