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Longtime Bergman Field public-address announcer Kevin “KG” Gladden may best

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be known as the successor to the legendary John “Jack” Werner and the current “Voice of Genoa Comet Football,” but what many may not know that his day job is serving as the director behind the Genoa Public Works department.

“KG” is also the head- honcho –the man in the red and white hat (okay, so it’s really maroon and gray) responsible for bringing that hometown holiday spirit to Genoa.

Each year, on that much-anticipated Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, KG and his hardworking crew create a little Christmas magic in the form of twinkling Christmas lights and other assorted festive holiday decorations that deck the village’s historic downtown business district and the expansive town hall lawn.

“It generally takes six of our guys to do the job, even though the pole decorations are relatively easy to get done,” offers Gladden, of the giant, flickering candles; full, fragrant evergreen wreaths; and blooming poinsettias.

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The sights and sounds of the season are pleasantly evident everywhere we go - bells ringing, lights twinkling, bright ornaments and glittering tinsel, and holiday music in the air.

And how about the warm, baked goodies and luscious candies and cakes that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year? Who can resist a bite or two?

Then there are the aromas that say, “Christmas time is here” – those fragrances that seem to take on special meaning this time of year. The warm, spicy, smell of cinnamon; the fresh, fruity tang of citrus; cranberry and bayberry (the Christmas berries) – light, sweet and earthy. And, of course, there’s the pungent, invigorating air of evergreen.

Here’s a little bit more about those special Christmas aromas:

Cinnamon: In ancient times, cinnamon was called the “golden spice” and the Chinese regarded the cinnamon tree as “the tree of life.” Cinnamon was known and used by man since before Medieval times and was valued as so precious that it was often used as a gift to be given to royalty.

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On Nov. 6, Graytown Elementary fifth-graders presented a check

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for $3,500 to Melissa Kimball, special events coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The funds will go to help Jenna, a Genoa teenager who is battling leukemia to realize her dream – to meet country music star Carrie Underwood.

The super-sized ceremonial check represented the culmination of the equally giant dedication and effort of Kyle O’Neill’s fifth-graders, along with a group of University of Toledo students and generous donors in the Genoa Area School District.

This is the second year the Graytown students raised money for Make-A-Wish through the “Kids for Wish Kids” program.  “We felt it was such a wonderful cause – one that the kids can identify with,” O’Neill said.

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