2009-12-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The chorus from PS 47 (and the Girl Scouts, not pictured) raised their voices in Christmas music in front of the newly decorated tree. The chorus from PS 47 (and the Girl Scouts, not pictured) raised their voices in Christmas music in front of the newly decorated tree. The December weather has been up and down, but it seems to be headed more down than up — which is quite normal for this time of year. The mercury has been dipping into the 20s overnight and at times during the day. Remember that cold, rainy day last week? Well, the Mid west was being covered in snow while we saw our um - brellas turn in side out! And temperatures here are still yo-yoing into the 40s and 50s at times. Yet, a white Christ mas may be waiting in the wings for us.

At the recent Christmas Tree Light - ing — which was a marvelously successful event - there were kids of most ages — from the sizes held in arms to the size I call young ladies and young gentlemen. In spite of the bitter cold on that day (Thursday, December 10), a lot of kids and parents turned out to decorate a large, lovely blue spruce tree with ornaments made by children in Broad Channel. Hot chocolate and cookies fortified everyone at the event against the strength-sapping cold. There was a great turnout and — not surprisingly - they ran out of hot chocolate! The Girl Scouts and PS 47 chorus sang very well after the children decorated the tree. Because of the cold, the tree was lit a few minutes earl ier than originally planned. The crowd counted down from ten and Santa lit the tree. As can be seen in one photo, the ornaments were handmade. Any families that would like to add their ornament to the tree are welcome to bring it down and hang it on the tree.

Broad Channel children hung handmade ornaments on the community Christmas tree Broad Channel children hung handmade ornaments on the community Christmas tree If you're 16 or younger and owe fines for having overdue library materials, this season give yourself the gift of a cleared account! As part of an ongoing campaign to encourage young people to use the library's resources the Library offers library patrons 16 years old or younger an opportunity to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least ½ hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

A note found its way to my door and this is what it said: "Many thanks to all who were able to come to our Sunday Brunch. Thanks for all your support all year long. Stay well and have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year: From all of us at Christ Presbyterian Church."

A big "thank you" from Jessica Allen goes to everyone who came out in the bitter cold and took part in or donated to or otherwise helped the Christmas Tree Lighting to be the wonderfully suc cessful, fun-filled event that it was.

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Thank you. Email can be sent to: Liz bcbits@aol.com.

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