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Rumor has it that on Dec. 8, the Grinch and Max will come into town and attempt to  ruin our Merry Middlefield Christmas. An anonymous source tells us we can catch the thief in action between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Unverified reports claim Grinch and Max will appear at various businesses and steal the gifts that have been donated by you, our community.

The gifts you give are going to be donated to Santa for use at the Hide-A-Way Hollow. 

Also, on Dec. 8, children can meet Grinch in his nastiness at the Cardinal High School from noon until 1:30 p.m. where he will sign “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” books for the young visitors, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. 

Our Grinch will then re-appear at 5 p.m. inside Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, 14855 N. State Street in Middlefield to deliver his award-winning dramatic performance including our local Cindy Lou Who. Everyone is invited to meet Grinch, see his performance, and receive a free photo with Santa, Grinch, Max and Cindy Lou. Dress warmly and bring chairs for fireworks at 7 p.m. Fireworks are courtesy of Great Lakes Outdoor Supply and the Village of Middlefield.

The following toys are ideal, when donating toys to Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow: Barbie dolls — Christmas Barbies or Holiday Barbies with no dates.
Remote control cars.
Game boards.
Things that make noise.
Music boxes and musical instruments — things kids can turn on by themselves.
Gift cards are gold to Santa. They can go to the families or Santa can run out and use them to buy a forgotten item or special request.
Teddy bears 16 inches or bigger. All stuffed animals that are plush, cuddly and of a decent size.

If giving sporting goods, bear in mind that these kids often can’t play with them, but Santa can get real footballs, soccer balls and baseballs signed so they become collectibles.

Thank you to this years’ sponsors:

Gold: East Geauga Friends of the Library, Great Lakes Outdoor Supply, Preston Superstore.

Silver: Acquire Fire Protection, Burton Health Care and Rehabilitation, RadioActive Electronics and Studio for Hair

Bronze: Living Well Massage & Bodywork, Hexpol Gold Key Processing, Newbury Business Park, Watson’s 87 Furniture and White House Chocolates

In-Kind Sponsors: Cardinal Local School District  and Middlefield Post 

Congratulations to the winners of the Merry Middlefield coloring contest: Aubrey Herrera, ages 4-6; Riley Lender, ages 7-12; Kate Lynn Troyer, ages 13-16; and Betty Mullet, ages 17 & up. Gift cards  will be awarded on Dec. 8.

Below is a list of some of the businesses collecting toys:

Acquire Fire Protection
17012 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
440-632-5600

Burton Health Care
14095 E. Center St., Burton
440-834-1084

First Quality Power Place
16891 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
440-632-5068

Flowers by Emily
15620 W. High St., Middlefield
440-632-8056

Great Lakes Outdoor Supply
14855 N. State Ave., Middlefield
440-632-9151

Gold Key Processing
14910 Madison Road, Middlefield
440-632-6103 

Giant Eagle and Huntington Bank Middlefield
15400 W. High St., Middlefield
440-632-1200

Huntington Bank
14849 N. State Ave., Middlefield
440-632-5259

Just For Fun Honda
15255 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
866-346-3281

Karl’s Jewelry
15962 E. High St., Middlefield
800-589-5291

Living Well Massage
15065 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
440-632-5814

Middlefield Historical Society
14979 S. State Ave., Middlefield
440-547-6860 

Middlefield Library
16167 E. High Street, Middlefield
440-632-1961

Middlefield Tire
15552 Elmwood St., Middlefield
440-632-5246

Mr. Hero
15575 W. High St, Middlefield
440-426-0420

Nova Care
15973 E. High St., Middlefield
440-632-3111 

Olde Towne Grille
15924 W High St, Middlefield
440-632-0932

RadioActive Electronics
15624 W. High St., Middlefield
440-632-1600

Shetler Printing & Office Supply
14960 S. State Ave., Middlefield
440-632-0356

Studio for Hair, Harrington Square Mall,
15561 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
440-632-5937 

Totally Fit
14966 S. State Ave., Middlefield
440-724-5921

Vinny’s Italian Kitchen
15439 W. High St., Middlefield
440-632-0111

Watson’s 87 Furniture
15520 W. High Street, Middlefield
440-632-5966 

White House Chocolates
14607 Kinsman Road, Middlefield
440-834-3133

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