Thanks for making Christmas special

To the Editor:

Christmas, what a wonderful time of the year, the celebration of Christ’s birth, bright lights, great music, gatherings of family and friends and sharing with those less fortunate.

The joyous season began with our city employees decorating the trees in the downtown area with 32,000 new LED lights purchased by the City of Piqua and Mainstreet Piqua. The downtown is beautiful and thank you to the retailers who decorated their windows, especially Rocket Cleaners for the beautiful nativity scene pained on their front windows. Thanks to Mainstreet Piqua for our first ever Lighted Horse & Carriage Parade, Christmas on the Green with carriage rides, and to the Piqua High School Show Choir students for entertaining and leading the caroling and our annual Christmas Parade.

Friends of the Piqua Public Library once again gave us the opportunity to attend an annual concert in the Plaza Ballroom this year headlining the 14 Jacomet siblings, a night they and us will always remember. During the season more joyous music was enjoyed at St. James Episcopal, St. Paul’s, Westminster Presbyterian & Piqua Baptist churches. Many Unity Bank Freedom Years members took advantage of a charter bus trip to Springfield and were entertained by the amazingly talented Ten Tenors from Australia.

The crowning glory was the Christmas concert performed by the students of Piqua High School. Tom Westfall and the students gave attendees of two performances a very beautiful and entertaining Christmas experience. The stage decorations by GeNells were exquisite, thanks to Kim Casto. Thank you, thank you to all involved.

Kudos to the Piqua Chamber of Commerce, Piqua Arts Council, Piqua Unity Way and Mainstreet Piqua for the enjoyable open house held a the Plaza to thank their members and volunteers for all their efforts during 2016. Thanks to Peggy Henthorn and the Miami Valley Centre Mall for scheduling a variety of free entertainment for us to enjoy at the Mall.

I had the good fortune to attend almost all these events and I am so grateful.

I also attended the carry-in lunch and exchange at the YMCA Senior Center and was one of 74 ladies to enjoy the annual Christmas program and ham loaf luncheon at the YWCA. Yum, yum! Thanks to the great staff for all their work and the YWCA volunteers for all they do year-round.

Sometimes we take much of this for granted, but it takes money and more importantly it takes many, many hours for the city workers, numerous dedicated volunteers and business owners and their employees to make Piqua a great place. Please remember to offer thanks to those you come in contact with and consider offering your help and/or financial support in 2017. It can only get better, if that’s possible.

If I missed an event I apologize. I wish all a bless Christmas and a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year for our city, our residents and those who work in our great town.


— Edna Stiefel