Santa in Wil­liamstown

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - - Steven War­bur­ton

Wil­liamstown will host a Santa Claus Pa­rade this year. Ac­cord­ing to res­i­dent Elsy Sloan, who is or­ga­niz­ing the pa­rade along with Jane Grant, Pu­nam Munro and Margie McDonell, it may well be the first time that the vil­lage has had such an event. “We’re do­ing it be­cause we’re all new grand­moth­ers and we wanted to do some­thing to boost the com­mu­nity,” says Ms. Sloan. “We’re hop­ing that fam­i­lies and busi­nesses will put in floats.” She says that the Wil­liamstown Fire Sta­tion is help­ing out too. In the past, the sta­tion hosted a meet-and-greet with Santa but this year, fire­fight­ers are com­mit­ted to get­ting him in the pa­rade too. The pa­rade is slated for Satur­day, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. It will start at Char-Lan Dis­trict High School and end at St. Mary’s Cen­tre, where Santa will meet the kids and where free hot dogs, hot choco­late and en­ter­tain­ment will be avail­able.

If you plan on par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade, the or­ga­niz­ers ask that you re­frain from throw­ing candy or from dress­ing up as Santa, as they would like to keep him un­til the end. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Elsy Sloan at 613347-2611 or Pu­nam Munro at 613-347-1405.

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RACE HELPS RESTORATON: Sir John John­son Manor House com­mit­tee mem­bers Dawn Kid­dell (left), pres­i­dent Lynn Lafave (cen­tre) Dawn Kid­dell re­ceived a $4,000 cheque from or­ga­niz­ers of the Great Raisin River Footrace. The money will sup­port restora­tion projects of the his­toric house in Wil­liamstown. The next fundraiser for the Manor House will be the Chilly Willy Novem­ber 3. Any­one who would like to help out or donate can call Sheila Lafave at 613-347-3206.

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