Whitehall lights signal start of holiday season

Messenger photos by Dianne Garrett

Whitehall Mayor Lynn Ochsendorf gives final instructions to the children chosen this year to pull the switch to light the city’s decorations Dec. 4. Left to right with her are Michael Adkins, Grace Adkins, and Sarah Euman, 2007 Young Miss Whitehall and the daughter of Josie and Kenny Euman.

Lisa Krekel plays her clarinet with the Whitehall Yearling High School band on Dec. 4 as they entertained attendees during the city’s annual lighting event. Krekel, a junior, is an exchange student from Germany staying with her hosts, the Josie and Kenny Euman family. She is the tenth exchange student the family has hosted.

As of Dec. 4 Christmas is officially in full swing in Whitehall. Mayor Lynn Ochsendorf offered a short greeting to attendees of the annual holiday lighting event wishing them a Merry Christmas and safe holiday season.

Helping the mayor light the town by pulling the big switch were Grace and Michael Adkins and Sarah Euman, 2007 Young Miss Whitehall.

Grace and Michael are the grandchildren of Judy and Roy Adkins, Whitehall city employees. Sarah is the daughter of Josie and Kenny Euman.

The Eumans also have three children in the Whitehall Yearling High School band, who entertained the crowd playing carols. Lisa Krekel is an exchange student from Germany.

The Eumans are the junior’s host family, and she is their tenth exchange student to live with them.

Whitehall Community Celebration Association (WCCA) provided refreshments for the evening.

There will be a pancake breakfast on Dec. 8 at the Woodlands, 5380 E. Broad Street to benefit Whitehall Community Kids Christmas and Toys for Tots. The breakfast will be 9-11 a.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 3-12 and free for children under 3, or donate an unwrapped, new toy to eat free.

Holiday home lighting displays will be judged by members of WCCA who will be making their rounds to every street Dec. 10-14 between 6-11 p.m. Three homes from each ward will be chosen as finalists. Attendees of the Dec. 16 Breakfast with Santa will then vote for a winner.

Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 16 will be 9-11:30 a.m. at Whitehall Community Park to benefit Community Kids Christmas. Cost is $1 or a donation of one non-perishable food item. The sponsor is WCCA.

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