WARREN - For the past five years, members of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association have placed luminaries along Mahoning Avenue to welcome in Christmas Day.
The lit sidewalks on both sides of the road are an attractive reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.
Lou Lepro and 12 other members of the association spent Tuesday afternoon placing more than 400 luminaries on both sides along the heavily traveled Mahoning Avenue from the First Presbyterian Church, north to School Street.
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Members of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Association prepare luminaries Monday evening for placement on Christmas Eve along Mahoning Avenue in Warren. Putting in candles and sand are Carol Ammons, Kathy Lepro, Barbara Katzenberger and Charlotte Stover.
''It really brightens up Mahoning Avenue for all those traveling to church or the downtown area or visiting people in the city. Mahoning Avenue always gets a lot of traffic,'' Lepro said.
He said years ago the Presbyterian Church placed luminaries outside the church along the street.
''Our group decided five years ago it would be nice to start placing the luminaries up again. It really makes the city look nice for the holiday and provides a little something more for people to see at Christmas,'' he said.
The luminaries usually stay lit until around midnight, he said.
Monday afternoon, the association met at McFarland and Sons Funeral Home's garage where they assembled the luminaries.
Lepro said it was like an assembly line working in the garage with sand and candles added to each white luminary bag.
Jim McFarland, a member of the association, provides the space for putting together the luminaries.