Deputy Mayor kicks off season

Director Al Smeenk encourages the youngsters in he Sunnyside Christian Junior High to belt it out at Sunnyside’s tree lighting last night, and the kids followed suit.

Photo by Julia Hart
Director Al Smeenk encourages the youngsters in he Sunnyside Christian Junior High to belt it out at Sunnyside’s tree lighting last night, and the kids followed suit.



— Deputy Mayor Dean Broersma kicked of the Christmas season last night at Centennial Square with about 200 hearty citizens. As the community Christmas Tree lights came on, Broersma declared: “It’s officially Christmas season.”

Before his declaration, Broersma noted there were signs of Christmas all over. Indeed there were. The downtown walk the square was decorated and lit. And there was music on the Centennial stage, provided by the Sunnyside Christian Junior High School Choir.

After his proclamation, Broersma had an opportunity to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. He reminded Santa that he’d been a good boy last year but, somehow, his was missed. Santa he’d be more alert this year.

The tree lighting set the community up for Kids’ Lighted Parade today at 6:30 p.m., the Lighted Farm Implement Parade at the same time Saturday and the food that accompanies them.



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