Opinion Tribune (Newspaper) - December 24, 1991, Glenwood, Iowa The Our 126th Tear 52nd Issue One 20 pages plus Inserts Mills Iowa December 24, 1991 f ' 4K.,....--�-..-..... A Christmas tradition in Glenwood Decorating homes for Christmas has become a holiday tradition for many including the homes of Richard at 204 and Clair located at 408 North Clark and his wife have been decorating their home for more than 35 by Jeff Decorations part of holiday tradition By Jeff DeYoung Editor GLENWOOD - Regardless of the origin of Christmas plugging in the lights and setting up Santa and Rudolph in the front yard have become a holiday Most people decorate their homes for the For it might be a wreath and a Christmas while others may string up But for Christmas decorating takes on a stronger enjoy Christmas There's something very warm about said Richard Dlx is among many people in Glenwood who take Christmas decorating to the next His located at 204 has become a holiday whole neighborhood is really into Christmas decorations and It's quite a sight to see for anyone coming into Glenwood from the Dlx think people look for the lights on our street as they came into Another spectacular display in Glenwood to Clair and Beulah who live at 408 N. The Clarks have been decorating their home for more than 35 had kids at and we really enjoyed putting this Mr. Clark was a teacher and decorated at so she Just kind of brought it home with Unlike who strings up more than 2.200 the Clarks are more into 'The first figurines we put up were Santa and Mr. Clark made Rudolph after the song came out many years and Beulah took it to for the school She brought it and we've used it ever Dick and Veda Flint have been dressing up their homes in Glenwood for 30 Including their present home at 309 done It so it Just wouldn't be Christmas without the Mrs. Flint also use real so that really puts us in a holiday The Christmas spirit is shared by Richard and Sharon Not only do they put up perhaps the largest Christmas card in town on their front but the do other things as decorates at the Lutheran and this year he also helped decorate our daughter's Mrs. really enjoys Most say they start decorating around depending on the I have some I can get everything done in a Mr. Clark also do quite a bit of decorating inside the and that usually takes a Despite the time It takes to create these beautiful all said it is well worth it. enjoy the pleasure people get when they look at the decorations on our Dlx really helps put us in the Christmas Mrs. nice to do something everyone can neighborhood kids really keep us Mr. Clark we're a little slow getting the decorations they come by and want to know what's going A lot of people ask about and they tell us they enjoy the That gives us a lot of Incentive to keep on how do you like your By Jeff De Young Editor Tomorrow is Christmas and children throughout the world are anxiously anticipating the visit of that Jolly old elf Santa ' While some people are finishing their Christmas Santa will spend most of the day resting as he prepares for his annual ride around the His elves are busy packing his and Mrs. Claus is ironing his red suit as Santa catches a nap before his busy Each year the serves as the official communications elf for Mills Hundreds of letters to Santa have been forwarded on to the North But along with Christmas wish many boys and girls have questions they'd like to ask This we asked Santa several questions we received from 1st grade students of Nancy Wright and Debbie Schmidt at Northeast Santa Claus may be but he's never too busy to talk to boys and long does it take to got around the asks Erlck Schenck and Shaun I wish I had more but I have only one night to make millions of stops around the Santa was given some magic dust many years and if I sprinkle some of that on my it allows me to travel faster than the speed of As it I'm barely finishing my rounds when the sun begins to come VDo you haye a factory or do you work In your asks Tom our home is part of the toy Santa Claus and myself used to live in a small little but as time went we had to look for a place that was big enough to build toys In. We decided to build our own and while we were doing we set up an apartment for us in one corner of the It works out quite doesn't Santa let us see asks Nick I first started delivering toys many years I decided It would be more fun for the boys and girls if I delivered the toys without them seeing to make it a Santa there are lots of kids out there who wait up all night to try and catch me in the act. Santa knows if youVe been naughty of and he also knows if you're sleeping when he conies to your It only takes a few seconds to deliver the so all you have to do is close your eyes for an and the toys are under the do the elves come asks Shane and work for asks Jon when I came up with the idea to bring toys to all the good little girls and boys In the I realized I needed help making those Santa the North there is a family of elves who have lived there for many and I asked them to help me make 'the They were excellent toy and they've proven to be a great have hundreds of elves working for We have older elves who serve as the foremen in the and there are younger elves who do most of the I also have elves who help answer my mall and take care of Rudolph and the rest of the Elves don't Just make toys does Santa get all his presents in his asks Eric is no way that I can get every present in my Santa of I've designed a network that allows me to set up drop-off points all over the I have special elves who live in cities around the and just before I arrange to have toys dropped off with these elves and stored until Christmas Then on Christmas we stop arid pick up the It works very do you reindeer asks Jason and do you get your reindeer through that one asks Travis reindeer eat the same things ordinary deer except on the day before On that we feed them magic corn that enables them to The corn's effect last Just one but it's more than enough to get them through Christmas Santa around the world in one night is very tiring for the but they keep in good shape playing all their reindeer We also practice a couple of times before Christmas does Santa bring us presents on Christmas asks Amanda and do you like your asks Dawn learned how to make toys when I was a and I quickly saw that nothing made SANTA page 2 New industry to relocate in Swift building By Jeff De Young Editor GLENWOOD - The vacant halls of the old Swift plant will soon be bustling with activity as Trajet Inc. of announced last week it Is moving to Mayor Gene Schatz said last week the County Economic Development Foundation has given the facility to Barney owner of the Schatz said papers were signed Wednesday turning the property over to The economic development foundation received the property from of the Swift had originally planned to donate it to the but our attorney said It would be easier for the economic development foundation to turn it over to Schatz the city owned the we'd have to hold a public hearing to dispose of it. We thought this would make it much Schatz said Trajet will start renovation work at the plant He said that unlike new Advanced Tool & there was no state money involved In this gift of the plant was incentive enough for Mr. Barrett to come to Schatz City of Glenwood did spend some money on environmental but there were no tax dollars used to acquire this A spokesman for the company said Friday the primary product of Trajet is whirlpool Schatz said the company is anticipating expanding Its production In the near believe Mr. Barrett Is planning on moving around 30 employees over here to start and that number could grow In the he The economic development foundation retained a small portion of the property for future He added ConAgra is retaining the Swift buying and Trajet has the first option to buy that property should it come up for are no Job guarantees Involved with this but having it inhabited considerably increases its property and will be a great boost to our tax Schatz very happy to see It under private control of a corporation that wants to grow In it I'm looking forward to having Trajet in our Mills Co. family seeking donations for Make A Wish By Joe Foreman Assistant Editor Just over 14 months 2-year-old Dorothy Lynn of Glenwood died from complications caused by a malignant tumor in her spinal Dorothy's family is using the spirit of the Christmas season to thank an organization who offers love and support to terminally ill That organization - Make A Wish Foundation of Iowa a lasting impression on Dorothy's family with the tender support it offered the toddler during her As a means of Dorothy's family is spending the holiday season raising money for Make A A were so good to Kris Dorothy's Just thought this would be a good way to repay For each donation Make A Wish gets from Mills and Fremont the will place a special ornament on a Christmas tree that has been placed by Dorothy's grave at a cemetery in The tree will remain standing in the cemetery through the first week of Make A Wish did several things to brighten Dorothy's spirits during her Kris 1 worked really Dorothy's aunt did things like sending a Dorothy died in 1990. Her family was moved by the love and support the 2-year-old received from the Hake A Wish Mickey She liked Cubs baseball and for her they sent her a baseball autographed by the team Make A Wish also made arrangements for Dorothy and her family to take an trip to Dorothy died three days before the were scheduled to leave for Make A Wish donations can be sent to Make A Wish 622 4th Sioux 51101, or to Make A c/o the P.O. Box 191. 51534.