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Tue
29
Nov

Christmas season kicks off Friday

Shawano will officially kick off the Christmas season Friday by welcoming Santa to town with a parade in his honor.

Last year, the Santa Parade showcased more than 45 entries and drew nearly 5,000 spectators.

The theme of the parade, which begins at 6 p.m., is Country Christmas. It begins at Elizabeth and Main streets, proceeds north on Main to Green Bay Street, turns west one block to Washington, turns south and ends in the area of the 200 block of Washington Street.

Tue
29
Nov

She's fired up to serve

After years of aspiring to be a firefighter, Christine Sager will get her chance as the Bonduel Fire Department's first female firefighter ever.

Sager, 23, was appointed to the department in October by the village's fire commission and will begin more than 100 hours of training next year. In the meantime. she will attend department meetings and get to know department personnel and operations.

Tue
29
Nov

Sweet treat

Bult's Bakery staff will make the final preparations tonight for the cookie decorating event it will host Friday as part of the annual Downtown Holiday Stroll in Shawano.

Bakery owner Sara Rudesill said cookies have been prepared daily this week. Frosting will be the last thing to make.

"We'll probably go through about 20 pounds of frosting for the cookie decorating," she said. Last year participants decorated more than 350 cookies at the event. Customers can each decorate six cookies with a variety of colored frostings and confections.

Mon
28
Nov

Keeping it real

<p>When Steve Chizzo of Shawano begins his preparations for the holiday season, he focuses on tradition, which includes buying a real Christmas tree.</p><p>"You don't get them like you used to, where you could just go into the woods and cut one down on your own -- it usually was a 'Charlie Brown' tree -- but it was fun," he said.

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