West Lafayette celebrates Christmas with a day full of events

| December 4, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE – The village of West Lafayette welcomed the Christmas season with a day full of activities Dec. 1.

The festivities started in the morning with a pancake breakfast put on by the West Lafayette Lions Club at the United Methodist Church.

“We’ve been holding our pancake breakfasts here for quite a while,” said Glenn Hill, chaplain of the Lions Club. “It’s a nice central location.”

The pancake breakfasts help the club with numerous projects, including making donations to Dollars for Scholars and Junior Fair.

The fundraisers are held the first Saturday of each month, November through April.

“The crowds been outstanding,” Hill said. “It’s the best we’ve had in quite a while. It’s a good time for fellowship and this year it (the December breakfast) fell right in with the parade. They also are having caroling this year so it’s a full schedule of activities.”

Club president Tom Apple also spoke highly of the members who came out to help.

“They are very helpful,” he said. “We have a lot of good members. We are a good social organization that likes to help the community.”

The West Lafayette Lions Club meets at 6:15 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Schumaker Farms.

“We’d love to get new members,” Apple said. “We have a lot of fun.”

Another community minded organization that helped plan events for the day was Club Aries.

“This is the 25th annual craft show and our club has been doing it for 19 years,” said Carol Wears, a member of the club.

The club is very small and new members are always welcomed and can call Wears at 545-9017.

The craft show is the only fundraiser the club does and proceeds from it go toward helping a needy family in the Ridgewood School District.

“We try to help them have a brighter Christmas or help them in January when the electric and heating bills are still high,” Wears said.

There were 21 vendors at this year’s show.

“We have some new ones that haven’t been with us in the past and some standbys that are with us every year,” Wears said.

One of the vendors was Michele Householder Funk who grew up in West Lafayette, but now lives in Conesville. She sold copies of her children’s book, “Adventures of Pete and Max,” and handmade pot holders.

“I like seeing old friends at craft shows and what everyone else likes to do in their spare time,” Funk said. “There are a lot of creative people in Coshocton.”

When people were done shopping at the craft show they could wonder over to the parade or take their children to see Santa a Burt Park. Carolers also gathered in the evening at Burt Park for music and refreshments after strolling the streets of the village and sharing holiday cheer with residents.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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