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Aberdeen ready to kick off holiday season

Three houses on the one-block-long Ford Street in Aberdeen are ready for the holidays. City Councilwoman Ruth Elliott praised the homes Monday for being "all decked out."
Three houses on the one-block-long Ford Street in Aberdeen are ready for the holidays. City Councilwoman Ruth Elliott praised the homes Monday for being "all decked out." (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF, PATUXENT HOMESTEAD)

Judging from the city council meeting Monday night, Aberdeen is all ready for Christmas already.

The council had no legislative activities on its agenda, but heard about a number of upcoming holiday events.

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The centerpiece of Aberdeen's celebrations is, of course, Christmas Street.

That event takes place this Saturday, starting with breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m., and culminating with the Christmas Street Parade at 3 p.m.

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In between, West Bel Air Avenue will be have a street fair and entertainment, and a Christmas craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire department downtown.

Later that evening, after the parade, Mayor Mike Bennett said, Charlie Zahm, a national performer of Celtic, maritime and traditional American music will perform a Christmas concert at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. That will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church at 201 Mount Royal Ave.

City Manager Doug Miller said Christmas Street is one of the more remarkable aspects of life in Aberdeen he has seen in his six years with the city.

"It really is something most impressive," Miller said. "This is all done by volunteers."

Councilwoman Ruth Elliott said a decorating contest will be put on by the Aberdeen Heritage Trust and the city's Appearance and Preservation Committee.

"We are trying to get as many folks as possible to decorate their homes," Elliott said. "I have seen quite an improvement so far and it's fairly early…I just think it's a great program and it seems to be working well."

Two charity events were also announced at the meeting.

Janice Grant, of Law Street, asked residents to donate winter coats for both children and adults to Helping Hands Ministries, on Level Road in Havre de Grace.

Bennett noted residents can also be put in touch with the ministry by contacting city hall.

Police Chief Henry Trabert encouraged residents to give to a holiday food and toy drive, which is running from Nov. 15 to Dec. 23.

The police department has set up a box for toys and nonperishable food items in its lobby.

"It's there 24-7, if anybody could drop by," Trabert said. "We are hoping we can get a large donation, we can distribute it to needy families."

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