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Bruscemi parade keeps Christ in Christmas

For 28 years, the holiday season in Hobart has opened with the Christmas Parade, sponsored by Nino Bruscemi.

When Bruscemi came to the United States from his native Italy, one of the big differences he noticed was how Christmas was observed. He said in Italy, Christmas was a religious holiday, but in America, it was mostly a commercial holiday.

Bruscemi resolved to show the real meaning of Christmas was to mark the birth of Christ. On the first Saturday of December, at his own expense and efforts, he formed a parade consisting of as many as 100 little angels, camels, horses and sheep.

Leading the parade were two archangels, followed by Mary riding on a donkey led by Joseph. The parade would end at Festival Park at a manger scene.

Over the years, the size of the parade has decreased. This year’s parade had about a dozen angels and only three horses and a donkey. The Nativity scene was set up in the gazebo behind City Hall.

We thank Nino for his continuing efforts to keep Christ in Christmas.

The evening before the Christmas parade, Mayor Brian Snedecor and his wife, Janet, lit up the city Christmas tree. There was a huge bonfire, free carriage rides, hot chocolate, Santa and lots of music.

Each time the Maria Reiner Committee sponsors an event for Hobart seniors, a not-for-profit group is allowed to have a 50-50 raffle for its benefit.

During the recent Christmas dinner and concert, the Hobart Food Pantry was that group. The raffle collected $500. Half of that amount went to the food pantry, and the other half to a lucky winner, Ron Sadelak, who very generously donated his winnings to the food pantry.

Sadelak, who operates Lake George Marathon, always supports Hobart events. We thank him for that $250; it will come in handy feeding more than 175 families.

Flying the American flag is a great way to show respect for our country and to honor our service personnel. But what message does a flag send when it is flying torn and dirty?

American Legion member Terry Connell rescues such flags. As he rides around Hobart, he replaces flags that are in bad shape, at no cost to homeowners. We salute his efforts.

But what can we do with flags that are damaged? Jim Burns, director of Burns Funeral Homes in Hobart and Crown Point, has come up with a great way to retire damaged flags. He collects them and includes them in the cremation of a veteran.

“In this way, we see a way to honor both the flag and the veteran,” he said.

Drop off your flags at either Burns Funeral Home. For more information, call 769-0044.

Burns Funeral Homes have been serving Northwest Indiana more than 100 years. Jim and his son are third- and fourth-generation directors.

Congratulations and thank you to members of the Hobart Kiwanis Club for donating 510 dictionaries to third-graders in Hobart schools. That group really lives its motto: “Changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

I wish you all a merry and blessed Christmas. May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing through the year.



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