In 1966, Broadway was illuminated with 87 electric candles mounted on utility poles. The Grove City Record reported there were “enough candles to make Liberace look twice.” (Anyone remember Liberace and his piano)? The holiday decorations were put up by Gene Lambert, Norvill Sparks and Gilbert Shilts, all municipal employees.
The Grove City Little League sponsored Santa home visits. Mary Carl was the contact person for parents. It was a fund-raising project for the organization. The Grove City Welfare Council asked local residents to contribute to their effort to ensure every family had a joyful Christmas. Jackson Township firemen were busy selling yule trees at the High Meadow Shopping Center. Fire Chief Walter Haycook said proceeds from the sale would be used to purchase additional safety equipment.
On Dec. 17, Santa made his annual visit by helicopter at the High Meadows Shopping Center on Hoover Road. Two local merchants, Dave Hoodin of the A&W Drive Inn and Ken Relyea of Drustar Pharmacy spearheaded the effort to bring Santa back to town. Also, on that date, the Grove City Jaycee Wives sponsored a Scholarship Fund dance at Oakhurst Country Club.