Santa Claus is coming to the Cornelius Fire Department.
Santa will visit the station on South Main Street from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
You're invited to stop by and visit with Santa or have your picture taken by the folks at TSS Photo, Ashley and Eric Barlow, who are certified as Santa's helper elves.
Proceeds and donations from the event will benefit the fire department.
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A friend of Santa lives in our town and has organized this special visit. Gene Ervin has known Santa for years. Ervin has noticed that as he travels through Cornelius, people stop him and ask him when Santa is going to come visit our town.
Ervin married a woman from Cornelius, moved here and was a Cornelius firefighter for 30 years, from 1965 to 1995. Since Ervin is such a good friend of Santa, he asked Santa to come help the Cornelius Fire Department raise money for the Float Your Boat campaign.
The department has already ordered a big rescue boat, big enough to rescue four or five victims, work on saving them and also battle a fire from the lake, he said. The town board has approved the boat purchase, but the department is still in the process of raising about $100,000 for the costs.
Anyone who wants to come and see Santa is asked to make a donation to the fund. TSS Photo will be there to take pictures and offer photo packages.
Since he was a firefighter, his son is a firefighter and the photographer's husband is a firefighter, Ervin said, having Santa help raise money for the fireboat is a good way to honor all their families.
In fact, Ervin calls his friend “911 Santa” because he is so good at helping.
Red Hat update
You may remember that a few weeks ago I wrote about Janet Fowler, who had recently moved to Cornelius and was looking to join or start a chapter of the Red Hat Society.
It's an organization for women 50 and older who gather together for friendship and fun.
Fowler had several responses to the column, so she decided to organize an official meeting. The first gathering of the new Red Hat Society chapter was Nov. 5 at the Acropolis Café. Ten women attended, met and got to know each other, exchanged contact info, talked about what they wanted to do, ate and laughed.
Their next meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the home of new member Jacki Vargo. The women plan to elect officers, plan a calendar of events and have fun.
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