H OLIDAY ! Holiday! is a publication of the Ottumwa Courier PUBLISHER: Ron Gutierrez CELEBRATING A SEASON OF MAGIC EDITOR : Tracy Goldizen WRITERS : Juliana Goodwin Mark Newman Jan Touney Winona Whitaker PHOTOGRAPHERS: Juliana Goodwin Mark Newman Winona Whitaker GRAPHIC DESIGN: Indiana Media Group ADVERTISING SALES: Matt Carriker Jodi German Trenton Goodell Tyler Goodell Liz Techel 213 E. Second St. Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641-683-5367 email@example.com @CourierTracy on Twitter ON THE COVER Sparky the Fire Dog becomes Sparky Claus, the face of the Ottumwa Fire Department’s toy drive, every Christmas. Photo by Winona Whitaker 4 HOLIDAY! T he season of holiday magic is upon us. Despite the cold weather, it’s one of my favorite times of year. I love seeing all the decorations, seeing the lights, shopping for loved ones and spending time with them and hearing the carols. It brings so much joy to my heart. For some, the holiday season brings a time of remembrance. That is highlighted every year in Central Park with the Lights of Love display of trees. Read on in this issue to see why this event is so special to both the organizers and those who sponsor trees. Tracy Goldizen It can be hard to for- EDITOR, get sometimes that HOLIDAY! there are others less follow Tracy on Twitter fortunate than us. Two organizations in town, @CourierTracy American Home Finding Association and the Ottumwa Fire Department, keep this in mind throughout the holiday sea- son. One organization, AHFA, is built to support kids in need and their families all year long. A new tradition of holiday fund- raisers allows the public to explore two of Ottumwa’s historic buildings. The OFD, meanwhile, saw a need for more toys for low-income children. The department jumped into action with Sparky Claus. Then there are Christmas traditions. If you’ve had trouble keeping a fresh Christmas tree healthy throughout the entire season or are utilizing one for the first time, check out the advice Angie Atwood of Atwood’s Christmas Trees gives. And if you’re entertaining, we have a host of easy, low-cost decorating ideas from our food columnist, Juliana Goodwin. She also supplies recipes for a holiday gathering, and IHCC Culinary Arts Program Director Mark Fisher pitches in with one of his own. Writer Mark Newman found a twist on a popular Christmas gift: trains. Except these trains aren’t O gauge, HO gauge or N gauge. These are full-size cars. Some have even appeared in blockbuster mov- ies. The holidays are such a fun, special time of year. We hope this issue helps you with your planning or simple enjoyment of such a pleasant season. Merry Christmas! Tracy Goldizen Editor, Holiday!