Taking in the Christmas Walk

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The Christmas walk was a lot of fun!

The crowd was bigger than in previous years, I imagine the mild temperatures had a lot to do with that.

Santa at the museum looked pretty popular and the parade was short but sweet.

It was nice to see most of the downtown merchants open and they looked pretty busy.  The new home decor store in the old Stone’s Hallmark had some items displayed, which was a nice way to introduce the business to the community.

Shop local program

The city’s utility rebate program ends soon. I believe the city said over $2 million in business was generated by the program, which provided a $60 credit on your utility bill for every $300 in receipts from select local businesses. It was an innovative way to help local merchants during these uncertain times.

Vaccination

Speaking of COVID-19, I wish businesses would post if their employees have been vaccinated or not. That would help me decide whether to go in or not. If food or drink is involved, servers and anyone handling food should be masked. I know it is a pain, but the best ways to stop this are to be masked and vaccinated. As a matter of fact, I would love it if businesses, especially restaurants, required proof of vaccination to enter. 

Jim Moorehead

Jim Moorehead recently passed away.  He was 100, a World War II veteran that served on a submarine. He was on the park and other boards and went skydiving for his 91st birthday.

He and wife Marnie traveled a lot. As they travelled they collected glassware, antique glassware, mainly. Marnie lovingly packed it in boxes and kept an inventory of the items.

Jim was on his own after Marnie died. He had lots of friends and neighbors who would help him and run errands.

Unfortunately, Jim had to go into a care facility toward the end of his life. The 50 or 60 boxes of glassware were in the basement of his home.

Unfortunately, the boxes disappeared.

Jim’s son said no one seems to know what happened to the boxes, only that they are gone.

It could be Jim gave the boxes to someone before going into the home, or perhaps someone offered to take them to keep them safe.

Or maybe someone went into the empty home and took them.

If you know what happened to the boxes, please let me know so I can pass the information on to his son.

Terry Dickow can be contacted at terrydickow@gmail.com.