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NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa (St. Nicolas)

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Do you wonder what Santa is up to? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has the military equipment and technology to find out if St. Nicholas is making tracks. For the past 60 years NORAD has tracked Santa progress on Christmas Eve and all because of a misprint. In 1955 a Sears and Roebuck, Inc advertisement ran a phone number for children to call and talk to Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the children called in the NORAD (former  Continental Air Defense Command- CONAD). Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup had his staff check for signs of Santa and children calling in were given periodic updates regarding St. Nick's location. Keep track of Santa!  In 1958 the Canadian and United States governments created a new bi-national air defense command for North American, renamed from CONAD to the current NORAD. The new organization continued the tradition of tracking Santa for youngsters. For anyone that is concerned about government funds being used

Pendragon Theatre’s A Christmas Carol Is the Perfect Mix of Holiday Spirit

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A Christmas Carol at Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” ~  Jacob Marley  (Charles, Dickens, A Christmas Carol ) Dates: December 21, 22, 23,27, 28, 29, at 7 pm Admission: Adults/$15, Students (9-18) $10, Children (8-under)/free Where : Pendragon Theatre, 15 Brandy Brook, Saranac Lake NY A young Scrooge (Galen Halsaz) is comforted by his sister Fan (Lilly Grace Kipping) (Saranac Lake) You don’t have to believe in Santa or even celebrate Christmas to walk out of Pendragon Theatre’s A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens knowing it’s never too late to make change for the good. Director Kent Streed pulls together a stellar cast for this classic tale of redemption and generosity. Kudos to Kent Streed who wears many hats in this classic productio

Yes, There is a Santa Claus, by Francis Pharcellus Church (The New York Sun)

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The New York Sun's newsman Francis Pharcellus Church's response to then eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial.  Is There A Santa Claus?   "We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of THE SUN: DEAR EDITOR:  I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O'HANLON. 115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.