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Christmas committee honors two leaders

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

The Christmas In The Park committee discussed issues regarding the upcoming 2006 festival and honored two people Monday.

Lynn Hostetler, owner of Lynn's Pharmacy, was recognized for his monetary contributions to help make Christmas In The Park possible each year.

"Our community is indebted to you, Lynn. Without your generosity there would not be a Christmas In The Park celebration. After 13 years, we are still going strong. We want to thank you for believing and supporting this organization," said Linda Ray, committee president, in her speech Monday evening.

"For the past 13 years, he has contributed a sizable amount of money for the parade and we have never really honored him in any way," said Mike Petersen, public relations liaison for the committee.

The committee also presented a check to Brazil City Police Chief Mark Loudermilk for the purchase of new reflective vests for patrolmen when policing festivals and parades.

Items of discussion regarded the name of the upcoming festival. "Christmas begins with Christ" was voted on and approved by committee members.

The committee has decided to build a new concession stand for the Forest Park Pool. The committee hopes to complete the stand before the pool opens in May.

The committee has also decided to purchase a new suit for the gentleman that plays Santa Claus. Bill Beeler has been playing Santa for nearly 60 years and has been using the same costume for 20 years. Committee members plan to replace the suit that, according to them, is worn out.

During the meeting, board members were also introduced. They are Linda Ray, president; Lori Brown, vice-president; Nora Kirby, secretary; and Heather Wallace, treasurer.

The committee is looking for new members and more participants to join in displaying lights for the Christmas season. Since the celebration is for the county, the committee would like businesses in area communities to join in the displaying lights and participating in the celebration.

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