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This is the final column of 2012 and I would like to thank some special people that I have dealt with on community items. The first one is Laura Rogers of Randolph. She has been the main force behind fundraising for years for the Randolph Historical Society. Laura and her fellow historical society member, Nita Laubert, can be found at community events selling Randolph-related items for the society.
Thanks, Laura and Nita.
The next thanks goes out to Don and Maxine Knapp of Atwater. They have been very active in their communities for years. You will not meet a nicer pair.
My next thought as I am writing this is that there are so many people in both communities that make them both a great place to live, work and play, thanks to them all.
Being the Christmas Season the next person that comes mind is the lady that is the driving force behind all the beautiful decorations around the Randolph Town Center. Susan White of Randolph has always decorated her portion of the town center beautifully and this year with the help of the Randolph Garden Club and donations from many others, the beauty has extended to the Gazebo area. If you look up in the Belfry in the town hall, the wonderful star was constructed and installed by Bruce Wagner of Randolph.
Thanks to Sue and all those responsible for the holiday decorations.
Randolph Holiday Market was held on Dec. 1 and was a great success again this year. Everyone who attended enjoyed the holiday atmosphere and had the chance to purchase items from many great vendors.
As usual Santa was one of the highlights. He came at 1 p.m. and made the rounds through the vendors and then stopped to have his picture taken with the children and talked about their Christmas wishes. He also let some slightly older children have their picture taken. He wished everyone a Merry Christmas and at 3 p.m., after laying his finger aside of his nose, he was gone. He will be back next year, I hear.
Santa did tell me that he also wishes everyone "Around Waterloo" a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.
Randolph-Suffield Atwater Food Shelf is giving out Christmas baskets today and still collecting donations to replenish their stock from the holiday season. For more information about the food shelf operation, mission or making donations, call Gary at 330-325-7466, Joan at 330-325-9396 or Dan at 330-618-4072.
Thank you in advance for your support.
To help this year, a donation of $200 was made by Suffield Springs Golf Club. The food shelf would like to thank owner Joe Rainieri.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!
Reese Edwards visits with Santa at the Randolph Holiday Market on Dec. 1.
Food Shelf Director Gary Harrison receives the donation from Frank Pero, representative of Suffield Springs Golf Club.