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Lights, tastes and treasures

Posted November 27, 2013 in Community Featured

This is the time of the year when all of the “Black Friday” ads are hitting the newspapers and the Internet.

“Black Friday” has now crept into Thanksgiving Day with many of the big box stores trying to get a jump on the holiday shopping dollars. Shoppers spend considerable time coming up with a Black Friday plan so that they can hit all the stores and participate in the rush to get all the best deals. It’s crazy. It’s frantic. It’s a whirlwind.

We ask you to stop and take a moment to think about the impact of your purchases. Money spent locally is money that stays in the community. It is money that employs local people, pays for community amenities and services and reduces your local taxes. So sometimes “getting the best deal” is not a good deal at all. Support your local retailers this holiday season.

We are fortunate to have a nice selection of stores right here in Centerville. In addition, we have a mix of holiday activities to keep us busy during this festive season.

Centerville’s Bright Lights and Seasonal Sounds will begin Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. The synchronized light and music show will run Sunday-Thursday from 5 – 10 p.m. and 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Steve Kozak, the owner of Digital Salvaging in Centerville, is the coordinator of the display, and Appanoose County Tourism, along with donations from local businesses and individuals, fund the event. Donations are accepted at the Centerville Chamber of Commerce.

Santa will arrive in Centerville at 5:55 p.m. on Nov. 29, just prior to the beginning of the light display. He will also be in his house on the square on Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 1 – 3 p.m. Pictures of children with Santa can be purchased for $2.

Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday. Many of our small retailers are running sales especially for this day, and it’s a great time to recognize the impact of shopping local.

The 12th Annual Holiday Sampler will be Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Partakers can sample holiday goodies and collect recipes as they travel from business to business. The Chamber of Commerce on the southwest corner of the square is the starting point to get the collector recipe cardholder and the list of participating businesses.

In addition to these events sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, local churches, clubs and organizations sponsor a variety of events featuring food, music and holiday messages. Enjoy!

Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102,

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