Christmas program at Historic Salem Community Church near Paynesville includes sleigh rides

Everyone is invited to “Bethlehem Revisited” held at the Historic Salem Church on Saturday, Dec. 22. Sleigh rides with real reindeer will be available from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The program begins at 4:30 p.m.
Coffee, cider and Christmas cookies will be served after the program and everyone will receive a goody bag filled with fruit, candy and nuts to take home. Gifts of toys and non-perishable food items are welcome and can be placed under the brightly decorated tree for delivery to the Paynesville Community Center. A free-will offering will go for the restoration and preservation of the church and grounds.
This year marks the 15th Christmas program held at Salem after a 29-year absence. Salem Church was closed for regular Sunday worship in 1968. The church has been a historic site for many generations.
Directions to church: Hwy 23 to Paynesville, look for Stearns County Road #33, just east of Paynesville, north on #33 about 4 miles to 220 Street, left or west on 220 Street to church; or call (320)-243-4005 or (320)-259-9556 or email at slorenz@communitygiving.org. In case of inclement weather, check with the Albany Radio Station.

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LEAF announces grant awards

The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation announced the awarding of $13,740 during its special fall academic-fund granting cycle. These grants are in addition to the $20,918 in activities-fund grants already given in October and were made possible through the LEAF Learning Renaissance Fundraiser and an anonymous matching fund-the-need donor.

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Remembrance ceremony Dec. 15; volunteers, public to lay wreaths

Due to a last minute wave of contributions and sponsorships, all indications are a giant sea of green balsam wreaths with big red bows will spread over the entire Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, Minn. to honor every one of our countries fallen veterans buried there. The laying of wreaths will take place shortly after the National Rememberance Ceremony, traditionally the third Saturday of December, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 this year. Next year and thereafter, the event will be held the second Saturday in December.

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