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"That's not Santa Claus. That's a man in there," came the cry from one 4-year-old when he spied the jolly man in the red suit. And right he was. Senior citizen Arthur Smith, in photo at left, volunteered for the role. Joyce Dean and Patty Garber from the staff of the preschool program at Wines Elementary School, introduced him. It was all part of the fun shared by members of the Northside Senior Citizens Association and the preschoolers from Wines at a joint Christmas party. The emphasis was on proving that the generation gap can be bridged. Thirty-four children and as many seniors braved Wednesday's snows to participate. The youngsters came prepared with a program of songs and skits for the seniors. The oldsters returned the favor with some carols and stories of their own. Right, 10 little angels, all in a row, comprised a noisy angel band. Behind them, some toy soldiers and dancing dollies await their turns to leap from Santa's workshop and perform for the seniors. Although everyone was a little shy at first, by the time the party ended, the seniors and the kids were mingling without hesitation. (News Photos by Cecil Lockard)