In a parallel to the Everyman in literature, we see an Everytown in the Christmas festivities planned by small towns and villages across our region. Last weekend's iconic Santa parade in Falconer had it all- horses, fire trucks, Scouts, an honor guard of veterans, the high school band and a fifth grade chorus and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
So thumbs up to us all for keeping alive the special Christmas spirit that we especially remember from childhood.
Thumbs up to Sheri Brandes, who teaches family and consumer science at Washington Middle School, for being named Promising New Professional for the State of New York. She was selected by her peers in the Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators for the award that recognizes new teachers who show the potential for teaching with passion.
Thumbs up and congratulations to Jamestown High School senior John Czech for capping his three-year career as a starter for the Red Raiders by being named defensive player of the year for the Class AA South Division football. Also named to the first team defense from Jamestown is senior linebacker Mike Watson. On the first team offense are Jamestown lineman Cortland Haines, wide receivers Stephen Carlson and Zach Panebianco, quarterback Jake Sisson and running back Da'Quan Hollingsworth.
And, finally, thumbs up and thank you to Mother Nature for the wonderful sunshine of recent days. This week's balmy weather did not mask the proof we see every day that we are approaching the dark of December. As the change of weather this weekend reminds us, we have arrived at a time in the calendar when we are grateful for all of the festive Christmas decorations lighting up the long winter nights.