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Towncrier
12-19-2001, 09:14 PM
Rather than try to address 30,000 envelopes, I just thought that I would post our annual Christmas letter here on the CB

Happy Holidays from the Hayes Family 2001

Can it already be time to write another letter? It seems like only yesterday we were spreading the news of 2000 to family and friends.

James is now 14 years old. He is a percussionist in the concert band, jazz band, and was picked to be part of a regional honors band. While John and Sarah were away for a weekend this summer, James talked Sue into taking him to the music store where he purchased a drum set. John wishes that James would have taken up a “quieter” instrument (is there such a thing?). James played soccer again this year. He is a member of the 8th grade Science Olympiad team. At church James is active in the youth group and plays hand bells. James holds the rank of Star Scout and is currently serving as Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout troop. He was elected to the Order of the Arrow this year by his fellow scouts. He spends many weekends “roughing it” at various scout camps. This past summer he attended Beaumont Boy Scout Camp and traveled to Canada for a 60 mile canoe trip. Not getting enough of a good thing, James also attended church camp with his cousin Joshua. James’ Kenpo (martial arts) instructor moved out of state this summer, so he has taken some time off from his training. He plans to resume Kenpo classes after Christmas break.

Sarah is now 12 years old. She takes piano and clarinet lessons. She plays clarinet in the 6th grade band. Sarah is very active in our church. She is the music teacher for the Sunday School, plays handchimes and occasionally substitutes in the hand bell group, helps with the Sonshine Kids club, and is a member of both the Pre-teen Ministry and Young Christian Actors Guild groups. Sarah is a member of the Girl Scouts. This summer she attended church camp twice. Sarah auditioned for a role as one of Peter Pan’s lost boys in the high school play which will be presented in the spring. Sarah got the role and couldn’t be more excited (nor we more proud). We’ll tell you all about it in next year’s letter.

The companies that Sue and John work for were both sold to new owners this year. Alexander’s Floral Designs was sold in May and relocated to a new building in Solon about a half a mile away from the previous location. Marconi Medical Systems (formerly Picker International) was recently sold to Royal Philips Electronics (headquartered in The Netherlands) and merged with Philips Medical Systems.
In addition to her part-time job at Alexander’s, Sue still does wedding flowers and custom orders from our home. She is a member of the Worship Committee and Altar Guild at The United Methodist Church of Macedonia. We celebrated Sue’s 40th birthday in June with a combination cookout and birthday party. She received many nice cards and gifts (and a few cards and gag gifts that had us all laughing). We all had a great time celebrating this milestone event.

John is still a member of the Men’s Chorale, Chancel Choir, Staff/Parish Committee, and is responsible for recording the church services and duplicating the tapes which are distributed to those members who cannot make it to church on Sunday morning. His latest obsession is with his new found friends on the “DIS” (which stands for Disney Information Station), a group of people on the internet who share their passion for all things Disney. James likes to refer to these people as “Dad’s Loser Friends”. We have had several get-togethers here in Ohio. We threw our own DIS party on Memorial Day. On another weekend, the family drove to Chicago to see the sights of the Windy City and to meet some of the Chicago DISers. John and Sarah even went so far as to drive to DISmeets in Cape Cod and Indianapolis (on back to back weekends no less). During our annual summer vacation to Walt Disney World, the family endured meeting some more of John’s friends. John’s screen name on the DIS is “Towncrier”. John took his very first solo vacation to Walt Disney World during the last week of November to attend the First Annual DIS-con (A Gathering of Friends) where he opened the ceremonies dressed in his Town Crier costume from Yankee Peddler. Sue, Sarah, and James have learned to live with dad’s new hobby.

Sue’s mom Marge, the other member of our family, still lives in Dalton. She is a frequent visitor to our house and accompanied us to Florida on vacation this past summer. John’s parents Maxine and Dwight celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

With the events of this past September still fresh in our minds, it is more important than ever to hold the phrase “Peace on Earth” in our hearts. Please take the time to hug your family and friends and tell them just how much they mean to you. We are blessed to live in a nation of everyday heroes and caring individuals.

God bless you
John, Sue, James, and Sarah

Big V
12-20-2001, 10:02 AM
Happy Holidays Towncrier! Thanks for sharing!:D

Boots
12-20-2001, 01:36 PM
Happy Holidays to you too!!!

oldkicker
12-20-2001, 02:54 PM
Happy Holidays to you and yours, John! :)

dizneenut
12-20-2001, 05:33 PM
Thanks for sharing, John! It was a pleasure meeting your family this year!!:)

Happy Holidays to your family, from my family!:)

iluvdisney
12-21-2001, 09:14 AM
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season Towncrier!

WDWfanatic288
12-21-2001, 05:23 PM
thanks for telling us about your family!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

KaraKW
12-21-2001, 10:55 PM
"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with the CB!" ;)

Happy Holidays, John!!

Kara :wave:

Pooh93
12-22-2001, 07:59 AM
Thanks for sharing Towncrier! What a busy and wonderful family you have. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!!http://www.plauder-smilies.de/xmas/wmann3.gif

Sheree Bobbins
12-23-2001, 08:36 AM
:bounce: Thanks Towncrier. Ah, that is so nice of you to distribute church tapes to the shut-ins! You're a blessing to your community!

DixieDreamer
12-23-2001, 08:39 AM
Merry Christmas Towncrier! I sincerely hope I get to meet you at DIS CON II.

Doctor P
12-24-2001, 06:48 AM
Thanks for sharing, John. Merry Christmas to the Hayes family!

Barb
12-24-2001, 07:32 AM
Thanks for sharing, John! To think you even mentioned us! ;)
Have a very Merry Christmas from our home to yours! Hope to see you all in May!! :) :D

rbuzzotta
12-24-2001, 08:08 AM
Thanks for the holiday greetings John. It was wonderful to meet you and the your family back at OKW this past summer. Here's to many more............

Peace and Joy to you and your family this holiday season...

Rosemary, Mike, Stephanie, Rachel and Kristen

shep
01-17-2002, 08:57 AM
Happy New Year John!!

cotye
01-18-2002, 08:01 PM
Guess my reply got lost... Happy New year! :)

minie mouse girl
01-21-2002, 08:25 AM
Happy Holidays to you