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  2. I sympathize with the community and I am an overly nostalgic person by nature. It seems like these two women were a big part of the town and the festival. I just didn't understand why there would no longer be a train. I re-read the story and understand that one of the two organizers is a railroad engineer, but unless they own the train or there are no other engineers to operate the train, I still am not clear why Santa can no longer continue arriving by train just because she is moving away.
  3. Railroad Tycoon.... Its my Railroad and I'll take it where I wanna.
  4. I am not sure I understand...are these folks taking the train with them??? They say that they are continuing the festivities, but Santa needs to find a new way to make an entrance.
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  6. Sad to read for a few reasons. However, they want to see Santa arrive via train they can always come to Tucson!
  7. Yesterday
  8. Very Sad to hear...
  9. Y&R London's M&S Christmas Campaign Wins Silver at Cannes Lions 2017 The Mrs. Claus campaign for M&S awarded in the Promotion and Activation category at the world's largest Festival of Creativity from Little Black Book Online | Posted: 6-22-2017 EXCERPT: CANNES, FRANCE --- The Mrs. Claus campaign for Christmas for M&S won a Silver statue in the Promotion and Activation, Use of Broadcast category at Cannes Lions, the Festival of Creativity earlier this week. Y&R London's category-changing campaign was a seasonal blockbuster, creating an emotional connection between M&S and their core customers, women. M&S's most immersive campaign to date included social media takeovers featuring a Mrs. C. emoji and the hashtag #LoveMrsClaus, outfit and gift inspiration both in-store and in editorial, a partnership with Channel 4, and a social promotion that saw Mrs. Claus live in person giving away more than 15,000 presents to store customers. The campaign was centered around Mrs. Claus, arguably Santa's better half, who played a special role each Christmas, helping a select few make the holiday extra special for their loved ones, just like real women everywhere. The First Lady of Christmas was introduced on the 11th and 12th of November with a two-minute and a three-minute TV commercial. Directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, with a score composed and conducted by Rachel Portman, the spots told the tale of a Christmas delivered with love. Mrs. C. was further leveraged to drive impact and delight audiences with personality at key moments in the social media calendar --- her top tips on everything from presents to mince pies. SOURCE:
  10. Santa Train leaves station for final time by Emily Mentzer, Polk County Itemizer-Observer, Independence, MO | Posted: 06-21-2017 EXCERPT: INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI --- Cynthia Jaramillo will be moving to New Mexico at the end of June, and she'll be taking an Independence town tradition with her: the Santa Claus Train. "We did it all for six years," she says. "This would have been year seven. Last year we counted just 3800 people who showed up." The event, traditionally held during the first Saturday of December, brought children from all over Independence and surrounding areas for presents, hot chocolate --- and, needless to say, for a chance to sit down and visit with the Big Guy himself --- who arrived in style via train. Jaramillo, a longtime train engineer, made the event --- originally organized by the Friends of the Independence Public Library and on a much smaller scale --- something bigger than life, coordinating different organizations and businesses to donate toys, live music, or the aforenoted hot chocolate. Even the Independence Heritage Museum played a key role, as they always donated the big antique chair that Santa himself sat in as he listened to the children's wishes. "It is really sad, because I know how much the kids were really depending on that train and all those presents," said Jaramillo. "I really don't mean to be selfish about it, but I don't want it to have to happen with this railroad." Friends of the Independence Public Library Board of Directors member Marilyn Morton said that the tradition of Santa's visit to the Independence Cinema would continue, but St. Nick will obviously need a new way to make his Grand Arrival: perhaps, by horse-and-buggy. As Jaramillo and her wife Donna prepare to leave Independence after 13 years, Cynthia has mixed emotions. They're on their way to Farmington, New Mexico, which will be a homecoming of sorts for Cynthia, but Independence has become her family. When you meet up with one person in Independence, she says, it's as though you've met 100. SOURCE:
  11. I think that organizations such as ClausNet, and other Santa Groups should jump on the Band Wagon and do something like this in their areas.. help to supply Food Pantries and Churches that have food banks/ Pantries. It's about the True Meaning of Christmas, but not just Christmas time. Any Comments? God Bless you All, Rev. Kev an Rev. Kim (Kris and Holly Claus)
  12. Community invited to give back with Christmas in July food drive from KnoxPages.com, Mt. Vernon, Ohio | Posted: 06-22-2017 EXCERPT: MOUNT VERNON, OHIO --- The 34th Annual Christmas in July Event is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th. It's being sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mount Vernon and Knox County and the Knox County Sheriff's Department. The food drive benefits the pantries of Interchurch Social Services located in Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown, and Mount Vernon. The goal for Christmas in July 2017 has been set at $20,000 in combined cash and non-perishable food items. Despite all the summer warmth and sunshine, the need for pantry assistance continues. In 2016, the Interchurch pantries provided service to 8074 households --- an average of 673 households each month. The busiest period was between June and August, which is not too surprising when you start thinking about it. Kids come home from school. Families that are eligible for free or reduced price lunches (and, in some cases, breakfasts) are having to provide those meals for their children during those lazy days of summer. Need truly knows no season! "Christmas in July is a wonderful opportunity for the local community to support the hungry in Knox County," said ISS Executive Director Joy Harris. Residents may bring along non-perishable food and/or monetary donations to collection sites across the county. Suggested donations include boxed dinners and sides, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken, pork and beans and personal care items. Every dollar that is donated purchases $10 worth of food at Mid-Ohio Fairbank. ...... NEW this year is the Christmas in July Village-wide event, hosted by the Fredericktown Merchants, from 5 to 9 p.m. A wide variety of activities are planned, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit Interchurch. For every five food items donated, along with a $10 donation, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a quilt, donated by Kathy Toms. In Gambier, donations may be dropped off at the Village Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mount Vernon collection sites include Kroger, Lanning's Foods, Mt. Vernon Interchurch, Neff's, Pakmail and Walmart. Monetary donations will also be accepted that morning at the Farmers' Market on the Public Square. Checks should be made payable to "Christmas in July --- ISS" and mailed to P.O. Box 1052, Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. For additional information, please call 1-740/397-4825. SOURCE:
  13. Holiday World named Nation's Top Value Park From the DuBois County, Indiana Herald | Posted: 06-22-2017 EXCERPT: SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA --- Consumers' Digest, a leading consumer publication, has named Holiday World and Splashin' Safari as the Nation's Top Value Park. In its June issue, the magazine reports that Holiday World earned the top "bang for the buck" ranking with its "charming retro holiday theme" along with free soft drinks, free parking, and free sunscreen. In addition, for the sixth consecutive year, Holiday World has received TripAdvisor.com's Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade is presented to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding travel reviews at TripAdvisor.com, the world's largest travel-themed website. "This award means a huge pat on the back for all our Hosts and Hostesses," smiled Holiday World President and CEO Matt Eckert. "From our sweepers to our food-and-beverage crews, from our lifeguards to our ride operators and everybody else, our staff consistently delivers a memorable day of fun for all our park guests. It's our tradition!" Recently, TripAdvisor.com joined forces with USA Today to determine the top attractions in all 50 States, based on reviews and ratings. Holiday World was named Indiana's top-rated attraction; while in May, USA Today named Splashin' Safari as the country's #1 Outdoor Water Park, following a monthlong readers' poll. SOURCE:
  14. And here I thought it was because it wasn't owned by any one country so no taxes had to be paid.
  15. Wow it's been a while since I wrote that one, glad it's getting shared again!
  16. Beau*T*Full ........ I know, I know, that's not how you spell it, I .... 2 ....... just wanted 2 B different.
  17. One night in December, my child came to me “My friends say there’s no Santa, dad. How can it be? Please tell me the truth, so I may understand.” He sat in my lap, held tight to my hand. I looked in his eyes, and thought for a while, Then told him these words, with a difficult smile, “A long time ago, a man walked this earth. They say he was special, from the day of his birth. Born in a manger, for you and for me, One day he would die, to set the world free. His name was Jesus, the Son of God Well you know the story?” He smiled with a nod. “Well many years later, another man came, He, too, kind and caring, St. Nick was his name. He was born into fortune, and his money he spent To give to the needy, wherever he went. He loved this man Jesus, and so he tried To be a good Christian ‘til the day that he died.” My child seemed confused, so I skipped all the history And tried to get right to the point of this mystery. “Each Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, And giving a gift is just one special way To remember the gift that was born on that night Midst angels and shepherds and bright starlight. We also remember St. Nick once more, Because of the way he gave help to the poor. So Jesus and St. Nick still live in our heart, And the world only knows them if we do our part. We all can be Santa, wherever we go, And we all can share Jesus, with all that we know.” He gave me a hug, and ran off to play And I knew that more questions would be coming some day. But for now I could rest, enjoying the season, Content my child knew that Jesus is the reason.
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  19. Christmas in June helps feed families in need by Kofo Lasaki, WNDU-TV/DT, South Bend, Indiana | Posted: 06-21-2017, 1:49 PM CDT EXCERPT: ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN --- Summer can be a challenging time for food-insecure families, and that's why one organization has rallied the community to help bring "Christmas in June." Christmas in June is the food drive created by United Way of Southwest Michigan to give back for United Way's worldwide Global Day of Action. The Southwest Michigan chapter could have chosen a number of different ways to give back, but this year they decided to ask local businesses for 75 canned and/or non-perishable foods, to help the nonprofit mark its 75th anniversary. 37 businesses throughout Berrien and Cass Counties answered that call with upwards of 10,000 donations to be delivered to 23 area food pantries. "We see food insecurity as a big issue between Berrien and Cass Counties, especially in the summer, with children not receiving their free and reduced lunches," said Charlotte Rogers, representing United Way of Southwest Michigan. Earlier this morning, the donating companies delivered their donations to drop-sites, while United Way volunteers helped to sort out, count and then deliver the goods to the food pantries. ....... Rogers said that the food drive was so successful this year, the nonprofit plans to bring it back next year. To see a full list of the businesses who donated, and to learn more about the food drive, go to http://www.uwsm.org/christmas-in-june/ SOURCE:
  20. How Santa Claus Inc. is making a difference for San Bernardino County youth by Michel Nolan, San Bernardino, California Sun | Posted: 06-21-2017, 5:41 PM PDT EXCERPT: SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA ---- It's difficult for us to imagine not owning a toothbrush --- or having to share one. But this is a sad reality for thousands of San Bernardino County children. This is a time for Santa Claus. No, he's not loony from all the heat; Santa, as always, has the spirit of giving all year long. Youth Empowerment Services, Inc. (YES), a year-round program of Santa Claus, Inc., announced that it has been awarded a $5000 grant from Bank of America to fund nearly 11,000 basic-need distributions to 10,730 children all across San Bernardino County: essential basic needs such as school supplies, clothing, shoes, underwear, hygiene items, bedding and emergency shelter. As of this year, YES projects that it will provide its services to over 100,000 children throughout the county. "Santa Claus, Inc. is blessed to have the trust and support of Bank of America," said Executive Director Karen DeCarlo. "Bank of America leads by example in helping nonprofits maximize the opportunities for those who are living in depressed economic circumstances." Santa Claus, Inc. was launched in San Bernardino in 1952, but now also serves Ontario, Pomona, Montclair, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, Redlands and Yucaipa. "When children grow up with limited access to even the most basic of resources, they face obstacles that could interfere with their chances at both education and economic mobility," said Al Arguello, Bank of America's President for Marketing/Publicity for the Inland Empire Region. "We're proud to support Santa Claus, Inc. with funding that will help them meet the needs of impoverished youth in the Inland Empire throughout the year." And any help is a godsend, especially for children in extreme poverty. ........ According to San Bernardino City Unified School District information from February 2014, 97% of district students are on the free and reduced lunch program. "Impoverished people are increasing every year," said TracyLynn Sharrit, Director of Development for Santa Claus, Inc. "The numbers are staggering, and it's a call to action that we do something." These impoverished children care about social engagement and after-school participation, but they don't have backpacks or school supplies or proper shoes. "The YES program provides basic critical needs," explained Ms. Sharrit. Having existed for some 65 years as a seasonal charity, Santa Claus, Inc. became a year-round effort in 2013. That first year came out of necessity: people called them when they needed help. The community sees the need. Recently, Santa Claus, Inc. received donations totaling $7000 from the greater community. As Ms. Sharrit explained, "That was great." Still, the need remains greater. The YES program is all about distributing the donations that Santa Claus gets from caring individuals and other partners --- everything from shoes to backpacks. It helped to distribute pillow pals and teddy bears at the time of the North Park Elementary School shooting incident. Santa Claus' YES program is always in need of donations, and any help that it gets goes straight to the needs of the children. Students will always need shoes, socks, and underwear. The charity also needs volunteers, particularly male volunteers who can help empty the trucks when deliveries are made at the Santa Claus of San Bernardino County, Inc. warehouse, 824 6th Street. For more information, call 1-909/885-0090. To donate online, visit http://www.santaclausinc.com SOURCE:
  21. R.I.P. Bill Dana you are truly missed and loved by all! Prayers for his Family and Friends Kris
  22. RIP Bill Dana. I remember him fondly and he will be missed.
  23. Christmas sales staff wanted ---- to start work in July Housing Units in Oldham has a variety of temporary roles available by Emma Mountford, the Manchester, England Evening News | Posted: 06-20-2017, 1314 hrs GMT EXCERPT: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND --- It might be the hottest week of the year thus far, but it seems as though it's never too early to start making plans for Christmas. Housing Units in Oldham is already looking for temporary Christmas sales staffers ....... to start work in July. The busy home furnishing store in Failsworth is on the hunt for "smart and presentable" people to join the sales team on a temporary basis. The positions are available from the start of July right up to the end of December. You'll need a flexible approach to the hours, with both full- and part-time roles available including weekend shifts. The main duties will involve maximizing departmental turnover, developing a good level of product knowledge to ably assist consumers, helping with displys and replenishing stocks, assisting customers in a friendly and professional manner, and providing outstanding levels of service. SOURCE:
  24. Boy that brings back good memories from my childhood.
  25. Everyone at the baseball game was concerned whether Jose had a good view or not. At one point, they all stood up and sang, "Jose, Can You See?" RIP Bill Dana.
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