TIFFIN — After months of hard work and planning by several community-minded people, Seneca County is moving forward with a downtown Tiffin holiday decoration display.
To celebrate the holiday and the new display, the community is invited to a tree-lighting ceremony hosted by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5:15 pm at the justice center.
During the event, Matt Ross from the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Dave Spridgeon, of The Renaissance of Tiffin, will announce the winner of the Downtown Tiffin Christmas Decorating Contest and guests will enjoy the songs of the season by the Heidelberg University vocal ensemble Heimonics.
Remarks also will be given by Mayor Aaron Montz and Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas. Tiffin Elks will be serving hot chocolate and Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance.
The project, which is to be on the property of the Seneca County Justice Center, is to include garland, lighting and a tree-topper on an existing tree on the property, a walk-through ornament and three garlands that will be displayed across the justice center building.
Project planners believe the walk-through ornament could become a popular place for residents to take photos to post to social media.
Not only will people come downtown to see the decorations, but they then can enjoy the downtown businesses as well. The display would not have been possible without the generosity and commitment exhibited by many private businesses and individuals who contributed to the nearly $20,000 project.
Commissioner Mike Kerschner thanked all the donors who came forward to fund the project. “We could not have done this without the kindness and generosity demonstrated by the folks who stepped forward and donated,” he said.
Those who made contributions include Bill Frankart, First Insurance Group, First National Bank of Sycamore, Kiwanis, Lenny Clouse Construction, National Machinery Foundation, PT Services, Reineke Family Dealerships, Ron Burns, Sutton Bank and Webster Industries.
A private donation from each of the individual commissioners also helped make the display possible.
The commissioners believe the project will continue a movement that promotes civic pride throughout the community. Shayne Thomas said the location of the display in the heart of the county seat’s civic square is important.
Commissioner Tony Paradiso thanked Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership for helping with this project. “The efforts of [T-SEP Development Manager] Audrey Flood and [Downtown Tiffin Main Street Manager] Amy Reinhart were important in making this thing happen,” he said. T-SEP staff helped by disseminating information about the project and by identifying potential donors.
Reinhart said T-SEP officials were happy to be involved in facilitating the display. “The new Seneca County Justice Center is a great addition to our downtown and lighting the area will enhance our downtown for the holidays,” she said.