From Our ReadersIssue Date: December 7, 2016
One again I find myself in deep gratitude for the hundreds of people who participated in the "CHRISTMAS IN MARINETTE" on Saturday, Dec. 3. All of you helped to create "magic" in our City. Just seeing the joy on children's faces and hearing their excitement was something so very special ! Seeing kindness and joy through the eyes of a child is priceless.
The Marinette Middle School was filled to capacity at the Holiday Craft Show, and the Marinette Fire Department opened their doors to Santa and children, with visits, tours and treats before 12:30 pm. Thrilled by the big trucks and meeting the firemen was an awesome experience for hundreds of children.
Families, bundled in blankets and warm clothing, were waiting with great excitement and apprehension, as the sounds of the Christmas Parade made way for colorful floats, walkers and Santa down Main Street. The Marinette Marching Marines filled the air with Christmas music , adding a special heartbeat to everyone along the route. Parade entries were plentiful and again exceeded our expectations with greater numbers.
At the sight of Santa, riding atop the fire truck waving and greeting the people, nostalgic tears filled the eyes of adults and children alike. Waving his hand and ringing his bells high above the truck, he once again, made his "magical" appearance.
At the Stephenson Library, Santa climbed off the fire truck amid the hugs, cheers and photographers. His visit was thrilling and his was once again filled with children until 4:30 pm. A goody bag and "magic corn" for the reindeer was offered to each child.
"Friends of the Library" served hot chocolate and Christmas cookies all afternoon. Librarians made time for each child to make a special craft to take home in the theme of Harry Potter's "Holiday at Hogwarth". Dancers from "First Street Academy of Dance" performed in perfect precision throughout the afternoon.
Passing through the Welcome Center for a quick visit with the crowd being entertained by the "Senior Moments & Friends", Santa danced and enjoyed the festive spirit. Staff and members of the Marinette Woman's Club kept the hospitality filled.
Once again, joining hands with the children and making his way to Stephenson Island, Santa, Mayor Genisot and a large group of community people gathered at the City of Marinette tree to begin the traditional lighting of the tree. Major Carol Lemirand , from the Salvation Army, passed out bells to everyone and explained the ringing of the bell during the Christmas Season. Major Lemirand then passed the bell to Mayor Genisot to officially "ring" in the Season and light up the other tree displays. Hot chocolate, served and donated by Culligan's, made it a perfect ending to a perfect day.
I must say a very special thank you to the many merchants and businesses that donated door prizes for the event, participated in the parade, and took enormous time and cost to "Adopt A Tree". Thank you to the many volunteers, Public Works employees, the police and fire departments who helped us, and thank you to the wonderful people who continue to support this event. YOU made the feeling of Christmas come alive in Marinette. May Christmas always be as special as you and live in your heart all year long.
Judy Alwin, Manager
Marinette Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center
My name is Chris Siem and I'm a 6th grade teacher at Marinette Middle School. I am writing to you to share a phenomenal event and to thank those that made it happen.
Our second annual trip to Packer's Live with Larry McCarren was a huge success. The guest Packer for the night was none other than Aaron Rodgers. Three of our students were involved in asking questions and earning an autograph. I would like to thank those that made it all happen.
Larry McCarren personally invited us to be his guests and saved great seats for us all. Thank you!
One hundred-thirty students with their families and friends carpooled and caravanned to the Lambeau Field Atrium for the show. Many families offered a ride to students who were otherwise unable to go. Thank you!
McDonald's in Marinette put together a "bag lunch" for everyone that made the trip. Since we were on a strict timeline, McDonald's got all 130 of us in, out and on the road in only 45 minutes. Thank you!
Coldwell Banker-Today's Real Estate sponsored our bag lunches, so no one went away hungry. Thank you!
Without our sponsors, Larry McCarren, MMS families, McDonald's in Marinette, and Coldwell Banker -Todays Real Estate, our second annual trip to Packers Live would not have been a success. Thank you all!
Letter to the Editor:
As this year comes to a close, I would like to take this time to genuinely thank the efforts of the coaches and so many individuals that make our sports teams what they are here in the Village of Coleman. Whether it be T-ball, Little League, Girls Softball, Flag Football, or all the youth school sports - youth wrestling, youth boys and girls basketball, etc. - you impact our children in a great way. We also have many businesses that are so willing to continually sponsor all these sports teams and support them in a variety of ways. We appreciate your dedication and service to our next generation!
The Village of Coleman is blessed to have generous businesses and individuals like these and so many others that we bring to your attention throughout the year. Due to these acts of kindness throughout the years Coleman is able to have great looking parks and wonderful activities for our community and those that wish to visit here while keeping costs low for its residents.
Village of Coleman President
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