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No Salvation Army in Interlochen this Christmas

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The Salvation Army won't have bell ringers collecting money in red buckets inside the Interlochen neighborhood this Christmas.

In the past the charity has set up a mobile canteen and handed out hot chocolate outside a dentist's office near the entrance of the popular Arlington lights attraction.

But this year the homeowner's association asked the Salvation Army not to return because of complaints that the bell ringers were holding up traffic. There were also concerns that they might give the perception that people would have to pay to see the lights.

Interlochen homeowners have always displayed their lights to the public for free.

The issue came to a head with some telling the Salvation Army to either move or they wouldn't put up their lights. The organization agreed and decided to move about a half a mile up the street.

"We're both very happy with where we are now and we've reached an agreement that works for everybody. So while there was some descent early on, I think we've really reached a good point and both side really view the situation as resolved," said Lt. W. Patrick Jones with the Salvation Army.

Ralph Sobel, head of the Interlochen homeowner's association, said he regrets any perception that the community doesn't like the Salvation Army. He said they were just trying to preserve what they have for the benefit of the public.

Interlochen doesn't officially kick off its light display until Dec. 14.

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