Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Volunteers bring Xmas Spirit back to Hardin

Letter to the editor
Christmas Stroll 2017 proved to be a drawing card to downtown Hardin on Dec. 1. A number of persons and entities need to be thanked for their participation. 
Bob Smith Ford enthusiastically donated the use of their show room which filled with vendors and provided a place for Santa Claus to sit and visit excited youngsters. Ford also donated Santa’s ride into town. 
The spectacular fireworks and fire engine rides were provided by the dedicated men of the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department.
Music filled the air with carolers from the Mennonite and E & R Churches, as well as the Hardin High School band led by Dohn Ratliff. Singers at the Nativity scene were led by Lori Not Afraid and Miriam Old Coyote. 
Rev. Randy Schoppe started the evening with an inspiring invocation and the touching veteran’s ceremony was conducted by Bill Joseph, Bill Eshleman, Steve Hopes, Junior. Molina and Jessy Espinoza. Kudos to incoming Mayor Joe Purcell, Frank Krebs, Leroy Knecht and to all the vendors, organizations and wonderful merchants who stayed open. 
Although she doesn’t want the recognition, Rose Mercier is the heart of the Stroll. Her positive energy and desire to improve our downtown is contagious. Above all, thank you to the community for bringing the spirit back to Hardin.
Debbey Warren