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Thursday, November 22, 1956   Vol. C595



East Farewell – The holiday season was ushered into East Farewell with the traditional Thanksgiving Day Parade. Once again led by the Regional High School Pep Band the parade wound down Lake Shore Drive and up Main Street to Boyle’s Department Store where Santa was “delivered” to take his seat of honor in the store surrounded by his elves he was ho-ho-hoing all the way up the stairs. Once again this year Charles Boyle was the Grand Marshall and prime organizer. He is the owner of Boyle’s Department Store and has headed up the overall organization of the parade. This is the ninth year of the parade and its popularity grows every year.  Crowds have been coming to the parade every year and have brought a big boost to the town economy. It also has created a true tradition in town. Everyone looks forward to the Thanksgiving Day Parade is commonly heard when asked for an opinion. This year the crowds were even larger than last year and close to the largest crowd ever which was back in 1952 when the Iron Works announced it was expanding and offered many new jobs. No new job offerings this year but that did not keep the visitors away. They streamed in on Friday and filled the Lakefront Plaza and Main Street Friday night and lined the streets Saturday morning. The Parade kicked off at 9:00AM at the head of Lake Shore Drive with the Pep Band followed by the VFW Vets in full dress uniform, the fabulous, dancing Super Strutters from Central, the always popular Slate Mountain String Band, the crowd cheering Flat Rock Twirlers with their lighted batons, the East Farewell Volunteer Fire Company, the local Scout Troops and the local dogs from the SPCA who were available for adoption after the parade. In a surprise appearance, the Cougars Varsity Football team marched much to the delight of all. The Regional High School Marching Band rounded out the wonderfully diverse group in the position of honor, last before Santa’s sled which was led by reindeer that looked suspiciously like horses with antlers. The sled pulled up to Boyle’s at noon and Santa waved, laughed and headed inside. The RHS Band continued to play for a half hour as has become the standard while folks listened, shopped, visited Santa and dined at any one of the number of restaurants that were open.  The afternoon was turned over to Cougars football as they took the field and celebrated their homecoming. During halftime while the band played popular Christmas hits Santa made a surprise appearance with his “reindeers”, sled and a very fetching Mrs. Claus who was actually local celebrity, Natalie Mallard

Charles Boyle with ‘Dasher’, Santa, Mrs. Clause and an elf




East Farewell- The Cougars had a big day on Thanksgiving. Having marched earlier in the parade, they made there way over to the field and prepared for their homecoming game with a Sun City team that has been rising in the league standings recently. There was no lack of enthusiasm at kickoff and the crowd would keep it up throughout the whole game. The Cougars gave them lots to cheer about. Their first drive was capped off with a beautiful short screen to halfback, Billy Reilly led to the first score. The Eagles came to play, though and the halftime score was tied at 14 apiece. The third quarter went scoreless but not for lack of action. Both teams drove the length of the field but were unable to score. The Cougars were intercepted on the 5 yard line and the Eagles fumbled on the 9. The fourth quarter saw the Cougars take charge and score twice in eight minutes thanks to a second fumble by the Eagles. The score stood at 28-14 with five minutes left and the Eagles quarterback, Gerald Dunn, was able to unload a forty year bomb to wide receiver, Blake Ferguson, for a score and a threat. The Cougars were able to run out the clock and walk away with a 28-21 homecoming victory.

            The game was very entertaining but the halftime show really got the most attention this year. Being Homecoming the show presented the Homecoming King and Queen (Dave Wallace and Amy Taylor, both seniors) and a huge surprise, Santa rode on the field with his makeshift reindeer and Mrs. Clause who was played by local, Natalie Mallard. A fun time was had by all and after the game the team was able to go home and enjoy a slightly delayed Thanksgiving Day dinner.

            The Cougars go back on the road next week to face the Riverview Wildcats. The game will begin at 2:00PM in the Riverview High School field.



President Eisenhower held a series of high-level conferences today to review and coordinate United States policy in the Middle Eastern crisis.


President Gamal Abdel Nasser vowed today he never would become the pawn of any power. He said Egypt was determined to maintain both political and ideological independence.


The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen today became the first of four operating unions to settle a prolonged wage dispute with the country's 140 major railroads.


Americans sat behind the wheel of the family car or flew through the air more than they used trains or buses in moving from city to city, last year. Altogether they racked up 664,100,000,000 passenger miles of such travel last year, for a gain of 6.2 per cent over the 1955 mileage, according to the Bureau of Transport Economics and Statistics of the Interstate Commerce Commission.


Published by JD Carroll

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