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Christmas Parade of Lights:  Sat., December 1 @ 6PM

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monticelloGreater Monticello Chamber of Commerce & White County Visitors Bureau to host Annual Christmas Parade on December 1st

The 2018 Christmas Parade sponsored by the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce and White County Visitors Bureau is scheduled on Saturday, December 1, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Kevin Page, WMRS Sunny 107.7 Radio, with Butch Kramer will emcee the annual parade.

“Annually, Kevin and Butch are parade emcees. They do an amazing job announcing the parade entries, said Chamber President Jack Faker. “For several years, we have hosted an evening parade, the Parade of Lights. Last year, we had a record number of parade participants and crowd watching the parade. We are looking forward to another successful event this year.”

Parade Grand Marshal will be Casey Crabb, the 2018 George Armstrong Spencer Award Winner. Also in the parade will be the Chamber Business of the Year, Monticello Ace Hardware and Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Clarissa Cobb.

“Last year, we added three new Judge’s Awards, in addition to giving awards to the top five entries,” said Janet Dold, Executive Director. “Judges will select a Spectacular Sparkles Award, Most Creative Award, and a Parade Judges Pick. We hope that this will recognize as many entries as possible, and create a more level field for judging entries.”

Parade check-in time at Meadowlawn Elementary School Parking Lot (South Street Entrance) will begin at 4:00 p.m. The Ohio Street Entrance will be closed until the parade starts. The deadline for receiving entries is Tuesday, November 29th. Late entries will be put at the parade end in the order in which they are received.

“Last year’s floats were outstanding,” said Faker. “We welcome industrial, small businesses, schools, churches and clubs to participate. What better way to show your pride in our community than by being a part of this holiday tradition!”

Parade applications are available at the Chamber office, 105 West Broadway, Monticello or call the Chamber office at 574-583-7220. The application is also available on The Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau Facebook Event page or click to access below.

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  • Thanksgiving Crafts: Tuesday Nov. 6th at 7pm- meet at Anheier Building in City Park. For kids Pre-2nd grade and a parent.  Come make Thanksgiving crafts and food! To register call Cindy at 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983
  • Snow Globe Wreath: Wednesday November 7th at 7pm at the Anheier Building in City Park. For adults.  This snow globe wreath will have you wishing you were wandering in this winter wonderland. Cost is $25.00. Limit of 15 projects. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983
  • MacGyver Survivor Escape!: Thursday Nov. 8th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For kids 3rd to 8th grade.  Use physics and energy to escape from your evil captors. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983
  • Quilling a Paper Filigree Poinsettia: Monday November 19th at 6:30pm in the Anheier Building in City Park. Learn the art of using rolled strips of paper to create designs. Cost: $5.00. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583- 3983.
  • decemberMerry Christmas Crafts: Tuesday Dec. 4th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For kids Pre-2nd grade with an adult. Make Christmas crafts with your family. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983
  • Make a Bluebird House: Wednesday Dec. 5th at 7pm-meet at the Anheier Building in City Park. For Adults and older kids. Build and paint a Bluebird nesting box. Cost: $10.00. To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983.
  • MacGyver Survivor Science Concoctions: Thursday December 6th at 7pm in the Anheier Building in City Park. For kids 3rd to 8th grade. Making mysterious mixtures will create fabulous fun for you. Some are edible! To register call Cindy 583-4525 or Parks 583-3983.
Mayor Houston and the City of Monticello is pleased to issue the following Request for Redevelopment Proposal. fireshouse

The City is seeking best “adaptive reuse” proposals from interested developers, for the now vacated facilities and real estate, previously serving as the headquarters for City of Monticello Fire Department, for more than a century.


Located at 120 W. Washington Street and on the north side of the town square, the former fire station and fire company headquarters consists of phased additions and renovations, representing very old to recently constructed. The original building is close to one hundred years old and has significant historical value to many of the city’s citizens. As such, the City would like to entertain, from interested developers, a repurposing plan which incorporates the historic preservation of the original building’s exterior, at least to a significant degree. Should numerous proposals be received, preference will be given to the proposal perceived to best contribute to the viability of the city’s downtown going forward.

Arrangements can be made to walk interested parties through the facility.  The City will receive proposals postmarked no later than November 15, 2018.


Liz’s Lift is a portable wheelchair lift and ramp system made possible by the generosity of Elizabeth “Liz” Oilar Memorial Contributions, the White County Board of Health, the White County Community Foundation-Women Giving Together Grant, the Monticello City Council, the Rotary Club of Monticello, Quality Construction (Chad Crain Owner), all City Departments, and the City of Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Liz was a founding member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council, and was dedicated to making sure all of our citizens have access to community events, and so it is just & fitting that we dedicate this wheelchair lift in her memory, providing access & opportunity where had been none.

This portable wheelchair lift is available to any entity in White County where temporary accommodation is necessary and requested. Scheduling is handled through the ADA Coordinator at 574-583-4568
This community offers an enchanting atmosphere of friendliness and fun augmented and reflected by two beautiful, accessible lakes.  The city's impressive tourism assets, diverse economic base and dynamic leadership make it a gem to any target, whether it is a business, visitor or potential resident.

It's no wonder that a city built to hug the sides of two lakes reflects so many lakeside attributes.  It is a serene community with a high quality of life.  It is safe, accommodating and never feels rushed.  It is a place where you won't feel weighed down by big city pressures, and instead have the time to enjoy what is most important in life.  While it does have this calming side to it, Monticello, like its lakes, is also a place of unbridled fun.  It is filled with the energy of youth whether it be from families playing at Indiana Beach, new leadership, or young adults starting their education at Ivy Tech.  There is both a wonderful calm and sparkling energy here.

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