Here’s what we have for you in the Wednesday, Dec. 23, edition of the Sun:
Sun Shine: Project New Hope unrelenting in support of veterans | Over the weekend, the all-volunteer nonprofit went around to local rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes to hand out more than 250 donated gift bags filled with gift cards, hats, stockings and more. “I think a lot of our veterans are forgotten over the holidays, so we made a big push here to get these gift bags to them,” said Project New Hope founder William Moore about an effort that is merely the tip of the iceberg for his organization. Patrick Sargent has more.
Worcester comedian Orlando Baxter stands up for kids with Toys for Tacoma | “When I was a kid, growing up in Great Brook Valley, I went to that daycare center from age 5 to about age 13 or 14. It was a very important and special [place] for me. With all of the turmoil going on in my family at the time, that was my escape from home and a place where I made a lot of great friends.” Now the internationally touring comedian is back home to make the season brighter for kids in GBV with a comedy show/toy drive tonight in the Canal District.
Editorial: A statue in Topeka | When the city of Topeka, Kansas, decided to memorialize notable figures in its history, the first life-size bronze statue unveiled was of a well-known Worcester industrialist who never set foot in the state. We offer an appreciation of the legacy of Ichabod Washburn, who died 147 years ago next week.
Sun Spots with Hitch: Vol: 17 | Christmas is right around the corner. It snuck up on you, too, didn’t it? Black Friday’s long gone and the stores are ready to stock up for Valentine’s Day. Need a last-minute gift idea? No worries. Hitch has you covered.
Stay tuned for our Best of the Sun 2015, starting Sunday.