Thanks for a great Community Christmas Celebration in Newcomerstown

Editor:

On behalf of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce and the Newcomerstown Historical Society, I would like say a big thank you to several people for helping with the Community Christmas Celebration of caroling and candle lighting on Dec. 13 and 20.

I'm sure I will forget to mention someone and if I do, I apologize in advance.

First, I have to thank the chamber and the historical society for going together and supporting this event. Next, I must thank Dr. Phil Mozena for donating the Christmas tree that we used for the community tree. Than, there is my husband, Denny Ross, for making arrangements to get the tree to its location at the museums for all to enjoy. God bless you, honey.

No Christmas tree is complete without decorations, so thanks goes to Janet and Gary Chaney for the decorations and lights they supplied and helped put up. When we thought we had all the decorating done, the children, teachers and helpers from the East Elementary School came and put a beautiful aluminum foil chain, that they made, on the tree. That chain was the finishing touch and made the tree look finished. Thanks to all who helped make that chain.

Now for the candle lighting and caroling. Thank you goes to Mrs. Barnes and members of the choral group, Expressions, and members of the First Baptist Church for the specials they performed and for leading those in attendance in several carols.

Thank you to Abby Neighbor and Alicia Moore for help in passing out, lighting and collecting the candles. Thank you to the Kellogg's Company for supplying the cookies that we all enjoyed with our hot chocolate after the caroling was finished.

Thanks goes to Lona Arnold for supplying the North Pole mail box for letters to Santa. And thank you to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and greet everyone, and pass out candy canes.

I thank the Presbyterian Church for letting us block off their parking lot for a few hours and for the Baptist Church for giving us permission to use their parking lot if we needed it for extra parking. Also, thank you to the street department for the cones to block off the alley and to Mayor Guy for giving his permission to do that.

I want to thank Mary Watts and all her dedicated volunteers for all their help in decorating the museums and helping with any tours that were taken during this event and for helping serve the cookies and hot chocolate.

And last, but by no means least, I thank everyone who came out to support this event and we hope we helped to make your Christmas a little happier and a little more meaningful.

Marlene Ross

Newcomerstown