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And what to our wondering eyes should appear!

Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Hammer, Caputo, Placencia, Beaver and Jones (from left) collaboratively conquer the towering task before them.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year's fundraiser.
Placencia, an Army ROTC cadet who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant later this month, affixes a ball filled with ribbons from a prior year’s fundraiser.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
Nearing the end of the line, Beaver (left), Jones and Caputo fill in the gaps with one final strand.
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall ...
No longer a work in progress, the tree awaits nightfall …
... when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)
… when the landscape becomes magically and magnificently complete! (Photo by Tim Wegman, student photographer)

Five members of Penn College’s active military community made quick work of their year-end assignment on Thursday afternoon, hanging stars and other ornaments on the Veterans Holiday Tree outside Madigan Library. General Services employees strung colored lights before Thanksgiving, and this week’s crew capitalizing on the time-saving use of wire, rather than individually placing each star closed out its mission in less than a half-hour. The tree is across Hagan Way from The Major General Fred F. Marty, USA Retired, Veterans & Military Resource Center, whence the decorating team mobilized: Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and students Nathan L. Caputo, of South Williamsport, building construction technology; Nick J. Hammer, of Lock Haven, information technology: network specialist concentration; Emily J. Jones, of Avis, accounting; and Andrew Placencia, of Reading, automotive technology management. There are 339 stars on the tree this year, honoring members of the Penn College family who self-identify as veterans or active-duty servicemen and women.