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Lake Region business group cancels Haunted Heights

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

The Keystone Lake Region Business Association has canceled its Halloween event, Haunted Heights.

Secretary and Treasurer Deborah Etheridge has spearheaded the South Lawrence Boulevard trick-or-treat event over the last eight years.  However, when she could not continue this year, and no one else in the association could assume her responsibilities, the business group canceled the event.

Etheridge added that the project was originally intended for downtown businesses to thank the community and to provide a safe place for local children to trick or treat.

However, over the past few years, merchants noted that many of the participants came from outside the Keystone Heights area, some as far away as Gainesville and Palatka. With around 4,000 participants last year, the event had outgrown its original purpose.

Etheridge said some South Lawrence Boulevard businesses plan to join neighborhood residents and pass out candy on Oct. 31.

She also said the business association is evaluating the possibility of producing another fall or Halloween event in the future.

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