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Page 12 Wednesday, December 18, 2013 The Adams County Record BY DALE FISK On two consecutive evenings, Mrs. Dubose's music classes performed their Christmas programs in the high school gym. On Wednesday night, December 11, the Junior High choir and band, plus the High School band filled the air with sounds of the season. The choir sang the classic ]ingle Bell Rock, and then the more complex The Christmas Song, followed by Mister Santa, Christmas Tme is Here, and Santa's on His Way Medley. Jasmen Martin sang a solo version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. q-he Junior High band performed The Christmas Tree March and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, followed by an original arrangement by Mrs. Council schools let tla,00 Christmas spirit ring DuBose of Holly Jolly performed Christmas on from traditional Christmas this school year. Christmas. The Senior High School band performed a diverse mixture of traditional and not so familiar tunes: Deck the Halls with Dazzling Drummers, A Crazy Mixed-Lip Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, and Lip on the Housetop. Elementary concert The next night, Thursday, December 12, the Elementary School students strutted their stuff. The Kindergarten class did a cute rendition of The Reindeer Pokey, and then the classic ]ingle Bells. The fifth grade band performed four numbers: Hot Cross Buns, Au Claire De La Lune, Merrily We Roll Along, and First Holiday Concert. The sixth grade band the Farm, Cousin Louie music to contemporary The third grade sang and ]ingle Bells. rock. The songs included We're Gonna Plant A All the kids joined in the "Livin" In A New World, Christmas Tree. performance of a program Make A Buck, Pat-a- The Christmas Wish entitled "A New World Pan, and A New World featured Rhianna Iveson, Christmas 7 featuring 7 of Christmas. Elle Thomas and Hope the 9 songs from this All The Best Gifts was Zollman. School Revue, featuring dedicated to all the The audience was songs in a variety of styles, students who moved away encouraged to join the students in singing Silent Night. To close the program, the first through sixth grade students sang We Shall Be Free while using American Sign Language to sign the lyrics, under the direction of Cheyenne Warner. All of the elementary school students join in singing "We Shall Be Free" with accompanying sign language. Council City Council Continued from page i was more cost effective to fix the car. Accountant Jared Zwygart went through the city's audit report with the council. He said the city had done a good job with the town's finances, coming back from a deficit of about $70,000 last year to a positive balance of $7,062. Zwygart pointed out that a city can look very good on a balance sheet if one doesn't recognize the differences between a business's books and a municipality's books. A municipality shows lots of "assets" such as a water and sewer system worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they can't sell them, even if they wanted to. Zwygart also praised the city's new accounting software system, saying it was "well worth the money." He stressed the importance of continuing training for the city clerk, as the city has been doing. "The good news, from my perspective, injected engineer Doug Argo, "is that the city looks a lot healthier now than it did three or four years ago, so that's excellent7 Zwygart added: "Where I'm coming from as the accountant, you've got to keep those fees creeping up a little bit, because, yes you look healthy, but it's not going to take long to fall behind if you have a big expense arise. And that's the fine line you walk. You need to tell the public, 'We hate to take your money, but if we need something fixed in January, yeah we can raise the rates in February, but it needs to be paid for in January.' Most of your construction people aren't going to say, 'We like you, so we'll wait to be paid for a couple months:" The council approved the audit. 2"he council revisited the issue of a new city map. Clerk Tami Testa said she had thought the existing map was made in 1968, but in looking closer, it may have been printed in 1963. It is way behind in showing city limit boundaries and more. Doug Argo had looked into costs and said a new basic map would run about $750. Adding water and sewer lines to the map would add a lot of time and effort, resulting in an additional $750. Testa asked if the map could show the locations of water meters, but Argo said that could add several thousand dollars to the cost. The council decided to purchase the basic updated map, and Argo said he would start working on it. Testa said the city had received the official voting abstract from the county, showing that Jim Mahon had received 31 votes, Mayor Gardner 24 votes and Barry McDaniel 28. The council approved the vote count. Testa read Resolution 502, accepting a grant that came through the Idaho Transportation Department Aeronautics Division for $9,965, which is being used toward funding the recent airport resurfacing. The resolution was approved by the council. At the end of the meeting, the council members thanked Debra Lakey for her service to the city. This was Lakey's last city council meeting, as her term has expired and she did not run for reelection. Jim Mahon will be taking her position on the council. The group present Lakey with a certificate of appreciation and a potted plant. Afterward, everyone enjoyed cake and ice cream in honor of Lake),, plus Barry McDaniel's birthday. We Can! kids spread Christmas chee00 BY LII'q'DA ROGERS BAILEY Monday, December 16, the Council We Can! kids were presented with lil brown bears as a gift of appreciation for their par- ticipation in the program. Ribbons were tied in the girls hair & the young men wore bows. Don Mello was the very patient bus driver chosen for the event, and the Council Senior Housing was the destination of choice. Leon Newman was the first recipient as he sang along, enjoying the moment. Christmas car- ols rang throughout the complex as door-to-door visits took place. Smiles of the heart were exchanged and joy filled the air. Homemade Zucchini and Carrot muffins, made by Ms. Fran Villano were handed out. Back on the bus, we stopped by "G'ma Phyllis' house" for a little more caroling. A "round about town" viewing was done to see the houses deco- rated so brightly. The last stop of the evening was Fruitvale, with lights all aglow. What a spectacular sight to behold! Thank you to our Council Senior Center for the use of their bus and the jovial driver. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! The We Can! 2013 class on their Christmas Caroling expedition.