Life Looking Back for Jan. 4, 2013

‘Firefighter of the Year’ is Captain Bill Haluptzok

Saturday evening the Blaine-Spring Lake Park-Mounds View Fire Department held its annual Christmas party and banquet for the firefighters and their wives.

The dinner was prepared by Deputy Chief Cox, Captain Porter and other members of the department, turkey with all the fixings. After the meal, everyone danced until midnight, to the music of a local country-western band.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of “The Firefighter of the Year” award.

– 40 years ago, Dec. 22, 1972

Jefferson fourth graders give to Santa Anonymous

Students in Cheryl Mosby’s fourth grade class at Jefferson Elementary School decided to give gifts to Santa Anonymous this year in lieu of exchanging the traditional Christmas gifts at school and along the way learned a good lesson in economics.

According to Mosby, the students by secret ballot elected to bring their money they would have spent on exchanging gifts to the school to purchase gifts to be given to Santa Anonymous.

– 30 years ago, Dec. 24, 1982

What to do with the tree once holidays are over

Looking grand with its lights and trimmings, a Christmas tree represents glad tidings and holiday cheer. Eventually, though, that same tree must be disposed of.

To make it easier for Blaine residents to dispose of the trees, there will be a Christmas tree pick-up during the first two weeks of the new year. The pick-up service does not include mobile home parks and apartment complexes.

– 20 years ago, Dec. 25, 1992

• Compiled by Kelly Johnson

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