What a busy and fun time of the year this is. We had an awesome showing last evening at the Chapin Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall. Thanks again to Natalie McCoy, her helpers and the children of Chapin United Methodist Church for brightening a damp, chilly evening with their joyful voices. I can still hear them singing “Jump for Jesus!” And special thanks to the members of the Chapin High jazz ensemble that performed a medley of holiday tunes for our event – Nathan Lee, Jackson Brownfield, David Hancock, Josh Musto, Micah Norgaard and Will Eastesday. Santa Claus came out to wish the boys and girls a Merry Christmas, and I enjoyed reading to the children, too. Our elves at Town Hall did a great job organizing the festivities, and everyone seemed to have a great time.
We had a beautiful Arbor Day ceremony last Friday at the new Chapin Technology Park. It was good to see a variety of business people and citizens who came out for our tree dedication and the unveiling of the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation’s new logo. Chapin High senior Alexis DeJesus came up with the winning design, which features two hands holding a sapling with heart shaped leaves. The group has big plans to renovate the little greenspace on Chapin Road near Beaufort Street, and folks who want to get involved should contact Karen Owens at Town Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Judy and I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Justin Pepper Foundation’s Toy Drive and Birthday Breakfast on Saturday. The food was delicious, and they loaded up six large boxes of toys for the children at Thornwell. They are collecting through the 16th of this month, and there is a toy box in the lobby at Town Hall if you would like to donate some toys for deserving boys and girls.
The Chapin Police also collected a large number of toys this past weekend, as they held their annual Stuff a Patrol Car event at Boland’s ACE hardware store for Toys for Tots. And we thank the Chapin Woman’s Club for their gift bags for our police officers and other first responders in the greater Chapin area last week. I know the officers appreciate their thoughtful gifts and the club’s support of their efforts to keep our residents and businesses safe.
I hope you will join me for the volunteer day being held this Saturday by Homes for Our Troops. Volunteers are needed to work on the landscaping for Sgt. Robert Barber’s new home at 104 Glenwood Drive. If you can help, please visit www.hfotusa.org/attend_event to register online. Or show up at 9:30 am on Saturday to lend a helping hand.
The championship drive is still alive as the Chapin Varsity Football team enters the fourth round of the playoffs with a game this Friday versus Hartsville. A win Friday lands them a berth in the state finals next weekend at Williams-Brice Stadium. This marks the first time Chapin has made the fourth round since 1985, and since 1974 if they get to finals next week. Come out and show your Chapin pride and cheer our football team on to victory. Tickets are just $7, and the game starts at 7:30 pm at Cecil Woolbright Stadium.