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Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser this afternoon

The annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade and Fundraiser starts this afternoon. Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.

Starting 5̶P̶M̶  6PM today, Santa will visit the downtown Crete area. Refer to the map for the specific route. And check out the LIVE Santa tracker to see the exact location here: https://villageofcrete.org/santa-sleigh-parade-fundraiser-2/

Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.

Crete Country Christmas Grinch 5K Run

It’s the annual Crete Country Christmas Grinch 5K Run! Get into the Christmas spirit and chase away your inner Grinch, with this crisp Saturday morning 3.1-mile race.

 

Crete Country Christmas Friday Night

The annual Crete Country Christmas officially started this afternoon, with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo on Main and Cass, followed by food vendors and live music. Check out this LIVE video from downtown Crete:

Many more fun activities are planned for the next few days – see the complete schedule at https://cretecountrychristmas.com!

Santa Sleigh Parade & Fundraiser

Santa Sleigh Parade & Fundraiser Starts

The annual Crete Santa Sleigh Parade is back December 5 and 6.

Escorted by lights and siren from Crete’s finest and bravest, Santa and his Elves will collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Crete food pantry, and new, unwrapped toys for Angels on Assignment.

Please place donations on the curb for collection along the parade route, or hand them directly to Santa and his Elves when they come by. Please make checks payable to Crete Food Pantry.

Weather permitting, Santa will visit the downtown Crete area on Monday, December 5, and the Lincolnshire/Swiss Valley area on Tuesday, December 6, scheduled to take off from Crete Public Works at 5̶P̶M̶  6PM. Weather may cause schedule to change, check the Crete Country Christmas Facebook page for updates.

View maps of the parade route:
Monday – The downtown Crete area
Tuesday – Lincolnshire / Swiss Valley area

You can also track Santa LIVE as he departs Crete Public Works, to see when he’s close to your area.

   

Happy Thanksgiving

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly North winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway,
Thanksgiving comes again!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Village of Crete!

CPD K9 Officer Lilly Back on Duty Soon

The Crete PD therapy canine, Lilly, is recovering well and expected to be back on duty soon.

“Lilly is healing great! Her surgical incision has healed, and she is showing all positive signs with rehabilitating her leg. We are still on exercise restrictions, so we won’t be running around for a few more weeks,” a post on the Crete Police Department Facebook page said Monday.

Crete Police Officer Taylor with Lilly

Lilly came to Crete via the Florida ‘Paws and Stripes’ program back in September.

“Myself and Officer Taylor went down to Florida and trained with Lilly, and brought her back here. She is trained in child victim interviews, to be involved in community events, she’ll be part of our recruiting team and community policing team.” Crete PD Sgt. Konvalinka said.

Sgt. Konvalinka with Lilly

Back in Crete, Lilly partnered up full-time with Sgt. Konvalinka and went out in the community to meet people at Crete Library and Crete Park District. She also participated in the Crete Clean-Up Day.

Lilly was sworn in as a Crete PD K9 Officer earlier this month. She’s since been busy meeting the community.

“She’s still a puppy and still getting used to big groups, so we’re doing a little bit at a time. But everyone loves her,” Sgt. Konvalinka said.

However, being a Sunshine State native, and having never experienced colder temperatures before, Lilly wasn’t quite prepared for the Illinois climate.

“She was playing and slipped, and she broke a hind leg, which required surgery to repair. She was discharged from the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is resting comfortably at home. Lilly’s rehabilitation period is expected to be 8 weeks,” Sgt. Konvalinka said in a Facebook post on October 23rd.

Lilly recovering after surgery.

A little over three weeks later, Sgt. Konvalinka is very optimistic about Lilly’s recovery.

“Lilly has been coming to work on light duty since her surgery, and everyone has been great in helping care for her. Needless to say, she is a pretty spoiled girl around here,” he added.

Sgt. Konvalinka with Lilly in Florida.

If all goes well, Lilly is expected to be back in service later this month.

Crete Police Detective Kiser Promotion

Crete Police Officer Robert Kiser was promoted to Detective, at the Village board meeting on Monday night.

“He’s been with the department for four years,” said Crete Police Chief Pieritz. “Productive and a great member of our department. As cases get more difficult, as we get busier, it’s been apparent that we needed another detective. I’m glad he’s coming aboard.”

Main Street Construction

Crete Public Works fixing a water main break on Main St. this morning. Also happening today, IDOT has started repaving Main Street, North of Exchange.

Thank You For Your Service

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued at message about the first Veterans Day, named Armistice Day at the time:

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

More than one hundred years later, we proudly continue this tradition of remembering and celebrating those brave service men and women of the US military.

🗳️Happy Election Day🗳️

November 8 is the 2022 midterms election day.

⭐Info about same-day voter registration in Illinois here: https://elections.il.gov/votingandregistrationsystems/register.aspx

⭐Discover Illinois voting locations here: https://elections.il.gov/VotingAndRegistrationSystems/EarlyVotingLocationsSearch.aspx

⭐Find your local election day polling place here: https://ova.elections.il.gov/PollingPlaceLookup.aspx

⭐View sample ballot: https://www.willcountyclerk.gov/elections/voter-services/precinct-lookup/#Precinct

Happy Voting!

🚫Main St Parking Prohibited🚫

Starting tomorrow, November 2nd, and until further notice, street parking is prohibited on Main Street, between First and Division, to allow for IDOT construction crews to repave Route 1. The project will replace the roadway and curbs from North Main Street, down to Burville Road, and should be completed later this month.

Leaf Collection

The Village of Crete offers leaf collection to residents, free of charge. To participate, collect leaves in front yard, no closer than three feet from the curb. Make sure there is enough room for the leaf collector to work. Things like nearby parked vehicles, mailboxes, road signs and fire hydrants can block access to the area and prevent collection. Please avoid leaves getting into the street, which could result in blocked storm sewers and flooding.