Holiday activities delight all ages


Shelby County Casa Director Bridget Davis looks over the presents that were taken to a Rolling Hills Christmas party for kids who are in need of support, in Sidney, recently.

Shelby County Casa Director Bridget Davis looks over the presents that were taken to a Rolling Hills Christmas party for kids who are in need of support, in Sidney, recently.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Andy Armstrong, left, of Russia, gets some cranberry sauce from Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart during the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jeff Pollard, left, of Sidney, donates a full cart of toys to the Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus toy drive at Walmart Friday, Dec. 8. Pollard donated the toys on behalf of Best One Tire. Local mascots competed to see which one could elicit the most toys. Taking part in the friendly competition were Sparky, from the Sidney Fire Department, Daren, the DARE Lion from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Willy the Wise Owl from the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Safety Pup and McGruff the Crime Dog from the Sidney Police Department, and two Minions from NKTelco. Santa was also there to take children’s toy requests.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Anna Jazz Band keeps things cool by performing at the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9. The free dinner was held in the Shelby County Civil Defense Building.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out candy canes during the Sidney Civic Band’s Christmas Concert conducted by Phil Chilcote at Connection Point Church of God, Sunday, Dec. 10. Chris Gibbs was the master of ceremonies. Tenor Gregory Ashe performed three vocal solos.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Eli Mash, left, 5, son of Serena Cranford and Chris Schoffner, eats a spoonful of mashed potatoes next to his great-grandpa, Orville Schoffner, both of Sidney, at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Hank Holthaus, 6, left, asks Santa for a big drone for Christmas, while Hank’s younger sister, Allie Holthaus, 1, both of Minster, sits on Santa’s lap. Standing behind Hank is his older sister Carmen Holthaus, 9, of Minster, all children of Brian and Corrie Holthaus. Santa arrived at the Minster gazebo on a Minster Fire Department fire truck, Saturday, Dec. 9. Kids could eat cookies while they waited to see Santa and hang ornaments on the tree located behind Santa. Mrs. Claus also came with Santa to visit with children.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Averi Werling, center, 10, of Anna, daughter of Heather Werling, delivers a plate of food to Martha Simon, right, of Russia, as Hilda Francis, left, of Russia, turns to talk to her at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Baking mashed potatoes for the 2017 Community Christmas Dinner at the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9, are Temperance Lodge No. 73 members, left to right, Ronnie Branscum, of Sidney, Cory Branscum, of Anna, Joe Snider, of New Bremen, and Terry Cupp, of Sidney.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Mariah Johnson, 9, of Sidney, daughter of Jen Molitor and Cedric Johnson, asks Santa for an iPhone 7 during the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner in the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9. Santa and his elves handed out toys as kids waited in line for food.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Sidney 6th grade band performs its Christmas concert at the Sidney High School, Monday, Dec. 11.


Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

A line of children and their parents wait to see Santa in Minster, Saturday, Dec. 9. The first significant snowfall of the year covered the ground.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Shelby County Casa Director Bridget Davis looks over the presents that were taken to a Rolling Hills Christmas party for kids who are in need of support, in Sidney, recently.

Andy Armstrong, left, of Russia, gets some cranberry sauce from Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart during the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney.

Jeff Pollard, left, of Sidney, donates a full cart of toys to the Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus toy drive at Walmart Friday, Dec. 8. Pollard donated the toys on behalf of Best One Tire. Local mascots competed to see which one could elicit the most toys. Taking part in the friendly competition were Sparky, from the Sidney Fire Department, Daren, the DARE Lion from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Willy the Wise Owl from the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Safety Pup and McGruff the Crime Dog from the Sidney Police Department, and two Minions from NKTelco. Santa was also there to take children’s toy requests.

The Anna Jazz Band keeps things cool by performing at the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9. The free dinner was held in the Shelby County Civil Defense Building.

Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out candy canes during the Sidney Civic Band’s Christmas Concert conducted by Phil Chilcote at Connection Point Church of God, Sunday, Dec. 10. Chris Gibbs was the master of ceremonies. Tenor Gregory Ashe performed three vocal solos.

Eli Mash, left, 5, son of Serena Cranford and Chris Schoffner, eats a spoonful of mashed potatoes next to his great-grandpa, Orville Schoffner, both of Sidney, at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.

Hank Holthaus, 6, left, asks Santa for a big drone for Christmas, while Hank’s younger sister, Allie Holthaus, 1, both of Minster, sits on Santa’s lap. Standing behind Hank is his older sister Carmen Holthaus, 9, of Minster, all children of Brian and Corrie Holthaus. Santa arrived at the Minster gazebo on a Minster Fire Department fire truck, Saturday, Dec. 9. Kids could eat cookies while they waited to see Santa and hang ornaments on the tree located behind Santa. Mrs. Claus also came with Santa to visit with children.

Averi Werling, center, 10, of Anna, daughter of Heather Werling, delivers a plate of food to Martha Simon, right, of Russia, as Hilda Francis, left, of Russia, turns to talk to her at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.

Baking mashed potatoes for the 2017 Community Christmas Dinner at the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9, are Temperance Lodge No. 73 members, left to right, Ronnie Branscum, of Sidney, Cory Branscum, of Anna, Joe Snider, of New Bremen, and Terry Cupp, of Sidney.

Mariah Johnson, 9, of Sidney, daughter of Jen Molitor and Cedric Johnson, asks Santa for an iPhone 7 during the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner in the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9. Santa and his elves handed out toys as kids waited in line for food.

The Sidney 6th grade band performs its Christmas concert at the Sidney High School, Monday, Dec. 11.

A line of children and their parents wait to see Santa in Minster, Saturday, Dec. 9. The first significant snowfall of the year covered the ground.

Shelby County Casa Director Bridget Davis looks over the presents that were taken to a Rolling Hills Christmas party for kids who are in need of support, in Sidney, recently.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage11-1.jpgShelby County Casa Director Bridget Davis looks over the presents that were taken to a Rolling Hills Christmas party for kids who are in need of support, in Sidney, recently. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

Andy Armstrong, left, of Russia, gets some cranberry sauce from Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart during the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage7-1.jpgAndy Armstrong, left, of Russia, gets some cranberry sauce from Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart during the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9, on the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jeff Pollard, left, of Sidney, donates a full cart of toys to the Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus toy drive at Walmart Friday, Dec. 8. Pollard donated the toys on behalf of Best One Tire. Local mascots competed to see which one could elicit the most toys. Taking part in the friendly competition were Sparky, from the Sidney Fire Department, Daren, the DARE Lion from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Willy the Wise Owl from the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Safety Pup and McGruff the Crime Dog from the Sidney Police Department, and two Minions from NKTelco. Santa was also there to take children’s toy requests.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage2-1.jpgJeff Pollard, left, of Sidney, donates a full cart of toys to the Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus toy drive at Walmart Friday, Dec. 8. Pollard donated the toys on behalf of Best One Tire. Local mascots competed to see which one could elicit the most toys. Taking part in the friendly competition were Sparky, from the Sidney Fire Department, Daren, the DARE Lion from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Willy the Wise Owl from the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, Safety Pup and McGruff the Crime Dog from the Sidney Police Department, and two Minions from NKTelco. Santa was also there to take children’s toy requests. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Anna Jazz Band keeps things cool by performing at the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9. The free dinner was held in the Shelby County Civil Defense Building.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage3-1.jpgThe Anna Jazz Band keeps things cool by performing at the 2017 Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 9. The free dinner was held in the Shelby County Civil Defense Building. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out candy canes during the Sidney Civic Band’s Christmas Concert conducted by Phil Chilcote at Connection Point Church of God, Sunday, Dec. 10. Chris Gibbs was the master of ceremonies. Tenor Gregory Ashe performed three vocal solos.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage1-1.jpgSanta and Mrs. Claus hand out candy canes during the Sidney Civic Band’s Christmas Concert conducted by Phil Chilcote at Connection Point Church of God, Sunday, Dec. 10. Chris Gibbs was the master of ceremonies. Tenor Gregory Ashe performed three vocal solos. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Eli Mash, left, 5, son of Serena Cranford and Chris Schoffner, eats a spoonful of mashed potatoes next to his great-grandpa, Orville Schoffner, both of Sidney, at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage6-1.jpgEli Mash, left, 5, son of Serena Cranford and Chris Schoffner, eats a spoonful of mashed potatoes next to his great-grandpa, Orville Schoffner, both of Sidney, at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Hank Holthaus, 6, left, asks Santa for a big drone for Christmas, while Hank’s younger sister, Allie Holthaus, 1, both of Minster, sits on Santa’s lap. Standing behind Hank is his older sister Carmen Holthaus, 9, of Minster, all children of Brian and Corrie Holthaus. Santa arrived at the Minster gazebo on a Minster Fire Department fire truck, Saturday, Dec. 9. Kids could eat cookies while they waited to see Santa and hang ornaments on the tree located behind Santa. Mrs. Claus also came with Santa to visit with children.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage9-1.jpgHank Holthaus, 6, left, asks Santa for a big drone for Christmas, while Hank’s younger sister, Allie Holthaus, 1, both of Minster, sits on Santa’s lap. Standing behind Hank is his older sister Carmen Holthaus, 9, of Minster, all children of Brian and Corrie Holthaus. Santa arrived at the Minster gazebo on a Minster Fire Department fire truck, Saturday, Dec. 9. Kids could eat cookies while they waited to see Santa and hang ornaments on the tree located behind Santa. Mrs. Claus also came with Santa to visit with children. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Averi Werling, center, 10, of Anna, daughter of Heather Werling, delivers a plate of food to Martha Simon, right, of Russia, as Hilda Francis, left, of Russia, turns to talk to her at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage5-1.jpgAveri Werling, center, 10, of Anna, daughter of Heather Werling, delivers a plate of food to Martha Simon, right, of Russia, as Hilda Francis, left, of Russia, turns to talk to her at the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner Saturday, Dec. 9. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Baking mashed potatoes for the 2017 Community Christmas Dinner at the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9, are Temperance Lodge No. 73 members, left to right, Ronnie Branscum, of Sidney, Cory Branscum, of Anna, Joe Snider, of New Bremen, and Terry Cupp, of Sidney.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage8-1.jpgBaking mashed potatoes for the 2017 Community Christmas Dinner at the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9, are Temperance Lodge No. 73 members, left to right, Ronnie Branscum, of Sidney, Cory Branscum, of Anna, Joe Snider, of New Bremen, and Terry Cupp, of Sidney. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Mariah Johnson, 9, of Sidney, daughter of Jen Molitor and Cedric Johnson, asks Santa for an iPhone 7 during the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner in the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9. Santa and his elves handed out toys as kids waited in line for food.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage4-1.jpgMariah Johnson, 9, of Sidney, daughter of Jen Molitor and Cedric Johnson, asks Santa for an iPhone 7 during the Shelby County United Way Community Christmas Dinner in the Civil Defense Building, Saturday, Dec. 9. Santa and his elves handed out toys as kids waited in line for food. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

The Sidney 6th grade band performs its Christmas concert at the Sidney High School, Monday, Dec. 11.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage12-1.jpgThe Sidney 6th grade band performs its Christmas concert at the Sidney High School, Monday, Dec. 11. Amy Chupp | Sidney Daily News

A line of children and their parents wait to see Santa in Minster, Saturday, Dec. 9. The first significant snowfall of the year covered the ground.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/12/web1_-SDN121317ChristPage10-1.jpgA line of children and their parents wait to see Santa in Minster, Saturday, Dec. 9. The first significant snowfall of the year covered the ground. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News