By Mike Welch
At this writing the Season is upon us and with the arrival of some cold fronts and now the stream of returning Winter residents – full steam ahead with Season! This year the Festival of Hanukkah (December 22) and Christmas fall on the same week thus making the Season of Lights all the more special. Hanukkah’s themes of dedication, rededication, the miracle of the lights among others heralds to us all the time for reflection on the past year with the hope of what is in store for us in 2020. The Christian observance of Christmas adds to that reflection for those who believe that Light of the Word lived and lives amongst us. Whatever one believes our community also reflects on the past year and learns from it and is thankful (no hurricanes) and looks forward to a prosperous New Year!
In this month’s Voices I include an article from our newest County Commissioner, Commissioner Ray Sandelli who was appointed by Governor DeSantis to complete the term of Lee County Commission Chairman Larry Kiker who passed away earlier this year. As with Larry Kiker, Ray Sandelli has a strong desire to learn and be apart of our community. I know you will appreciate his article in this month’s Voices and you can expect to see him out and about our community. Give Ray at call at 239-533-2223 or email him at email@example.com
Lehigh is full of great community celebrations this Holiday Season. I am also including copies of invitations for the Holiday Town Hall Reception on December 17 at the Lehigh Municipal District as well as for the Greater Lehigh Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House on December 6th at the Lehigh Town Centre.
First – Don’t forget a Lehigh tradition! Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration – Lehigh Town Centre. This well known event begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Clock Tower and features various programs with music and dancing. Santa will also arrive at this celebration. All are welcome!
Along with the Town Centre the Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Holiday Open House for Chamber Members and business owners/friends at the same time at the other end of the Town Centre with great food and music. Chamber address is 25 Homestead Road (Unit 41). Parking reserved in back of the Chamber at the Salvation Army unit on Arizona.
In this issue of Voices please see the invitation to the Lehigh Acres Municipal District’s Holiday Town Hall Reception – now in its 7th year! Many of our government leaders will be attending. This is not a forum but a Holiday Reception whereby residents will be able to visit with government and community leaders in a relaxed and informal setting. December 17 at the Lehigh Acres Municipal District Campus beginning at 5:30 p.m.
As we look forward to 2020 Carla Brantley of the Lehigh Acres Municipal District announces the details of the Wings Over Water Festival to be held on Saturday, January 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Harnes Marsh.
Finally – Chamber Members and Business Owners! Mark your calendars for the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala of 2020. The Gala will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. – Plantation Golf & Country Club (off of Daniels and Treeline) Contact the Chamber at 239-369-3322 and www.LehighAcresChamber.org
Wishing you and your family as well as friends a Happy and Prosperous New Year!