Carol Martin (far right photo) considers her decision among the ten contenders during “A Taste of Holiday Treats.” Participants Deanna Allen, Carol Brown, Diann Cassens, Janie Dollinger, Pat James, Andrea Rausch, Katie Reifsteck, Natalie Reifsteck, Marsha Roberts and Denise Williams offered samples of their holiday treats. Over a hundred tasters voted and Diann Cassens’ Cranberry Christmas Cake was elected their favorite, with Carol Brown’s Golden Pecan Cups a close second.

Christmas cheer filled Lanark’s downtown during Jingle Fest on November 24. Santa brought smiles to kids’ faces, carolers warbled familiar melodies and shoppers acquired unique gifts. Visitors sampled goodies, children made Christmas ornaments at Lanark Public Library, Girl Scouts supported the local food pantry, and bargain hunters made the most of specials during Shop Small Saturday. There was something for everyone, and a great time was had by all! Jingle Fest is sponsored by the Transformers Team, United for Change.

Holiday shoppers seeking unique gifts found plenty of choices at the vendor fair in the Heritage Center.

Children were full of smiles with Santa Carl Conover and treats, sponsored by the Transformers Team.


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Eastland elves Benelli Onley, Mercedes Stelhl and Kendall Preston helped make Jingle Fest work!

Girl Scout Troop 2178, consisting of girls in grades K-2, collected food and monetary donations for the Shannon/Lanark Food Pantry, which they will deliver on December 4. Pictured are Troop Leader Lara Tallman, (l to r) Sloan Roethe, Evelyn Skerik, Eleanor Tallman, Isabell Ignatow, Emma Mann, Isabelle Collier and Evelyn Mann (in front.) In the second photo are (back) Tiffany Horbaczewski and Hailey Horbaczewski, Kaylee Mosher, and Brooklyn Jansen. Photos courtesy of Troop Leader Debbie Mann.

Christmas carols raised spirits, provided by Eastland Chorus students Liam Mitchell, Ian Kromer, Torey Leverton, Emma Dumpman, Emily Heller, Caydence Randall, Jessica Severing and their director, Ben Randecker.

(Photos courtesy Denise Krysiak, except when otherwise noted.)

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