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ALBION – Joe Gehl, one of the directors of the Albion Betterment Committee, poses with a statue of Charles Howard as Santa Claus.

Gehl was able to see the life-size form of the statue on Saturday in sculptor Brian Porter’s garage in Pendleton, outside Lockport.

Porter has been diligently creating the 6-foot-tall clay mold in recent months. The model will be moved to the University of Buffalo’s foundry for the mold and casting process next winter with a goal of being installed in downtown Albion in time for the June 2023 Strawberry Festival.

Gehl and the Albion Betterment Committee have been raising money for the statue and working on the project since about 200 Santas came to Albion in April 2015 for a convention of people who portray Santa.

Howard is revered by the Santas for starting a school in 1937. He ran the school until his death in 1966 and the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School continues today in Midland, Michigan.

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Looking forward to seeing images of the completed statue 

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If you click on the article, it shows an amazing, lifelike statue of Charles W Howard. Very cool!

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27 minutes ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

If you click on the article, it shows an amazing, lifelike statue of Charles W Howard. Very cool!

Thank you Santa

 

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It makes me happy that the ”Betterment“ Committee felt that Santa could help with that. I’m sure they could have gone in many different directions with their funding, but they chose to allow a man to stand forever because of his work as Santa. 

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What an iconic figure to memorialize! This is so very much deserved! The more focus we have on those who spread joy, love, and childlike faith the more their is for a future full of these aspects that sum up Santa!

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The extended arm worries me as it can be attractive to climb on or easily damaged.

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12 minutes ago, Santa TJS said:

The extended arm worries me as it can be attractive to climb on or easily damaged.

Bronze is quite a robust metal, hopefully it will be relatively well protected. Perhaps an Elf or two standing guard

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Any update on when/where the statue will be placed and will there be any Santa’s there to commemorate the unveiling. 

 

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Ok I just found the info on Facebook 

Saturday June 10, 2023 11:30 am Waterman Park, Albion, New York 

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16 hours ago, SantaDBC said:

Ok I just found the info on Facebook 

Saturday June 10, 2023 11:30 am Waterman Park, Albion, New York 

Ill be there, Do you know if they are putting a special bus service on?  :) 

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On 3/17/2023 at 12:28 PM, Rob Thompson said:

Bronze is quite a robust metal, hopefully it will be relatively well protected. Perhaps an Elf or two standing guard

Well, at least it's not the Mothman statue. People travel to Point Pleasant from near and far just to touch its butt😂

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2 minutes ago, SantaKurtKyre said:

Well, at least it's not the Mothman statue. People travel to Point Pleasant from near and far just to touch its butt😂

Is it a nice butt lol

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