Controversy over Christmas cross in Sherman

SHERMAN, Conn. (WTNH)–Only days from Christmas and the town of Sherman has dozens of crosses lit up on front lawns around the area after the town pulled the plug on a Christmas tradition. It all started with Tony Hapanowich who lived on the Happy Archers Farm for 82 years until he died last year.

The town bought the farm and now it is dark, including the cross that used to light up the entire valley at Christmas. The town says no religious symbols. Gary Albert Sherman is disappointed.

“That is part of our history I. Have been here. For 46 years and it was here when I came to town. And this is the first year that it is not up there.”

You ask around and people say they don’t know how long the cross has been up on top of the silo. Some saying fifty even sixty years, and when the light on the cross went out this year dozens started popping up on lawns. Dale Horan say it just doesn’t feel like Christmas without the cross, so she put one in her front yard.

“When we read the reason the cross wasn’t here, it was upsetting, and we have to keep the tradition going for tony. And we are just going to put a cross up and a lot of the neighbors have been doing it.”

According to Gary, two residents complained stating that since the town owns the land the cross must go. We did go to the house of one of the people who complained to get their side of the story… They turned the lights out on us on the front door and in their yard… But many in Sherman say they can’t stop the light, Dale Horan says her cross will burn through Christmas.

“Christmas is about Christ, and for the 16 years we have been living here and driving up the street and seeing the cross up on the silo is just a beautiful site.”

People in that town don’t know where the cross went to. They not sure if it is even still on the property or if it has been hauled away.

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