The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 25, 2012

Santa brings his holiday spirit to Andover

ANDOVER — A tradition that dates back at least three decades continued Saturday night as Santa arrived on village square on a fire engine, said Andover Council President Myra Brown.

Brown said the annual Christmas parade has grown around the tradition and included 15 different units ranging from a senior citizens dance team to the Pymatuning Valley cheerleaders.

Children staked out their spots along the village square seeking an ideal place to grab candy thrown from passing floats and still be close to the line to see Santa Claus.

“This is the second year (coming to the parade). My granddaughter was in Girl Scouts last year. This year she’s in Cadets. We love coming to this parade,” said Colleen Kolesar of Andover.

Asha Hamilton, Little Miss Pymatuning, smiled broadly while waving to people along the parade route as temperatures dipped into the low 30s.

Children even had to dig through a coating of snow on the ground to grab some of the candy thrown to them from the parade floats.

Gina Gudukas, 21 months, of Pittsburgh was experiencing her first area Christmas parade all wrapped up in a winter jacket in the arms of her mother Carla Gudukas. The family comes to the area regularly and decided to visit this weekend.

Dozens of people waited in a long line to see Santa at the pavilion on the southeast side of the square. After seeing Santa the children were treated to hot chocolate and refreshments.

Firefighters threw candy from an Andover Fire Department engine and Santa stood on the side waving to the children before arriving at his chair in the pavilion.

Text Only
Local News
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon