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Sullivan: Raise a glass, Wonder Lake dredging to begin

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 9:02 p.m. CDT

Santa will be at the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Come one and all to our annual Winter Wonder Walk and its fun.  

I have to admit, I love this event probably more than any other throughout the year. It’s become a tradition for generations of families. The children, the innocence, the smiles from the young parents, the groups of friends who come back year after year to have a picture taken together and the timeless memories we are helping create. The Winter Wonder Walk helps to kick off this holiday season in the spirit it was meant to.

Professional photographer Nancy Daurio will be taking pictures of the children with Santa, and a personalized letter from Santa will arrive with your picture within five days.

Santa will be giving out huge bakery cookies sponsored by Justen’s Wonder Lake Funeral Home and goody bags filled with coupons, tooth brushes, water bottles, fortune cookies and much more. Each child will get a map listing all the businesses that will be giving out Christmas treats and toys up and down Hancock Drive. Families can hop aboard the horse-drawn carriage rides pulled by Tiny, a huge Belgian draft horse, sponsored by NRB Land Dev/Thatcher Meadows. C & A Auto Body & Storage will be sponsoring the sculpting talents of Wonder Lake resident Mark Johnson.  Parents and children can enter to win one of the many raffle gifts from Woodstock Harley-Davidson, McHenry Hampton Inn, Gary Lang Auto Group, Dr. James J. Schroeder DDS, Adams Service Center and many more.

Join us and don’t forget your list.

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I typically use this December column and the end of the year to reflect on some personal thoughts. Wonder Lake is a bright little community. It is filled with people from every walk of life. This year something extraordinary has happened in little Wonder Lake, and it has been waiting to happen since the late 1960s. The last permit, of many permits, has finally been received and the dredging process for Wonder Lake can now begin. To some, this may be ho-hum news, but to those who remember the long journey and the many ups and downs over the past 45 or so years, it’s much more. It’s magical.

What’s even sweeter is living here for 20 years and having the privilege to witness it. To watch the citizens who have given so unselfishly to work and educate and inform us every step of the way has been a gift. Whether you saw the importance of it or were opposed to it, one thing I think everyone would agree on is the passion that drove us to this point. Personally, I believe one man was the motivating force for everyone. But I know he would say it also was a collaboration of residents and committees and many of the remarkable organizations in Wonder Lake, working together. For me it’s been such a great experience to witness and be a part of. Along the way, my family and I have met many people who I am fortunate enough to call my friends.      

I raise my glass and thank you all. 

Have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. 

• Donna Sullivan is executive director of the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-728-0682. 

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