A special thanks to the Sertoma Club for providing the large flags for the welcome home of the local troops.
A big thank you to the troops for their service to our country.
Earl D. Johnson
Holiday home tour
It must be the holiday Christmas season that always brings so many wonderful activities during these full weeks before Christmas.
Try as we may it is difficult to crowd in everything one wants to participate in during these busy weeks.
The annual Heartland Symphony Grand House Tour fundraiser last Saturday, Dec. 4, was again a delightful festive affair enjoyed by many.
How does one say thank you to so many behind the scenes that make events in our community a success? It is just impossible to list all of the volunteer names because everyone is important and appreciated.
The Grand House Tour became a reality for the Heartland Symphony through the major efforts of our dear friend, Paulette Buck (a very busy teacher at the Baxter School), who spends many hours making special arrangements for this special event. It has been my pleasure to work closely with Paulette.
To the five homeowners sharing their homes for the tour, we say a special thank you.
Each of the five homes had unique charm. Homeowners included were Todd and Jackie Froemming, Matt and Debbie Erickson, Linda Wallin, Jorge and Julie Brasil and Randy and Michelle Christopherson.
To the Brainerd Daily Dispatch for the wonderful feature stories on the homes by Jennifer Stockinger, and to the Dispatch for handling our ticket sales, we say thank you.
To the hostess' and tour guides for each home, to our extended media for sharing marquees and coverage, thank you, but especially to all of you that purchased tickets for the tour, "special kudos."
Also to the First Congregational Church members and especially the helping hands of the youth, for the delicious brunch; sincere appreciation and Thank You one and all! Special piano music was enjoyed played by Linn Olson and Arlene Sycks, thank you.
This year the Heartland Symphony was granted matching funds from Thrivent for Lutherans, plus, they helped with advertising contacts in our area.
The Heartland Symphony Concert was enjoyed in Little Falls, Sat. Dec. 3, and Sunday afternoon in Brainerd at Tornstrom Auditorium. The Trinity Lutheran Church handbell choir participated in the concert.
'Tis the season to remember the season, why we celebrate this blessed season.
Merry Christmas and God Bless Everyone.
Heartland Symphony Board Member
Thank you to the all Baxter Elementary fourth-graders and to Mrs. Surma's third-grade class for writing letters, making cards and creating holiday decorations to send to Jared's dad, Bill Sachs, in Iraq. We know that your decorations will help make the holidays more special for him and the soldiers with him.
Kristi and Jared Sachs
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