Like many of you, I look forward to Christmas not for what I will receive, but for the joy I can bring by giving to others. I had a wonderful experience over the Thanksgiving holiday when I gathered my grandchildren together and took them out shopping to pick out their Christmas gifts.

I am very excited about the Christmas giving projects the Wayne Township staff is undertaking this year. My staff family is extraordinary in its willingness to help others throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.

Our staff has adopted a family and plans to provide them with Christmas gifts. This is a family which has fallen on hard times and would not have been able to afford Christmas presents for their five children without our help.

I was very touched when I heard about this family. I grew up in a large family which struggled to provide Christmas gifts for everyone. It is so heart wrenching for parents who don’t want to disappoint their children at Christmas, but cannot afford to buy them presents.

I spoke to the staff about this family. The staff was very enthusiastic about helping them. The many Santa’s helpers on the Wayne Township staff have been very busy buying and donating gifts for each of the children.

We are enjoying wrapping the gifts too, with some staff very talented at gift wrapping. The staff will present the gifts to the family shortly before Christmas.

Another Christmas project of Wayne Township involves our payee clients. With the help of Plymouth Congregational Church, we are having a Christmas party for our payees. These are clients for which we serve as their representative payee because they have problems managing their money without help.

Many of our payee clients are disabled, and their only income is their Social Security checks. They don’t have the opportunity to go out very often and enjoy a good meal with others. At their Christmas party, they are served a fine meal in the Fellowship Hall of Plymouth Church.

The payee clients are able to socialize with other clients, Wayne Township staff and representatives of the Church during the party. Wayne Township Supervisor Mike DePew entertains by playing Christmas music on his saxophone. Thank you Plymouth Congregational Church for your support of this worthwhile project.

At this holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to the new owners and publishers of The Waynedale News, Alex Cornwell and Michael Alberico. And, I want to thank both the new and previous staff, including Executive Editor Cindy Cornwell, for the great job you do providing an outstanding newspaper for the Waynedale area.

Working with the staff of The Waynedale News throughout this year has been a pleasure. I am looking forward to working next year with the dedicated staff of this fine publication.

I enjoyed seeing and working with many of you in Waynedale this past year. We fought to keep the Waynedale Post Office open, an issue that has not yet been resolved. My genuine wishes go out to all the residents of the Waynedale area for a very happy holidays and a happy and healthy New Year.


Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee

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