Every year our small town of Kaneville celebrates Christmas in a big way, offering events such as a visit with Santa at the fire station, activities for kids at the library, free food and peppermint ice cream, the church cookie walk, a craft show, and a sleigh ride around town. Two small original farm houses moved, restored and maintained by the Kaneville Historical Society were open for visits, with homemade ornaments offered to the youngsters.
Though the town is small, its history is rich, and a small handful of people constantly work to maintain and to pass on the Kaneville legacy. I applaud their efforts, so for the past few years I have done a painting during the Christmas event, which is then raffled off, with all proceeds going to the Historical Society. This year's painting went to a very happy Kaneville resident, Poul Flamand. It was a pleasant surprise, since his wife, Karen, won the raffle for last year's painting!