Christmas came early to Market Street in Ballard as Santa’s Helpers Warren Aakervik of Ballard Oil, Farrel Thomas of Western Pioneer and Doug Dixon of Pacific Fishermen shipyard conspired to distribute Christmas snowflakes throughout the Ballard Business District. The snowflakes were almost left out of this year’s decorating plan for want of the funds to rent manlifts and labor costs to hang them from the lamp posts. Pacific Fishermen shipyard was heavy into repairs of yachts and fishing boats, but found the goodwill and time to donate the manlifts along with labor from Ballard Oil and Western Pioneer.


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