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12/24/08 — Memory lights -- a tribute to a not-so-little girl lost much too soon

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Memory lights -- a tribute to a not-so-little girl lost much too soon

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on December 24, 2008 1:46 PM

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More than 65,000 lights grace a lawn on April Lane -- but the Christmas display at the home of Jim Ballard and his wife, Barbara Hill, is about more than celebration. It's also about remembrance.

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Barbara Hill and Jim Ballard stand next to the 12-foot Christmas tree inside their home.

From the back seat of a slow-moving car, it looks like any other Christmas display -- even if it is a spectacular one. There are thousands of lights, inflatable Santas and snowmen, reindeer and a polar bear -- even a...

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