Wister Lake holiday tradition in danger of being cancelled

According to Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, the popular Christmas season tradition "Lights on the Island" may burn out this year at Wister Lake State Park due to the lack of manpower. Wister Lake park officials informed organizers that the park staff would no longer help put up the Christmas lights display or help in any manner that might require manpower from any park employee. “This is an extremely disappointing turn of events”, said Karen Wages with the Poteau Chamber of Commerce”.  Wages said area businesses have helped sponsor the display and helped to man the gates every year from the beginning.  The cost to the park has only been the cost of manpower to help put up the lights and to turn them on and off.  In order to continue the tradition, organizers are seeking volunteers who can help with putting up the display.  “It’s going to require us to find additional sources of labor other than the help of park employees and inmates since park officials have made it clear that they will not participate this year,” said Wages.Those interested in helping save the display should contact the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at 918-647-9178