A Carroll Christmas, the town’s aptly named annual celebration, is scheduled for Saturday, December 3.
Events include a craft show at Shalom United Methodist Church, free evening holiday rides and a food and toy drive at Benson Park.
Santa will arrive at Benson Park at 5 pm via a Greenfield Township fire truck, after a short drive through town to announce his arrival. In the park, the queens of the Carroll Festival will attend Santa Claus as he greets the children and adults gathered there to light the tree. He’ll have free hot chocolate and cookies while they sing Christmas carols. Children 14 and under can put their names on a picture to help Santa light the tree.
“Last year we raffled off a name and it was so much fun, we wanted to do it again,” explained Tammy Drobina, event coordinator since 2010. “The little boy who was selected was so excited and everyone watching was happy for him. That’s what this event is all about: a small town celebration where people can share in that holiday spirit.”
After the tree lighting in Benson Park, activities move to the Civic Center where there will be free crafts for the kids, free funnel cakes (the famous ones from Pat and Clarence Thomas!), free hot chocolate and free goodie bags. for children. They can visit Santa and tell him their Christmas lists there.
Santa will wear his clothes from the North Pole, from the Colonial era. “I want to save the red and white suit for special occasions, like Christmas Eve,” she said. After visiting Carroll, Santa will visit Alley Park in Lancaster the following week. Activities at the Civic Center will take place from 5:30 to approximately 7:00 pm Holiday hayrides will also begin and end there.
The town’s annual holiday lighting contest will take place from 6 to 8 pm Residents are asked to turn on the lights that night for the enjoyment of the carriage ride participants and to bring the holiday spirit to Carroll.
Sponsors making the event possible are Carroll Lions, Bloom Carroll Lions, Greenfield Township Fire Department, BC FFA, Festival queens, Pat & Clarence Thomas, First Baptist Church, Southern Roots Nutrition, Carroll Cup, Carroll Business Association, Shalom UMC, Carroll Area Historical Society and Mayor Edward Drobina.
Check out their A Christmas Carroll Facebook page for more information and hours.
CW Snow Removal
The City of Winchester Canal is committed to providing safe and accessible streets during inclement weather and encourages residents and businesses to do their part by cleaning the sidewalks.
According to a city news release, the streets department does everything possible to keep local streets clear and passable before, during and after a snow event by using a solution of brine, salt and plow. During one season, crews have applied more than 8,000 gallons of brine solution and up to 750 tons of salt. The City’s policy for snow and ice removal is to begin with arterial streets such as Gender Road, Columbus Street, High Street, Washington Street, and Waterloo Street.
Snow and ice removal from major streets is followed by major streets within subdivisions, minor streets within subdivisions, cul-de-sacs, alleys, and then parking lots. Streets are cleared from curb to curb to provide easier access for emergency vehicles and to prevent ice buildup, as well as allow for proper drainage from gutters. Removal of downtown snow plowing occurs when snowfall exceeds eight inches and only after all other removal activities have been completed.
During a snow event, most of Canal Winchester’s streets are maintained by dedicated street department personnel, often working 12-hour shifts until snow and ice removal is complete. Some local highways, however, may be within the jurisdiction of county or municipal service and engineering departments. If you have questions about which jurisdiction cleans and maintains your road, please contact our Streets Department at 614-524-0163.
As a reminder, keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice is the responsibility of property owners. Property owners can help make the sidewalks around their residence or business safer by paving a path around their property in a timely manner whenever there is snow accumulation. Clear sidewalks also assist our local police, fire, and EMS during emergencies.
Additional ways that residents can assist in the snow removal process include:
- Do not shovel snow on streets, alleys, or bike paths.
- Shovel snow in small piles instead of large piles. Small piles will melt faster and are less likely to become dangerous ice packs.
- Clear snow around mailboxes, fire hydrants, and dumpsters.
- Do not stack plow or get between plow trucks when crews are plowing in tandem.
- Avoid parking on the streets or blocking the end of driveways during snowy or icy conditions.
- Help neighbors in need who may be elderly, sick, disabled or unable to shovel for any reason.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for the city’s complete snow removal policy.
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