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By Denise Bly Published:

On Thanksgiving Day, our community suffered a great loss, turning a season of good hope and cheer into a time of grief and great sorrow. Many feel the deep loss and are asking why, a question to which we may never have an answer.

All we know is that it happened and all we have left are our memories -- memories that no one can take from us. Now, we just have to figure out a way to get through this and carry on as Blake would want us to do. We lost a good man, a father, a son and a friend; a man who was taken from us way too soon.

I offer my condolences and prayers to the Wolfe and Roth families. May God grant you peace and love during this difficult time and know that the community has your back. Blake will be missed.

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Windham United Methodist Church will hold the "Longest Night" service for those who are mourning a loss at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21. The service is for those who have suffered a loss of a loved one; it doesn't matter if it was recent or years ago. They will gather for a quiet time of worship with music, while offering hope and healing to those who mourn during the holiday season.

The church recently hosted a Breakfast with Santa at the Renaissance Family Center. The children had a wonderful breakfast of French toast sticks and a breakfast casserole along with juice and milk. Coffee was available for the adults.

Following the breakfast, the boys and girls had an opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him all their wishes. The church also provided several table activity stations for the boys and girls, including writing a letter to Santa and doing a Christmas craft.

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Windham's tree lighting festivities were held Dec. 8. The evening offered a variety of activities for all ages to usher in the Christmas season. About 100 folks were on hand to hear Claire Alderman read the Christmas Story prior to the lighting of the tree.

Just as the tree was lit, Santa arrived, riding into town on the fire truck, greeting all the children as they anxiously awaited their turn to tell him their Christmas dreams. Santa and the boys and girls took a hayride through the lighted park and township green before he heard all their desires.

Folks warmed up in the town hall with hot cocoa and cookies, did a craft with their kids, or wrote a letter to Santa. The evening closed with a 50/50 raffle and gift basket drawings. Proceeds from the baskets, raffle and hayride went to the park restoration committee for park improvements.

The tree lighting and festivities were sponsored by the Windham Church Community Fellowship, the Windham Village Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Windham Park Restoration Committee. A big thank-you to all those who worked hard to make the event a success.

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Toys for Tots distribution will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Windham Town Hall. New coats, toys and food are still needed. No proof of income is needed to receive food or coats, but toys are limited and will require proof of income. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Paula at 330-285-1334, Dusty at 330-977-7063, or Diane at 330-527- 8051.

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Happy birthday, Dann Timmons! Dann Timmons celebrated 60 years of living on Nov. 17, and his family held a cake and punch reception in his honor Dec. 1 at the Brick Chapel in Windham to commemorate the milestone.

More than 60 friends, family members and community leaders were on hand of help celebrate the event.

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Windham students Mia and Madison Berardinelli are once again collecting gently worn jeans for the homeless as part of Teens for Jeans. Collection boxes are located in all Windham Schools and Sparkle Market. The collection will run from now until February.

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For Windham news, contact Denise Bly at 330-958-2280 or dbly993@yahoo.com.

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