In Salem, a union holiday party for kids


Musician Norman Sylvester sang with Santa and Mrs. Claus during a holiday party Dec. 3 sponsored by the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Counties Central Labor Council. An estimated 400 kids and parents sang holiday songs, watched a movie, and met Santa at The Elsinore Theatre in Salem. Afterward, everyone received a goody bag. The labor council funds the annual event — now in its 71st year — through donations from more than 14 union affiliates and unionized businesses in the community. Santa is played  by Jack Rusen of Albany Steelworkers Local 6163. Mrs. Claus is played by Mrs. Jack Rusen. Sylvester and his band are members of Musicians Local 99.


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