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Cub Scouts set to continue luminary tradition in Glenwood Circle

Sometimes it’s hard to find time to relax during the holiday season.

There are parties to attend and presents to wrap.

Slowing down seems impossible.

For those needing to take a break from all the hustle and bustle, the Glenwood Circle neighborhood and surrounding areas will again be lit with luminaries providing for a peaceful and awe-inspiring outing.

For more than 20 years, passersby have had the opportunity to enjoy the luminaries that line the streets, and this year the display begins at sundown Saturday.

What began with the homeowners has been passed on to a local Boy Scout troop, and since 2012 Cub Scout Pack 7 has continued the decades-long tradition.

Gregory Sparks, who is the Cubmaster of Pack 7, said the cub scouts will begin setting out the paper lanterns at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.

“We really enjoy doing this for the neighborhoods. It’s a special neighborhood and the folks really enjoy it,” Sparks said.

More than four cubic yards of sand is used to fill the candle-lit white bags for the more than 5,000 luminaries that will be placed along the streets.

Sparks said residents are responsible for lighting the candles and the removal of the lanterns after use.

Setting out the luminaries is a fundraiser for the pack, Sparks said, with proceeds going towards camping trips.

“We will also use it for the Boy Scouts of America national fees,” he said.

The national fees doubled, Sparks said, after their dues had been set for the year.

Currently, there are 22 members of the pack, Sparks said, representing most of the schools, both public and private in Warren County.

In addition to being a fundraiser, the luminary project also serves as a service project for the scouts as well as an outdoor activity.

Sparks encourage everyone to get out and see the luminary lined streets.

“It’s beautiful out there,” he said.

Cub Scout Pack 7 is chartered by the Knights of Columbus Council 898.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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