Heading into the holiday season is always my favorite time of year. As a father, this special time with my family is priceless. The holiday events in our village remind me of what a special place Antioch is to raise a family. This holiday season, our Parks Department is busy helping Santa make appearances across town with Santa Visits, Storytime with Santa, and Santa at the Sawmill events.
As we wrap up our successful Uncover Antioch scavenger hunt, I’m already looking forward to our next village promotion, “Ghosted.” This is an initiative to refresh Antioch’s existing ghost signs in our downtown area, and design new signs inspired by Antioch’s rich past. A ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period. This beautiful artwork will make our downtown even more stunning and more of a destination for visitors.
Our Economic Development Department has been busy working with business and property owners who want to bring more investment into Antioch. Highlights of this investment into our village are visible throughout town. For example, several businesses have taken advantage of the Village’s facade grant program, including the owner of the Best Pets building at 939 Main Street. Did you know that the original use of the Best Pets building was Antioch’s first Ford dealer? The exterior renovation has brought the building back to its historic beauty, showcasing its wonderful architecture.
This edition of Connections provides some winter reminders from our Public Works Department. Throughout the winter, our Public Works employees are responsible for snow removal and roadway treatment to keep our roads safe for travel. During storms, our crews work long hours in sometimes Artic temperatures. Thank you Public Works for all that you do!
Finally, I wish you and your family an exciting and blessed Christmas and holiday season. As I look back at this wonderful year, I am thankful for our residents who work so hard to make our community the wonderful place it is.
Mayor Scott Gartner