Watch Santa come to Breese at 6 p.m. Saturday during the Celebration of Lights parade; holiday lighting display, fireworks and more to follow at Northside Park.
Ready or not ... the holiday season is upon us. The Christmas spirit will be shining this Saturday, Nov. 28 in Breese as the Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade. (In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved to Sunday, Nov. 29).
The parade, which begins at 6 p.m. (line up between 5 and 5:30 p.m.), brings Santa Claus into town. Entries will line up on North Broadway Street, near City Hall, and travel Main Street to Northside Park where Santa will “flip the switch” to turn on the new and improved Celebration of Lights display at the park.
Breese has been lighting up its park for several years; however, a Lighting Committee was formed two years ago to expand and improve the lighting display.
There are wooden soldiers on guard and arched tunnels at the entrances to Northside Park in Breese, candy canes line the circle drive, ice skaters and penguins have taken over a corner of the park, while three little elves also greet visitors.
Dedicated volunteers have been working countless hours to erect the lighting displays and interactive scenes.
The holiday trivia contest has returned this year with the winner receiving a gift basket from Fred’s.
Lining the park are lit boxes to represent 24 days of Christmas. Each day from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22, a new clue will be added to one of the boxes in reference to a Christmas story, movie or song. Box No. 1 is located on the east side of the park by the arches. Entry forms for the contest (with all the details) are available at Fred’s and will be handed out during the parade.
Another attraction for the little ones in town will be locating “Breezy the Elf,” a small mischievous elf who will be hiding throughout the displays in the park.
After the festivities on Saturday night, the park’s circle drive will be open, and motorists can drive through to get a better look at the large Nativity scene under the grandstand or park their cars and stroll through the park on foot.
Following Santa’s arrival at the park, a fireworks display and visits with Santa will be the grand finale of the evening.
Family of 4-year-old Logen Hustedt is seeking 2,500 pairs of used shoes to help raise money for an autism service dog for Logen.
Logen Hustedt is not your average 4-year-old. But, like most children his age, there are some things he is very good at and some things he struggles with.
Logen is excellent with puzzles, always wants to explore how things work, and has a great sense of adventure. He loves Star Wars, Mario, and all things outer space.
However, Logen is also mostly nonverbal, and he struggles with how to share what he experiences in life with others. In February 2015, he was diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum.
No two children on the Autism Spectrum are the same. Each child has unique struggles and their own special gifts. For Logen and his family, the greatest struggle is often his safety. Logen’s sense of adventure and his unique ability to figure out how things work creates an “elopement risk” — or a child who will wonder off from the safety of his parents or his home without warning.
Logen’s mom, Tricia (Rolves) Hustedt, is a native of Albers. She and her husband Steve and their three children now reside in Syracuse, New York. But when you see them back in Clinton County for a visit, you might see Logen riding on his dad’s shoulders or with his mom tightly grasping his hand as they stop to see family and old friends. You may also notice that the family is always just a little on edge and there is a little more fear in their eyes when they are visiting the park or grabbing something to eat at Dairy King.
Logen’s parents go out of their way to keep him safe. They have eight cameras in their home that they can check from anywhere in the world to make sure Logen is safe. They have alarms on all their doors and even on the windows in Logen’s second story bedroom, just in case. Despite all their precautions, Logen has still managed to put himself in danger and worry his family beyond words. Logen doesn’t know he’s in danger; he’s just having fun, but his family lives in constant fear and Logen is sometimes in very real danger. Luckily, there is hope for this special little boy and the family that loves him so much.
A nonprofit organization called “4 Paws for Ability” provides autism service dogs for children with unique needs like Logen. The dogs are specially trained to provide for the individual child and the child’s family. In Logen’s case, the dog would be trained to keep him safe, to track him if he is ever lost, and to be an emotional companion.
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