Warren County emergency policemen are pictured here preparing gifts for needy children who would otherwise be left out at Christmas. From left, at the rear of Jack Well’s used furniture store at Mason, are Capt. Ernie Clark, commander and Warren County deputy sheriff; Mr. Wells (in civilian clothing), a member of the emergency police department; Charles Shiflett, Dennis Roberts and Howard Terry.
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The city of Mason will dress up its downtown business district and celebrate the holiday season during its annual Christmas in Mason event from 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Activities take place on Main Street and Reading Road between Mason-Montgomery Road and Second Avenue. This area will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m..
A parade featuring stiltwalkers, marching elves and jugglers will lead Santa Claus into the festivities at 6 p.m. The parade kicks off at the corner of Main Street and Mason-Montgomery Road and proceeds down Main to the Plaza.
After the parade, a tree lighting ceremony takes place on the Plaza. A full line-up of live entertainment is set to take place on the Main Stage throughout the evening.
Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, story times at the Mason Public Library, caricature and balloon artists, fire performers, strolling carrollers, a petting zoo and wood carvers. “Stocking Stops” will be scattered throughout the downtown area.
For more information, go to www.festivalsofmason.org or call 513-229-8534.
Alexander Coolidge reports:
Department stores and specialty retailers are expanding a smorgasbord of shopping options for families full from Thanksgiving Day dinners.
Desperate to maximize sales in a shortened holiday season, more retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving rather than waiting for the traditional “Black Friday” kickoff for year-end shopping. For the first time in its 155 years, Cincinnati-based Macy’s will open its stores on the holiday. Others have expanded their Thanksgiving Day hours as well.
The expanded holiday hours are not without critics. Some are upset at the erosion of a family holiday and have threatened to boycott stores.
But retailers are running scared amid a fickle, fragile economic recovery in which consumer confidence is at a two-year low.
“The consumer is not back yet,” said Andy Stout, managing director of investments at the Financial Network Group in Symmes Township. “The economy is good for the haves, but not so good for the have-nots who are not seeing an improvement in their lives.”
Fall retail results, meanwhile, have been mixed as well.
While sales were stronger for higher-end retailers like Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Macy’s, others haven’t been so lucky.
Both Kohl’s and Wal-Mart missed sales forecasts.
Now, most of them are hoping a Thanksgiving opening will give sales a boost as the year ends.
Several local malls technically will be closed, but common areas will be open for shoppers to visit individual retailers doing business.
Here’s a sampling of who’s open and when:
Patrons can pick up boxes with gift suggestion at the restaurant at 5151 Merten Drive. Operation Christmas Child sends the boxes filled with gifts to children in more than 130 countries.
Drop off boxes to Chik-fil-A by Saturday and receive a coupon for a free chicken sandwich.
After Saturday, shoeboxes can be dropped off at one of many area drop-off locations during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25. Find a list of sites here.
The nonprofit organization is collecting new board and card games through Dec. 16 to distribute to the Abuse & Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County.
Both organizations are among 53 nonprofit organizations in the area to receive financial support from the United Way of Warren County.
Some games will remain at the shelters for use by residents while others will be given as gifts, said Aaron Reid, executive director.
“The families and children benefiting from these programs often have very little for the holidays due to their circumstances,” he said.
To participate, contact Jerri Landworthy by phone at 513-932-3987, ex. 102, or by email at email@example.com.
Cliff Peale reports:
Looking for at least an inch of snow on the ground this morning to make a white Christmas?
Don’t count on it.
This year’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with highs in the low 40s, according to the National Weather Service.
That will give way to a rain/snow mix starting Tuesday night that could turn into up to an inch of snow Wednesday night.
But historically, we’ve only awakened Christmas morning to at least one inch of snow on the ground 16 times since 1916, the service said.
That’s only about 17 percent of the time. During the last 30 years, we’ve awakened to a White Christmas only six times, or about 20 percent.
Other Christmas Day weather facts:
• Normal temperatures: Low of 25 degrees, high of 39.
• Warmest high temperature: 66 degrees in 1893.
• Coldest low temperature: -12 degrees in 1983.
• Most snowfall: 3.7 inches in 1909.
• Greatest snow depth: Nine inches in 2004.
Cliff Peale reports:
A chance of rain Christmas Eve morning could give way to some snow later in the week.
Holiday travelers should be in the clear for Christmas Day, but a mix of rain and snow is on the way Wednesday.
The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday, with accumulations of up to an inch expected in most of southwest Ohio.
Accumulations of four inches or more are expected along Interstate 70 to the north, while those in northern Ohio and Indiana could see even more.
In our region, it’s raining this morning but with a temperature at 7 a.m. of 34 degrees and a high today in the low 40s, there’s little chance of snow today.
After a partly cloudy Christmas Day with a high in the low 40s, a mix of snow and rain should start late Tuesday night. Any snow probably won’t start until later in the day Wednesday.
Steven Chorvas regrets not being there on Christmas morning for his own children and grandchildren.
But now Chorvas, an inmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institution, is hoping to make Christmas brighter for other needy children.
Chorvas is one of dozens of inmates who’ve helped to raise more than $5,200 to benefit the Butler-Warren County Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots. The toys were officially given to the Marines on Wednesday.
“It’s a way of stepping up and taking some responsibility for somebody’s kid out there,” said Chorvas, a former Marine now serving 23 years to life for murder. “Every person out there needs somebody to think about them and look out for them even if they don’t know them.”
This is the sixth year for the partnership, which is spearheaded and organized by prison military veterans groups with assistance from prison staff. The first year in 2007, only employees donated.
Inmates organize year round within prison walls to hold fundraising events, such as selling pizza or doughnuts, or by offering inmates the chance to take a photo of themselves to send home to family and friends.
Prisoners pay out of their limited commissary funds and money earned on work details. Their efforts raise between $5,000-$7,000 a year, which staff then use to purchase toys.
“From a prison management perspective and as a warden, you’re constantly striving to get inmates to do positive things,” said Warden Ernie Moore. “They’re getting together and talking about ways they can raise money to give to a bunch of needy kids in the community. That’s a win-win.”
Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Colder weather and a bit of snow is coming to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
High temperatures will hover in the 40s today and push into the 50s Wednesday and Thursday before a strong cold front comes in from the west, driving the mercury down dramatically, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
A slight chance of rain and snow showers could develop before 9 p.m. Thursday night. Just a scant amount of snow – less than a tenth of an inch – is possible, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
It will be cloudy with a low of 26.
Friday will be mostly sunny but cold with the high temperature only reaching 32 – nearly 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, Rhebenach said.
The overnight low will plunge into the low 20s.
This weekend will remain sunny, but it will be brisk with temperatures struggling to reach the upper 30s and overnight lows remaining in the 20s.
It should be dry early next week through Christmas Day.
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