Retired Aroostook teacher on track to carve 365 Santa figurines by Christmas

CROSS LAKE, Maine — When retired Fort Kent high school English teacher Nancy Paradis set a personal goal last Christmas Day to carve 365 wooden Santa Claus figurines in one year, she meant business.

Paradis, 77, has already carved 303 of the wooden Santas from the comfort of her easy chair at her Cross Lake home in northern Aroostook County.

She has been carving as a hobby since the late 1990s, mainly making different types of figurines. Even the handles of her kitchen cupboard doors are fashioned with unique carved heads she created in place of using traditional hardware.

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