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Christmas came early for children

December 11, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -

Children and their families had a whole day of fun planned for them by the Rouzerville Business Association Saturday, and about 300 people took advantage of it.

The day started with Santa's Breakfast at the Rouzerville Ruritan Club and continued with Santa Express train rides at Red Run Park, then three free hours of skating at Cosmic Rink.

Natalie and Andy Campbell of Waynesboro, Pa., brought their daughter, Albany, 7, and sons Aidan, 5 and Will, 4 months. The older children lined up to see Santa before eating. Natalie Campbell said that in addition to the train ride and skating, they also were going to do some sledding.

Staples Photography of Waynesboro took digital photos of children on Santa's lap. The Ruritan Club donated one photo to each family.

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At least a dozen business association members and Ruritan members kept busy in the kitchen preparing the food.

Anne Backer, owner of Blondie's and a member of the Rouzerville Business Association, said before the event that the group wanted to hold "a really nice family day. Everybody is having a wonderful time getting this organized."

Dan Smith, president of the association, said that more people attended than he expected.

"We learned a lot this year for next year," Smith said. "We're going to make it an annual event."

Julie Laudicina of Hanover, Pa., brought her 1-year-old daughter, Savannah, for her first visit to Santa. Savannah wasn't fond of St. Nick, but she enjoyed the pancakes.

While Chloe Seymour, 3, admitted that she has some dolls at home, she asked Santa for "five babies," including a Baby Bratz. She attended with her mother, Laurie Seymour of Waynesboro.

Noah Grossnickle, 3, ate pancakes and sausage with his sister Allie, 1, and his mother, Ashleigh Grossnickle. Noah's request to Santa was for a dinosaur race car. The family was visiting from New Jersey.

Noah's cousin, Jonathan Mobley, 4, said he was going to ask Santa "for everything."

Possibly the youngest attendee was Cheyenne Jordan, 3 months, who came with her brother, Johnnie Jordan, 10, and mother, Christina Lidie of Hagerstown.

Jackie Bottom of Waynesboro, president of the Rouzerville Ruritan Club, said that the club donated the use of their building, the Santa photos and their labor "to be part of the community."

Wal-Mart, which is building a store in Rouzerville Commons, donated $10 gift certificates as door prizes, and Medic 2 of Waynesboro donated teddy bears.

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