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Crown Theater Special Needs Program named Christmas parade marshals

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Area Chamber has named the Crown Theater Productions Special Needs Program as grand marshals of this year’s Christmas parade, which was announced at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Honored will be the special needs actors along with Mary Lou Wilson, Deb Salmen and Erich Offenburg. The parade will be Nov. 22.

The Christmas parade committee wants the community to come out to celebrate and honor them for helping Columbiana be named by Reader’s Digest as the Nicest Place in America.

Willard said the Christmas event usually attracts thousands of people, but he believes they can draw even more now that Columbiana has earned the Reader’s Digest honor.  

In other business at the council meeting:

– The police department will be participating in “no shave November” where officers will be able to grow out facial hair if they donate $25 to raise money for the K-9 fund.

– Willard announced that the housing council voted to place Eric Banner and Robert Schwartz to the committee, which is now completely full.

– The electric department hung new banner on Friday for the Nicest Place in America award.

– Council authorized Willard to execute a contract with ODOT for the bridge replacement carrying state Route 7 over Norfolk Southern Railroad.

– Council authorized Willard to execute and efficiency smart schedule with American Municipal Power, Inc.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

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