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January 3, 2013

KEPPELER: NT party appealed to kids, parents alike

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Tonawanda News — And at the strike of — well, 9 p.m. — they chanted the countdown with every other kid and adult in the room, and leap for the hundreds of balloons that dropped from the ceiling. Two of those balloons are still being tossed around our house, reminders of the last night of 2012 and their own special way of “ringing in” 2013.

That’s what they’ll remember.

For my part, I’ll remember the huge amount of volunteers that somehow kept things moving smoothly, a tricky endeavor when you have dozens of excited small children in two rooms. It can’t be easy to get that amount of help and organization on a night when most people have their own plans and parties, but not only did they do it, they did it with a smile.

Like many families, we didn’t make it to the outdoor midnight ball drop. Maybe it’s on time, maybe it’s not. The new year gets here no matter what.

But on the last night of 2012, my boys had a blast ... and ultimately, they were so tired that they slept until the unheard-of time of 9 a.m. the next morning.

And for that, 4DNT Inc, I thank you.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at jill.keppeler@tonawanda-news.com.

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