Hometown Christmas


Santa Claus was ushered into downtown Bellefontaine on Friday night in the Hometown Christmas Parade in a scene perfectly set for the North Pole resident— snow and ice and more snow. ABOVE: Santa, played by Ron Wicker, visits with Layne Ferryman, 19 months old, in the Main Street Marketplace following the parade. BELOW: Mark Mitchell spins a doughnut for the crowd. He rode with his parents, Clint and Marlene Mitchell to raise awareness for organ donation. Clint Mitchell is kidney transplant recipient. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Darrel Trittschuh with Gretna Brethren Church hands out candy canes with an information card along the parade route. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)