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Shop Imlay City First for gifts

December 16, 2009
It is hard to believe December is here and Christmas just days away. There's only a few shopping days left so make sure you stop by the area businesses to finish up your gift list. Imlay City is a great place to live, work and do business. By 'shopping local' you help support your community and save yourself the travel time. There are many unique shops in and around town. Shop Imlay City First! See a list of businesses on our Web site at

With the year quickly coming to an end we want to thank our outgoing board members for their hard work: Julie Salsido, Ken Swanstrom and John Johnson. We thank you for your support in helping to make Imlay City a better place to do business.

Congratulations to our new and returning Board Members; Bob Muir, Deb Somers, Dennis Collison, and Randy Jorgensen. I look forward to working with all in the upcoming year. It is an honor to have them on our Board.

December had an exciting start in Imlay City with the Christmas Parade, Dinner Dance and Christmas Decorating Contest. With the help of the promotions committee they were all a huge success!

In our Christmas Decorating Contest we found it hard to select a winner since there were so many beautiful decorations! The winners in the business category were: 1st place - Creations Floral, 2nd Place -CSB Bank, and 3rd Place - The Learning Depot-Michigan Business Products. In the residential category, 1st Place went to Karl and Sandy Iloncai, 2nd Place to Jason and Deborah Sanders and 3rd to Victor and Joanne Moenaert. All were given "Chamber Bucks" recognizing their effort.

On Dec. 4 area businesses held Customer Appreciation Day and had special promotions for shoppers to kick off their holiday shopping. In the evening we held our Light Up Imlay City Christmas Parade. The floats were amazing this year and despite the cold weather we had a good turnout. Many children stopped by to see Santa after the parade at the Historical Museum. A special thanks to all who participated

This year's award winners were announced at the annual Christmas Dinner Dance. It was held at Country Side Banquet Center with 112 in attendance. State Rep. Kevin Daley presented the Citizen of the Year award to Kim Jorgensen which included a Proclamation signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm. Kim is a very deserving individual and has dedicated the past 29 years volunteering and serving on numerous boards and committees to make Imlay City a better place.

The Merit Award was presented by Gwynn Hintz, to Tom Hanson of Niche Line Builders. They are a group of Engine Builders at the Romeo Ford Plant who raise money to help those less fortunate. They began as a coffee club and donated the proceeds to those in need. It grew from there. They have donated money to pay for cancer treatments, food, clothing, transportation, and much more. Tom and his crew believe that helping others is not a choice but something everyone must do. The money we raised through the 50/50 raffle was donated to them as a contribution from the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Service Club Organization Award was presented by Mayor Rod Warner and went to the Blueberry Committee. The Board wanted to recognize them for the many years of dedication and volunteering of time to make the event a success. The Blueberry Festival marks its 30th Anniversary in 2010.

I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals for donating money, time and items for our silent auction. Without their help the evening wouldn't be possible.

Good Morning Imlay City

Beginning in January we will be hosting a new format for informational sessions and networking. Anyone is welcome to attend. On Jan. 13, the first event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Tietz Restaurant. City Manager Amy Planck and Mayor Rod Warner will present the State of the Community. The cost is $8 per member and includes a breakfast buffet and coffee. Non-members are also welcome to attend for $10. Pre-registration is required. Those interested in sponsoring the event for $25 have the opportunity to highlight their business at the meeting. This is a great chance to network with others in the community. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Kim at (810)724-1361.

Holiday Giving

The Boy Scout Food Basket Program will be going on again this year. Eighty food baskets will be delivered on Sun., Dec. 20. Those who would like to help deliver baskets are asked to meet at the fairgrounds at 9 a.m. on Dec. 20 deliver. To donate, bring your non-perishable item to R. E. Blank / Fiducial - open 8 a.m.-noon or l-5 p.m. Mon.- Friday, (810) 724-6431.

Holiday Events

Mom & Dad, do you need the last day before Christmas Eve to run last minute errands and finish up your wrapping? Bring your kids to the studio Pajama Jam for a day of Christmas fun! Crafts, games, prizes, manicures, dancing, Bingo, pizza, cake and treat bags included. Kids, wear your pajamas and bring a blanket!

Wed., Dec.23, Marlette Studio 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,

3274 Main Street Marlette (989) 635-0096

Imlay City Studio 2-6 p.m., 131 Bancroft Imlay City (810) 724-8414

Space is limited. Deadline to register is December 17.

Cost is $20 plus $6 for take home crafts and lunch. Visit

Santa will be at the Imlay City McDonald's December 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All children will receive a gift from Santa. Have dinner with Santa at the Imlay City Big Boy today (Dec. 16) from 6-8 p.m. Free picture with Santa and gift.

New Year's Eve Party will be held at Countryside Banquet Center. Call (810)724-5544 for details.

Thank you to the following new members: Smokers Palace; Mortimer Lumber; Sanctuary at Maple Vista.

Thank you to the following renewing members: Imlay City Hardware, Alert Medical Care, Tietz Restaurant, Imlay City Fraternal Order of Eagles #4082, Liebler Agency, Inc.; Kroger-Imlay City.

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