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Celebrating Christmas Around the World: Ecuador

Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm

This is the fourth in a series featuring exchange students living in Nodaway County and Christmas traditions in their home country.

For many, Christmas in Ecuador is a time of prayer, celebrating the birth of Jesus and being with family.

Domenica Tapia, a senior exchange student from Ecuador attending Maryville High School, particularly enjoys spending time with her family and a tradition called Paseo del Nino or Pass the Baby held on Christmas Eve.

“Pass the Baby is where people dress up as Joseph, Mary, angels, shepherds and wise men,” Domenica said. “They are walking, chanting and praying. People are asking Jesus to care for and

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    Redden recalls his years of service to NW, community

    Well-known for his gruff, big heart and even bigger ideas, John Redden recently announced his retirement from both his career at Northwest Missouri State and his volunteer work with the Maryville Public Safety/Polk Township volunteer firefighters after 45 years and around 40 years, respectively.

    His longtime service to the community also include many years on the ambulance board and Maryville R-II school board. Yet, Redden took no credit in any of his behind-the-scenes endeavors and states that he felt

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