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Chamber thanks those who donated

Dear Editor,

Events for our community would never take place without the generous donations of businesses and organizations that are committed to Oregon and our quality of life.  

The dollars donated cover many of the “unseen” costs associated with Candlelight Walk, including, but certainly not limited to: insurance, entertainment, advertising, decorating and supplies, to name a few.  

Those free to all “special attractions” are an additional expense of their own.  

The specific sponsors listed below create the opportunity for the folks in our community, and the visitors to our town because of this event, to enjoy a home spun, fun filled family experience. We are so grateful for their beneficence.

This year we thank: Exelon, KSB Medical, and Mini Mart for sponsoring all three of our horse and wagon and carriage rides. This is the most costly of the many free activities and opportunities offered to everyone attending this annual event.  

These monetary contributions allow us to continue this popular featured attraction. Rides will be available from 4 p.m. until approximately 7:30 p.m., departing from the north side of the Coliseum on Franklin Street.  

Please note that this is a first come, first served situation.  There may be a line and there is no guarantee on wait time or which wagon or carriage ride you will enjoy.

Our live reindeer are, once again, sponsored by First National Bank. This local community spirited business has allowed this unique annual tradition to continue for many years. FNB is located on Franklin Street, on “Candy Cane Lane.”  

Be sure to stop by for a photo op during the event. Watch for Rhonda the Reindeer, who’ll be visiting with the kids as well.

You may have noticed “gift tags” adorning the light poles in town. The names on these tags represent businesses which have sponsored the holiday decorating of these poles.

Those sponsors include: Barniture, Casco Tax & Accounting, Casey’s General Store, Community Bank of Oregon, Johnson Oil Company, Oregon Woman’s Club, McDonald’s, Oregon BP, Oregon Park District, Red Stone Salon & Spa, Smith & Morrow, P.C., Stillman Bank, Washington Corner, and WNIJ/Northern Public Radio.

Our too-many-to-name-them-all Red Bow Sponsors are those folks who contribute to the cost of producing this festival – the nuts and bolts portion necessary to keeping Oregon’s Annual Candlelight Walk alive.  

Without the participation of these businesses, individuals, and organizations this event would cease to exist.  

Please be sure to stop in during the event and thank them.  Better yet, since you are in their store, take a look around and make a purchase.

Remember, we must support our local businesses.  They are crucial to the survival of small town, USA.

Debbie Dickson

Executive Secretary

Oregon Chamber of Commerce

Polo students, staff thank all who helped

Dear Editor,

The students, staff and administration from the Polo School District would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Calling All Communities Contest that ended November 25th.  

There were many ways that we were given help and support during this contest: voting, spreading the word to others, cash donations for the commercial at Q94.3, donated items for drawings, help with advertising at events, moral support for our school district and for acts of which we were unaware.  

We would also like to acknowledge those from outside communities who helped support us throughout this competition.

We would not have been able to stay in a competitive position without all of the help and support we received.  

U.S. Cellular will post final results on their website on or about December 10th.

Sue Hillison


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