Sherman’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration began with the area children’s breakfast with Santa in the Sherman Central School cafeteria at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Dec. 3. Santa was kept very busy for over and hour as the youngsters shared their Christmas requests with the jolly old man. Some of the younger ones sat on his lap and each child received a gift.
The bazaar and silent auction drew a large crowd of people during the day. The venders offered everything from candy to snowmen and much more. The Firemen’s Auxiliary was kept very busy serving their delicious food all day, much of it being homemade.
Another highlight was the lighting and decorating of the Christmas tree on Main Street. Some of the Sherman Central School band members, under the direction of bandleader Andrew Minton, provided Christmas music before the ceremony began. Even their instructor played the trombone. The group also played at the fire hall from 11 o’clock to 2 o’clock.
Prior to the ceremony, Pastor Paul Sears of the First Baptist Church spoke of the deceased Sherman people who were honored saying they had lived and worked diligently in the area, followed by a prayer of dedication. He read the names of each person or persons who had purchased a yellow ribbon in honor of deceased loved ones who had lived in Sherman in yesteryear. The giver or a substitute person decorated the tree with the ribbon and donor card.
The Christmas celebration concluded on Sunday evening as the fire hall filled up with area residents for the annual supper and service. The first thing on the agenda was the announcement of the chosen Person of the Year, who was honored by having the 2011 festival dedicated to them for their help and many contributions to the community over the years. Ed Deering announced John “Bob” Robert Rogers as the recipient of the 2011 Old Fashioned Christmas Man of the Year, presented the plaque to him and Rogers was loudly applauded and congratulated by all.
The potluck meal was enjoyed by all and a service followed. Pastor Sears led in singing Christmas hymns, his wife Margie being the accompanist. Taking part in the service were local pastors from Sherman and the local area including: Mina Church Pastor’s Bill Nicholson and Pastor Brent Scarem, Mina Church; Pastor Danny Fowler, Assembly Church; Father Jozef, Catholic Church; Pastor Marks Corners; Pastor Roger Wesley, Community Church; and Pastor Sears.
Pastor Wesley gave the devotion “What a Wonder.” He spoke about the reason for Christmas being the birth of Christ and the wonder of Mary’s experience being chosen by God to deliver the miraculous birth of Jesus and all the other wonders that happened on the day of the Christ child’s birth, all of which were planned and predicted years before in the Bible book of Isaac.
The evening concluded with Christmas music from St. Isaac Jogues Church, Community Church and First Baptist Church.
Many thanks go to those that worked so hard planning and caring out all the details for the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. They did a terrific job putting it all together and it was enjoyed by all who attended.
SHERMAN’S MAN OF THE YEAR, BOB ROGERS
John “Bob” Robert Rogers was declared “Man of the Year” at Sherman’s Old Fashioned Christmas dinner Sunday evening, Dec. 4 in the fire hall. He was born on April 1, 1942 in Rock Creek, Ohio. He is the son of the late Charles and Alice Rogers. He moved with his parents to Sherman when he was in first grade.
Rogers has a sister Marilynn Weaver (husband Ron) of Panama. His brother Ed passed away in 1993. He has two sons, Scott (Marisa) Rogers and Craig (Mandy) Rogers of Charlotte, N.C. He is the proud grandfather of Tyler, Ellie and Riley Rogers and the stepfather of Patricia and John Kelly.
Rogers has lived in Sherman for most of his life. He met his wife Mary when Sherril Rater introduced them on Sherman Day 1986. He is owner of Something Unique, a custom matting and framing business since 2005 and teaches calligraphy classes when there is interest.
Sherman’s “Man of the Year” is a member of St. Isaac Jogues Church, where he is an usher. He is a member and past president of the Lion’s Club and regularly attends Sherman Chamber of Commerce meetings and planning community events. He has been active on the Sherman Day Committee, has mapped out the line up of parade participants and a member of the board of Chautauqua Lake Leadership Network. Rogers is also a friend of Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, and designed tables for their Come to the Table fundraising event. Rogers has organized the Memorial Day parade and ceremony as a member of the American Legion.
Last but not least, Rogers loves to golf and enjoys watching golf, NASCAR racing and can cook great Chinese recipes.
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Photo by Elaine G. Cole
Troy and Jayne Chambers and Jordyn Manard, children of Dayna and Adam Chambers, enjoyed the experience of having breakfast with Santa, as evident by the smiles on their faces, on Saturday, Dec. 3 in the Sherman Central School cafeteria.