Home for the holidays
Chances are you know a military family. Perhaps a grandfather or uncle who recounts stories of a war, a co-worker who served in Vietnam or a neighbor whose son or daughter has been deployed one or more times to Afghanistan or Iraq, or one of 150 countries around the world where active-duty personnel serve outside the United States and its territories. Regardless of the who, what or when—every military family is affected emotionally and physically when it comes to the holidays. War is hell—and it doesn’t stop for the holidays. It doesn’t stop for Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or Passover. It’s a difficult time for the soldier longing to be “home” and difficult for the family at home praying for safety and looking at an empty chair at the holiday meal.
Meet some area families with family members away this holiday season and find out how you can help make Christmas special for those in the military who won’t be making it home for the holidays.
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Batavia plans for the future
Batavia is one of the several area cities developing a Homes for a Changing Region plan, which will chart future supply and demand trends for housing in the community. Take part in the community workshop.
Shop local at the Artisan Collective
Find one-of-a-kind gifts at Batavia MainStreet’s unique marketplace for handcrafted items.
Thank you, Batavia
As construction on the new streetscapes draws to a close, the city would like to thank residents for their patience during the long construction process. Plus find all the holiday collection schedules.
The stock market—how does it really perform?
Planning your investments for a successful retirement.
Are you working from home?
The chamber has some ideas to make it easier. Plus, plan to attend the mayor’s “State of the City” address.
Books on Nooks
Don’t have an e-reader? Want to try one to see if you like it? The Library now has books on Nooks. Read all about it here.
Dads make good Watch D.O.G.S.
Dads are getting more involved in students’ lives at Hoover-Wood through a national program. Read all about it.
The Messiah—do-it-yourself in Batavia
Plus there are a full range of cultural activities coming for the holiday season. Read all about them in Spotlight on Arts.
Celebrate the season
Welcome the holidays at Batavia’s Celebration of Lights.
Welcoming the season
A message from Mayor Schielke.
Adopt a family
Batavia United Way has a way for you to make the holidays brighter. Read all about it and get involved in Around the Block.
It’s all for the troops
Ralph Gebes is making sure Batavia Cares.
Batavia Township meets many special needs
Batavia Township is committed to meeting the special needs of its residents. Read about the many ways they are there to help.