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Christmas Coloring Contest

Hey kids, 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Coloring Contest and your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards, one for each age group. Winners choose their own prize and get what they really want!

Please color the Gingerbread Man with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose the three winners – one from each age group: 4-5 years, 6-7 years; and 8-10 years.

Good luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules! Please no help from parents or older siblings/helpers.

Rules: 

1. Only one entry per child. 

2. Only one winner per family. 

3. We are not responsible for lost mail. 

4. All entries must be at our office by December 21 

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils.

Winners will be announced in the December 24th issue of The Cedar Springs Post. Don’t delay, get your entry in as soon as possible – deadline is Monday, December 21 by 5:00 p.m. but we’d like to display your entry on our windows throughout the month. See our office hours on page 3.

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: 

Christmas Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Click and download the link to print your entry and entry form below:

ChristmasColoringContest2020.pdf

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Holiday celebrations begin

By Judy Reed

Holiday celebrations will look a little different this year in the cities and villages in our area. Officials are urging people to do drive by or walking celebrations, to look at lights and other holiday decorations rather than gathering in one place. Most parades have been canceled, but there are still ways you can celebrate. Visit our “Home for the Holidays” tab to see what’s currently scheduled. 

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Letters to Santa

It’s that time of year again, when kids can’t wait to mail their letters to Santa! To help parents out, the Cedar Springs Post has set up a special North Pole drop box. Every year dozens of kids use our special box for express delivery to the North Pole, and we make sure Santa reads each and every one! So, if you’d like to send a letter to Santa, and maybe get it printed in the newspaper, just drop off your letter in the bright red box labeled “Santa Mail” outside our office at 36 E. Maple Street, or mail your letter to: Letters to Santa, c/o the Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

Hurry, all letters must be in Santa’s Mail box by Monday, December 21 to reach him in time for Christmas.

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Holiday celebrations

Holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, but there are still ways to enjoy them! See some of the details below.

CEDAR SPRINGS

Due to the newest MDHHS restrictions on outdoor gatherings and crowd size, the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce must cancel the Kris Kringle Parade this year. While we are greatly disappointed we have to cancel, the safety of our community is our highest priority. Like each of you, we are looking forward to the future and invite you to join us in 2021. Save the date for December 4, 2021 – it will be our best year yet!!

Dec. 5: We have decided to keep our Tree Lighting Ceremony as planned and will be hosting a virtual ceremony on December 5, 2020, at 5:00 pm. Please join us on our Facebook page to view the ceremony. 

https://www.facebook.com/CedarSpringsAreaChamberOfCommercecsacoc

Dec. 10: Mingle & Shop Late is still taking place on Thursday, December 10 from 5:00-8:00 pm! This is an event encouraging consumers to shop local this holiday season. 

GREENVILLE

The best way to spread Christmas cheer this COVID-19 year, is to decorate your home and/or business and sign up for our Hometown Christmas Porch Parade! Register at: https://tinyurl.com/greenvilleporchparade 

Winning display gets $250 cash prize. Voting will begin Friday, December 4th after the Santa Parade! Announced Friday, December 11th!

SAND LAKE 

Dec. 12: Santa is coming to the Village on Saturday, Dec. 12th (live drive through Nativity at United Methodist, hot cocoa and cookies by Mr. E’s). Goodie bag donations being accepted for Santa’s Elves to hand out. Approx. 200 goodie bags being compiled. Donations of small toys, trinkets, crayons, pencils, stickers, candy are being accepted for the goodie bags.

There are boxes at the Village/Township offices for non-perishable food items and goodie bag stuffers. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Feel free to reach out to Glenda Middleton in regards to Santa goodie bag donations with questions. (616)636-5827.

Please be a part of helping where and when you can. Let’s bring the community together. We could all use a little extra Christmas cheer this 2020!

SPARTA

Sparta’s Candy Cane Lane is a nice place for a holiday stroll.

Christmas this year is definitely going to be a lot different than what we’re all used to. And while that is disheartening for all of us, it doesn’t mean that Christmas is gone this year. What it does mean though, is that we can spend a more meaningful Christmas with those close to us. And what better way to spend time with our loved ones than to take a stroll in the bitter cold to explore a winter wonderland! The lights in Sparta are nothing short of magical and it’s no surprise that there’s always someone walking through Candy Cane Lane.

If you’ve been waiting for Candy Cane Lane, now is the time to get your coat on! The downtown lights are on. Take some time to wander around downtown to take in the lights on Division, then swing through to the 201 E Division parking lot to check out the new Santa’s Workshop. Afterward, you can make your way to Candy Cane Lane, where you’ll find the signature arches lighting the way. A new addition this year is the Gingerbread Forest! If you came to the costume giveaway in October and decorated a Gingerbread man/house, you’ll be able to find your creation there!

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Gobble, gobble: Thanksgiving dinner prices hit a 10-year low

By Mitch Galloway, Farm News Media

LANSING — Turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie never last on the dinner table. Neither does Dad in the living room, who’s likely to fall asleep during another Lions Thanksgiving loss.

Yet, Michiganders eat on, stomachs bloated, with Mom asking (yes, again) why you don’t have a girlfriend. Sigh. While that won’t change, ag experts say the number of Americans eating at the dinner table might because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a recent American Farm Bureau Federation survey, consumers will spend less on the classic Thanksgiving dinner (of about 10 people) by nearly 4%. At $46.90, or less than $5 per person, it’s the lowest average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner since 2010.

“Retailers know this is going to be a special year for our intimate, private gatherings,” said John Newton, AFBF chief economist. “At this point, retailers have not passed the higher ham costs down to their consumers, despite wholesale prices up more than 20%.”

After fielding 230 survey responses, AFBF found turkey costs dipped by about 7% to $19.39 for a 16-pound whole bird. Whipping cream and sweet potato costs also declined from last year at about 16% and 8% respectively. Elsewhere, the price of a 4-pound ham remained unchanged ($9.16).

AFBF also found purchasing turkeys from a meal-delivery service will cost a person 64% more at $1.99 per pound or 42% higher for the overall Thanksgiving dinner.

“I do believe we will have smaller gatherings in light of COVID-19,” said Ernie Birchmeier, manager of the Center for Commodity Farm and Industry Relations for Michigan Farm Bureau.

Part of the reason is due to the Nov. 15 emergency order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which limited gatherings to two households at any one time.

“The important thing is there is plenty of food out there,” Birchmeier said. “It may come in smaller portions, depending on the family size. When folks are out shopping, they are going to have to consider that, whether it’s buying a smaller turkey, a smaller ham, or a smaller amount of potatoes or stuffing or cranberries.”

According to Birchmeier, Michigan farmers produce many Thanksgiving favorites for consumers, including turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, butter, cranberries, and, among other items, pumpkins.

Tomac Pumpkins in Saginaw County annually grows 250 different varieties of squash and pumpkins. According to farm owner Sarah Tomac, about 100 of them are special eating types that are hard to find or almost lost to history.

The fourth-generation farmer raises winter squash on 20 of her 200 acres.

“What started as a 4-H project 30 years ago has now grown into the wonderful fall harvest display, offering Indian corn, corn stalks, straw bales, everything fall related, and a small gift shop which doubles as a small meeting area or classroom outside of the pumpkin season,” said Tomac, noting pumpkins and winter squash are high in vitamins and minerals.

“There are endless ways to eat pumpkin or winter squash. It’s not just limited to pies or baby food,” she continued. “Try stuffing, shredding, dicing, roasting or grilling any flavor. To test for doneness, stick a fork in it. Like potatoes, once the flesh becomes translucent, it is done.”

In Grand Rapids, most Michigan turkeys are processed at Michigan Turkey Producers, a farmer-owned cooperative. Data collected by the trade group Michigan Allied Poultry Industries indicate the state produces 5.3 million birds each year.

The birds weigh about 40 pounds and contribute $100 million to the state’s economy.

“Turkey farms in Michigan mainly raise toms, which are bigger than a typical hen raised for a Thanksgiving turkey,” said Allison Brink, executive director of MAPI. “However, one of the main products from a tom is a whole turkey breast, which is perfect for the smaller gatherings happening this year.”

With COVID-19 shifting away some of the business for turkey farmers, Jeff Smith asks consumers for help.

“The pandemic has hit us hard this year with many restaurants closing down or serving less than usual, as a majority of our Michigan turkey usually goes to foodservice and restaurants,” said Smith, co-owner of Smith’s Turkey Farms in Allegan County. “Michigan turkey farmers would be grateful for your purchase of a Michigan turkey breast for your holiday dinner this year from one of our local partners, such as Costco or Gordon Food Service.”

From Michigan Farm Bureau, michiganfarmnews.com

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Send your packages early this holiday season

Postal Service Sunday package delivery will expand to select major markets

from the United States Postal Service

Grand Rapids MI — It is expected that more holiday gifts and greetings will be sent through the mail this year, as families and friends will hold virtual celebrations instead of opening gifts in person. The Postal Service always encourages customers to send their holiday gifts and cards early. This year is no different.  

This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the Covid-19 pandemic and the Postal Service is expecting significant volume increases which are difficult to predict. We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays.

The Postal Service begins planning for peak holiday season every January. To help handle the expected volume increase, the Postal Service has the ability to flex our network to meet the significant volume increases expected this year. This includes making sure the right equipment is available to sort, process and deliver the expected mail and package volumes. We also have 644,000 employees dedicated to ensuring gifts and greetings are delivered in time for the holidays. 

Seasonal workers are hired when and where needed, and technology has been expanded to enhance package tracking throughout the USPS processing and transportation networks. Sunday delivery will be expanded beginning Nov. 29 to locations with high package volumes. USPS already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

The busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much of the last-minute shopping starts. Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning Dec. 7, with the week of Dec. 14-21 predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. 

Skip the Trip and Ship Online

 Consumers don’t have to leave home to ship their packages. In these socially distant times, they can simply visit usps.com or use the Click-N-Ship feature for help shipping that holiday gift, ordering free Priority Mail boxes, printing shipping labels, purchasing postage and even requesting free next-day Package Pickup. And usps.com is always open.

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

• Dec. 9   — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

• Dec. 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services

• Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service

• Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service

• Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)

• Dec. 18 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

• Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service

• Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Alaska

• Dec. 18 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. First-Class Mail

• Dec. 19 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail 

• Dec. 21 — Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail Express

Hawaii

• Dec. 15 — Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

• Dec. 21 — Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail Express

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time, and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two business days.

More tips for a successful holiday mailing and shipping season:

• Use free Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. They are available at Post Office locations or online at usps.com/freeboxes.

• Make it easy with Click-N-Ship. You can create shipping labels and pay for postage online at usps.com/ship. 

• Schedule a free Package Pickup when the carrier delivers your mail. It’s free regardless of the number of packages. Pickups can be scheduled at usps.com/pickup. 

• Mail and packages that weigh more than 10 ounces or are more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a local Post Office.

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It’s time for the tour of lights

This house at the corner of Park and Ash Street in the City of Cedar Springs is already decorated with Christmas lights.

Some people go crazy at Christmas decorating their home. But you don’t have to go all out to get listed on the Cedar Springs Post Annual Tour of Lights! If you’ve decorated your home or yard with beautiful lights or know someone that did, please send us the address and we’ll add it to our list of places to visit. Send the address to news@cedarspringspost.com with “Tour of lights” in the subject line, or mail to Tour of Lights, c/o The Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Or, you can call us at 696-3655. There is no charge to be added. 

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Toys for Tots: two ways to donate

Would you like to do something special for families in need this Christmas? You can partner with us to provide toys for children in Kent County. The Post is participating in the Toys for Tots program again this holiday season, as both a drop off site for toys and this year we are also giving you the option to donate money instead, through our fundraising page at https://tinyurl.com/Posttoysfortots.

Toys for Tots is a volunteer organization whose goal is to collect new, unwrapped toys for kids 0-16, and distribute them to children who would not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season. 

“For more than a decade, we’ve been helping Toys for Tots collect toys for children who might not otherwise get one,” said Post editor Judy Reed. “We are humbled and grateful at the community’s response to helping others in need, and hope everyone will consider giving to this program, which helps less fortunate children have a merrier Christmas.”
The program runs now through December 14. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to our office at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. If you can’t make those times, call us at (616)-696-3655 to make other arrangements.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation instead, just go to https://tinyurl.com/Posttoysfortots. Our goal is $500.
All donations through Team and Personal pages are managed with the same 97 percent to 3 percent program to support ratio as any other form of dollar donation to the program, with over 97 percent of your donations going to the mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children.

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City Impact community turkey giveaway

This Thanksgiving “turkey” advertised the community turkey
giveaway Monday at City Impact of Cedar Springs.
Photo from City Impact Facebook page.

On Monday, November 24, City Impact gave out 163 turkey dinners with all the fixin’s to anyone who wanted one. They did it through donations of the community residents and businesses.

“We are blown away by the love, the support and the “let’s do this” together factor of Cedar Springs,” they posted on their Facebook page. “We cannot begin to express our thanks!” 

They are thankful to the countless people who strolled in with a grocery bag or a trunkful or an armful of groceries to be a part of this drive-thru Thanksgiving-GIVE. 

“We are so blessed and so thankful! Happy Happy Thanksgiving. 2020 sure has been different but today felt filled with love and hope, because of you, and you and you,” they said.

#bettertogether #loveactivated

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Ford Airport launches social media campaign featuring new presidential statue

#JerryandMe helps fans share a special moment with President Ford statue, offers prizes

The newly unveiled statue of President Ford at Gerald R. Ford International Airport has become a quick hit with local visitors and travelers from around the world. To help these fans share their special moment with the Ford statue, the Airport has launched a social media campaign featuring the hashtag #JerryandMe.

The campaign encourages visitors to the Ford Airport to take a selfie with the statute and post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #JerryandMe from today through December 31. The initiative also features prizes, with a randomly selected photo from each social media platform earning the creator a goodie bag from the airport.

The bronze statue is in a seated position, one arm lifted for embrace. A curved sandstone-inspired seating element complements the statue, creating a place for visitors to sit with President Ford while overlooking a global map etched into the concrete.

“We are pleased President Ford’s statue has been embraced by community members and travelers alike,” said Tory Richardson, Ford Airport Authority President and CEO. “The statue is inviting to all ages and is meant to encourage visitors to pause and pay tribute to the tremendous statesman and community advocate we had in President Ford.

“We hope this selfie campaign helps capture these special moments and helps build on our sense of community within and well beyond West Michigan.”

The statue was unveiled last month as part of the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project to honor the individuals who shaped the culture of and helped build West Michigan. The statue is the centerpiece of the newly dedicated Presidential Gateway Plaza, which provides a warm welcome to travelers from all over the world.

The late U.S. Ambassador Peter and Joan Secchia funded the Community Legends Project to recognize influential figures throughout the history of Grand Rapids and inspire others with their stories. The statue of President Ford is the Secchias’ gift to the Airport and all those who travel through it. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority designed and funded the development of the Presidential Gateway Plaza.

During the unveiling ceremony, Community Legends Committee Chair Charlie Secchia said this about the statue: “It holds a special place in our family members’ hearts. Not only was President Ford an adept and insightful leader in a tumultuous time, he was Grand Rapids’ favorite son and someone my parents are honored to have called a friend. We could not be prouder to call him our own and to dedicate this memorial as part of the Community Legends Project.”

The statue is the 12th in the Community Legends series, which also features President Ford’s beloved wife, Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Bloomer Ford, as well as U.S. Sen. Lucius Lyon, Chief Noahquageshik, Lyman Parks, Anna Sutherland Bissell and Jay Van Andel.

Gerald Ford was a member of Congress for 25 years, where his reputation for integrity earned him the position of House Minority Leader from 1965 to 1973. He was appointed vice president by Richard M. Nixon in December 1973 and, following Pres. Nixon’s resignation in 1974, became the 38th president of the United States. During his presidency, he took action to stem inflation, pass the Freedom of Information Act and resolve unrest in the Middle East. He was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. In 1999, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honor of his public service in healing the nation after the turmoil of Watergate. 

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