Gower Welcomes Christmas, Busby named Person of the Year
The annual Christmas in the Park was this past weekend, including the drawings for the Shop Local campaign, a nativity scene, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting, announcement of the person of the year and more.
With a strong wind blowing and temperatures in the low thirties, approximately 125 Gower residents gathered in City Park to watch the reenactment of the Nativity scene, sing Christmas carols and witness the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree during the annual Christmas in the Park.
The evening began with a prayer by Gower Baptist Minister Seth Mason. The crowd then sang Christmas carols, led by East Buchanan Choir Director Mark Pennington and the East Buchanan choir. Next was the annual Gower Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting. Person of the Year Jenni Busby assisted Mayor Chip Homan in throwing the switch.
The crowd then moved inside the Gower Masonic Lodge for the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce’s drawing for the Shop Local Campaign, as well as the formal announcement of the chamber’s Person of the Year.
Five prizes were awarded in drawing, including three gift baskets valued at over $600 and two gift certificates, each valued at $500.
The baskets were filled with products and gift cards provided by local businesses. The two gift certificates were provided by Backwoods 222 Venue and 4-Lands Sake. The winners of the gift baskets were Beth Burbick, Kim Thompson, and Jackie Musser. Dan McCarney won the $500 gift certificate to Backwoods 222, and Jessica Knight was the winner of the $500 gift from 4-Lands Sake.
After the winners were drawn and announced, Mayor Holman and Chamber President Julie Burnes announced the Gower Person of the Year - East Buchanan Elementary Counselor Jenni Busby.
Mrs. Busby is instrumental in making Gower a great place to live, which is part of the mission statement of the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce. She is instrumental in continuing to ensure that those that need assistance get it through the Bulldog Backpack program, said Mayor Holman.
East Buchanan Elementary Counselor Jenni Busby was named the Person of the Year by the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce.