Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade & Santa Visits

Chamber’s Annual Christmas Parade & Santa Visits! On Saturday, December 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Wayland’s Annual Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior. Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is Christmas Wonderland which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. Interested in taking part in the parade?For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. Warm Clothing and Non-Perishable Food WANTED!The Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these items along the route. Items can be handed to the Scouts as the walk by. All items will go to help local families in need. Presenting: Our 2019 Grand Marshals Lindy & Eva Anderson Grand Marshals Lindy and Eva Anderson will lead the parade as their 2019 grand marshals.  The Andersons have lived in Wayland for over 50 years and have been married for 53 years. Lindy began his career in Wayland as a teacher prior to moving into an assistant principal role.  In addition, Lindy served on the City of Wayland Planning Commission, Community Fair Board, eight years on City Council, eight years as the Mayor, Allegan County Planning Commission, City of Wayland DDA, Wayland Union Education Foundation and the Gun Lake Casino Revenue Sharing Board. In his spare time, Lindy enjoys vegetable gardening and playing golf.  Eva worked as a Cosmetologist at Harlequin Hair Salon in Wayland for over thirty years prior to her retirement. Eva enjoyed...

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UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

UNITED BANK CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WARMTH WITH ANNUAL BLANKET THE COMMUNITY PROJECT Warm hearts coming together make a real difference to those who struggle to stay warm during the winter months. That’s why United Bank is continuing its Blanket the Community Project, collecting blankets at all its locations and distributing them to those in need.  The bank is encouraging anyone who can help to drop off new blankets to their local United Bank branch now through the end of the year. The bank will deliver those blankets to local organizations that serve families who are homeless or simply struggle to afford heating costs. Last year, United Bank collected over 1,200 blankets– enough to cover the length of 26 football fields. This year, United Bank will donate one dollar to Family Promise of Grand Rapids for every blanket received. Family Promise of Grand Rapids is a local nonprofit that partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children. “As a community bank, we feel it’s our responsibility to help support struggling local families,” said United Bank President & CEO Joe Manica. “These blankets do so much more than just meet an immediate need. They serve as a reminder to our neighbors in need that they’re not alone during difficult times, and that their community cares about them.” Founded in 1887, United Bank has more than $700 million in assets. The bank operates 12 locations throughout West Michigan, plus mortgage, wealth management and insurance divisions. A leading business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of business and personal banking products that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized...

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Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details

Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details The first full weekend of December has been set for a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities in Wayland. The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00pm which will be the start of the Wayland Main Street Annual Art Hop from 5:00pm-9:00pm. During the Art Hop, the downtown streets will be transformed into an Art Hop celebrating with many Christmas festivities. The street will closed so guests so can walk safely from the different venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many family friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming stations, strolling carolers, musicians, an annual Christmas tree lighting, and much more. Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. For additional details on Art Hop, please call 269. 525.2323, visit www.downtownwayland.com or email info@downtownwayland.com. On Saturday, December 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the annual Christmas Parade.  Leading the parade are the 2019 Grand Marshals Lindy and Eva Anderson. The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior.  Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is “Christmas Wonderland” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. For additional information, please call 269.792.9246. In addition, the Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats for charity. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these...

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Chamber Scholarship Recipient Announced

Article 1: Chamber Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipient Camber Barko The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly announced 2019 Wayland High School graduate Camber Barko as the recipient of the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship valued at $500. The Scholarship Committee looked for a variety of experiences, involvements, volunteering, and short essay answers when deciding whom to select for this scholarship. Several items stood out with Camber’s application including the time she devotes to volunteering in and around the community as well as tutoring refugee children. Camber plans to continue to continue her education at Florida International University studying Mass Communication and Spanish.  The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of Camber and wishes her the best in her future...

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VFW Announces Memorial Day Events

Wayland Memorial Day Events Announced – Monday, May 27, 2019 All are invited to Wayland’s VFW Annual Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 27th. Veterans are needed for cemetery honors and parade participation. The bus for the cemetery honors will depart at 7:30am from the Wayland VFW. The cemetery schedule is: 8:00am: Hooker8:20am: Hill8:50am: Native American9:15am: Germond9:45am: St. Cyrils & Methodias10:15am: Elmwood As always, we ask that trucks/semis refrain from blowing horns and sirens throughout the parade duration. Beginning at 11:00am is the Annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at the MI State Police Post and concluding at the Wayland VFW Post 7581. For parade details and City Police parade rules, please view https://www.waylandchamber.org/eventscommunity. At the parade conclusion, the public is invited to the VFW to enjoy the BBQ. Cash/Check ONLY for the luncheon. If you are able to participate for the cemetery honors, would like to volunteer at the luncheon, or have any questions, please contact the Wayland VFW Post #7581 at 269-792-2975 (after...

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