As December arrives, I'd like to take a moment to wish everyone well. This season is a time for reflection and joy. It's a season where we can appreciate the simple pleasures of life, the warmth of community, and the spirit of togetherness that enriches our lives.
This year has particularly highlighted the strong community spirit in Troy. As we spend time with family, friends, and loved ones, let's remember to share the joy that this season brings.
I'd like to extend a big thanks to AVISTA for their outstanding work in restoring gas service after our recent natural gas outage. Their ability to coordinate with teams from eight different states was impressive, truly demonstrating what can be achieved through efficient teamwork and solid collaboration.
Finally, don't forget about our 3rd Annual Christmas Fest at the Park on December 2nd, from 4 PM to 7 PM. It promises to be a fun evening with music, food, drinks, and performances. It's a great opportunity to gather, celebrate, and kick off the holiday season together. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
I hope your holidays are enjoyable and memorable. Merry Christmas to all. May your homes be happy and your time with loved ones be fulfilling. And as always, I am proud to be your Mayor!
Mayor Steve Corr
The Christmas Eve Adventure of Whiskers the Cat
In the small town of Snowflake Ridge, there lived a cat named Whiskers who was very fascinated with Christmas, particularly the Christmas tree. This year, Whiskers decided she would be the first feline in history to climb to the top of the town’s gigantic outdoor Christmas tree. The night before Christmas, Whiskers set out on her daring climb. The townspeople slept soundly as she scaled past strings of lights and shiny ornaments.
However, as she neared the top, Whiskers realized she hadn’t thought about how to get down.
Just then, on his yearly journey, Santa Claus flew past and saw Whiskers in distress. With a chuckle, Santa, who spoke fluent cat, asked if she needed help. Whiskers, trying to maintain her dignity, requested a “slight lift.” With a twinkle in his eye, Santa gently picked her up and placed her in the front seat of his sleigh. Together, they delivered the last few presents around Snowflake Ridge. Whiskers was awestruck by the magic of the night.
As dawn broke, Santa returned Whiskers to her home, where she was greeted as a hero. She had, after all, flown with Santa Claus! From that day on, Whiskers no longer climbed Christmas trees; she felt her adventure with Santa was enough excitement for nine lifetimes.
Every Christmas thereafter, the patrons would find a tiny, cat-sized Santa hat at the foot of the tree, a secret reminder of the night Whiskers had the greatest Christmas adventure a cat could wish for.
Did you know December 12th is National Ding-A-Ling Day? A
holiday encouraging people to reach out to friends and loved ones they haven't spoken to in a while.
It's time to dust off your phone book, or more likely, scroll through your phone's endless contact list to find that friend you last texted during the Stone Age. Give them a ring and remind them you're still around, not just a legend from their past. It's the perfect opportunity to surprise someone with a "remember me?" call and maybe find out if they still owe you that coffee from 2015!
Join us at the Troy Community Library for some festive fun! Enjoy games and hot cocoa on December 27th, 28th, January 3rd, and 4th during our regular hours. And if you're looking to add more sparkle to your Christmas tree, come create ornaments with us from December 6th to 21st.
We offer two crafting options using buttons and pine cones, suitable for all ages (though little ones might need a helping hand). Don't miss our December STEAM Take-away Activity, geared for elementary-aged children: Bird Feeders! Available from December 20th, these kits are first-come, first-served due to limited supplies.
And remember, our regular Story time sessions are every Thursday at 10:30 am, except on holidays and when otherwise posted. Please note the breaks on December 21st, 28th, and January 5th. Story time will resume on January 12th.
If you have questions about anything happening at the library this month, please call Michelle Sturdy at 208-835-4311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention all holiday enthusiasts & cheerful decorators:
The countdown has begun! It's time to jump on the holiday cheer train or risk being the lone shadow in a sea of sparkling lights. To turn up the heat (and the lights), we're rolling out a merry-making house contest with some jolly cash prizes up for grabs. So, dust off your decorations and light up those eaves—our community is about to shine bright!
The most dazzling display wins $300, with second and third places lighting up their wallets with $200 and $100, respectively. On your marks, get set, sparkle!
To sign up for participation: Call (208) 835 2741 or online at www.Troyidaho.net
DEADLINE: DEC. 22 | WINNERS ANNOUNCED: DEC. 27
Santa Claus: The Evolution from Saint Nicholas
Santa Claus, a figure steeped in folklore and tradition, has a history that stretches back centuries. His origins are often traced to the 4th-century Christian bishop Saint Nicholas of Myra, who was known for his generous gifts to the poor.
Over time, Saint Nicholas's story merged with various European folktales and legends, including the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, from which the name "Santa Claus" evolved. In the 19th century, Santa underwent a significant transformation in the United States, where he acquired his now-iconic red suit and jolly demeanor,
largely thanks to the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly known as "The
Night Before Christmas") and later, illustrations by Thomas Nast.
Today, Santa Claus is a beloved figure in popular culture, symbolizing the spirit of giving and joy during the Christmas season.
Thrifted Treasures: A Guide to Christmas Gifting on a Budget
Thrift store shopping for Christmas gifts is a budget-friendly way to find unique presents. Start by making a list of people you're buying for and any specific interests they have. When you visit the thrift store, keep an open mind; part of the joy is in discovering unexpected treasures.
Look for items in good condition, and remember, a good clean or a minor repair can turn a second-hand item into a cherished gift.
Consider upcycling or personalizing your finds to add a special touch. For example, an
old frame can be repainted and fitted with a new picture. Thrift stores are also great for finding unique decorations and wrapping materials, making your gifts even more special.
By shopping at thrift stores, you're saving money and giving items a second life, making your Christmas gifts both thoughtful and sustainable.
Winter is just around the corner. Please remember to remove trailers, parked cars and other items from the side of the streets to allow for plowing once the snow arrives. Temporary winter parking is available at the back parking lot at the city park FREE of charge. PERMIT REQUIRED. For more info on how to obtain a permit, please contact City Hall (208) 835-2741.