A Christmas Carroll upcoming on Dec. 3

A Christmas Carroll, the aptly-named annual celebration for the village, is slated for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Events include a craft show at Shalom United Methodist Church, free holiday hayrides in the evening, and a food drive and toy drive in Benson Park.

Santa will arrive at Benson Park at 5p.m. via a Greenfield Township fire engine, after a short drive through the village to announce his arrival. In the park, the Carroll Festival queens will assist Santa as he greets children and adults gathered there for the tree lighting. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies while carolers sing. Children 14 and under can put their names in a drawing to help Santa light the tree.

“Last year we drew a name and it was so much fun, we wanted to do it again,” explained Tammy Drobina, event coordinator since 2010. “The little boy who was selected was quite excited, and everyone watching was happy for him. That’s what this event is all about – a small town celebration where folks can share that Christmas spirit.”

After the tree lighting in Benson Park, activities move to the Civic Center where there will be free crafts for kids, free funnel cakes (the famous ones by Pat and Clarence Thomas!), free hot chocolate, and free goody bags for kids. They can visit with Santa and tell him their Christmas lists there.

Santa will be wearing his North Pole clothing, from the Colonial era. “I want to save the red and white suit for special occasions, like Christmas Eve,” he said. After visiting Carroll, Santa will be visiting Alley Park in Lancaster the following week. Activities at the Civic Center will run from 5:30 to approximately 7 p.m. The holiday hayrides will start and end there as well.

The annual village holiday lighting contest will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents are asked to have their lights on that evening for the enjoyment of the hayride participants and to show the Christmas spirit in Carroll.

The Carroll Christmas Tree is decorated in the village square in 2020.
The Carroll Christmas Tree is decorated in the village square in 2020.

Sponsors making the event possible are the Carroll Lions, Bloom Carroll Lions, Greenfield Township Fire Department, BC FFA, Festival queens, Pat & Clarence Thomas, First Baptist Church, Southern Roots Nutrition, Carroll Cup, Carroll Business Association, Shalom UMC, Carroll Area Historical Society, and Mayor Edward Drobina.

See their Facebook page A Christmas Carroll for more information and times.

CW snow removal

The City of Canal Winchester is committed to providing safe, accessible streets during inclement weather and encourages residents and businesses to do their part by clearing sidewalks.

According to a news release from the city, the street department makes every effort to keep local streets clear and passable before, during, and after a snow event by utilizing a brine solution, salting, and plowing.  During a season, crews have applied upwards of 8,000 gallons of brine solution and as many as 750 tons of salt.  The city’s policy for snow and ice removal is to begin with arterial streets such as Gender Road, Columbus Street, High Street, Washington Street, and Waterloo Street.

Removal of snow and ice from arterial streets is followed by major streets within subdivisions, secondary streets within subdivisions, cul-de-sacs, alleys, and then parking lots. Streets are cleared curb-to-curb to provide easier access for emergency vehicles and to prevent ice-damming, as well as to allow for proper gutter drainage.   Removal of plowed snow in the downtown area occurs when snowfall exceeds eight inches and only after all other removal activities are complete.

During a snow event, a bulk of Canal Winchester streets are maintained by dedicated street department staff, often working 12-hour shifts until snow and ice removal is complete.  Some local roadways, however, may fall within the jurisdiction of county or township service and engineering departments.  For questions regarding which jurisdiction plows and maintains your road, please contact our Street Department at 614-524-0163.

As a reminder, keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice is the responsibility of property owners.  Owners can help make sidewalks around their residence or business safer by shoveling a path around your property in a timely manner each time there is snow accumulation.  Cleared sidewalks also assist our local police, fire, and EMS during emergencies.

Additional ways residents can help in the snow removal process include:

  • Do not shovel snow onto streets, alleys, or bike paths.

  • Shovel snow into small piles instead of large piles.  Small piles will melt quicker and are less likely to develop into dangerous ice banks.

  • Clear snow around mailboxes, fire hydrants, and dumpsters.

  • Do not crowd the plow or get between plow trucks when crews are tandem plowing.

  • Avoid parking on streets or blocking the end of driveways during snowy or icy conditions.

  • Help neighbors in need who may be elderly, sick, disabled, or unable to shovel for any reason.

Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for the city’s full snow removal policy.

Please email news items to Anne Darling Cyphert at adcnewsservice@aol.com.

This article originally appeared on Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: A Christmas Carroll upcoming on Dec. 3