Gov. Chafee Won't Host Tree Lighting at RI Statehouse

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    Protesters attended last year's tree lighting because Lincoln Chafee referred to the tree as a 'holiday tree' (Published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014)

    (NECN) - There will be no controversy this year over a tree-lighting ceremony at the Rhode Island statehouse.

    That's because Governor Lincoln Chafee has decided not to host a ceremony.

    Last year, protesters attended the tree-lighting because Chafee referred to the tree as a "holiday tree."

    Student choruses will perform at the statehouse instead.

    A spokeswoman says Chafee is focused on more important matters now.