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Greene County Courthouse decorated for Friday's holiday open house

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This year's CASA/Voices for Kids keepsake ornaments say "Every Child Needs a Home."
The Greene County Courthouse will be decked out for the holidays and alive with the sounds of Christmas on Friday to welcome the public to the annual holiday open house from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Visitors should enter the courthouse through the east door where they'll be greeted by one of the many decorated trees in the building.

The event is being organized by CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers and members of Greene County Voices for Kids that serves CHINS (Children in Need of Services) in the court system.

This year's celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. on the first floor with a breakfast buffet and a silent auction in the Magistrate's Courtroom which will be open for browsing and bidding throughout the day.

Later in the morning, lunch, punch and a selection of homemade desserts will be served for the rest of the day.

Santa will arrive at 11 a.m. and visit with young and old until 1 p.m. He'll be handing out candy canes and be available for pictures.

The singing group "Joyful Noise" will perform at 1:00 p.m.

Greene County CASA Director Samantha Flath said the courthouse looks beautiful this year with more decorated trees than in years past.

"One tree was decorated with ornaments made by Linton Elementary art students and Eastern Elementary students and other trees also display ornaments made by students in Greene County schools," said Flath.

"And then still more trees in the courthouse were decorated by Jean Anne Sanders. She works in the Probation Department and she did a fabulous job, as always, decorating the courthouse for Christmas.

In addition to the auction items on display in the courtroom, the CASA/Voices for Kids keepsake Christmas ornaments will be for sale. This year's edition will cost $12. Previous year's editions, while they last, will cost $5. Local artist Wyatt LeGrand created the design on the ornament -- this year it says, "Every child needs a home." It features a child with a snowman in front of a cozy house on a shimmering green background.

Flath said businesses and individuals have been generous with their donations for the auction including primitive Christmas decorations and a huge variety of gift baskets -- family game baskets, Mary Kay, Scentsy and spa baskets.

Flath said there are many gifts for gentlemen as well -- tools, local food gift certificates, a table-top grill and sporting goods.

Looking around the display in the courtroom, she said she also saw dolls, cooking and kitchen items, items from Pampered Chef and Tastefully Simple, tutus and bows for girls, items from Clay City Pottery, gift certificates from Cornelius Photography, paintings from local artists Larry Idle and Attorney Tim Shonk and much more.

Every citizen of Greene County is invited. Several county officials are expected and visitors can meet them, visit with friends and enjoy the music and the food.

All proceeds from the auction will remain in Greene County to benefit CHINS children who are in the court system.

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