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Honesty is the best policy

 

 

A clergyman was walking down the street when he came upon a group of about a dozen boys, all of them between 10 and 12 years of age.

The group surrounded a dog. Concerned lest the boys were hurting the dog, he went over and asked, “What are you doing with that dog?”

One of the boys replied, “This dog is just an old neighborhood stray. We all want him, but only one of us can take him home. So we’ve decided that whichever one of us can tell the biggest lie will get to keep the dog.”

The reverend was taken aback. “You boys shouldn’t be having a contest telling lies!” he exclaimed. He then launched into a 10-minute sermon against lying, beginning, “Don’t you boys know it’s a sin to lie,” and ending with, “Why, when I was your age, I never told a lie.”

There was dead silence for about a minute. Just as the reverend was beginning to think he’d gotten through to them, the smallest boy gave a deep sigh and said, “All right, give him the dog.”

 

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TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 6: Start the New Year off right with TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #50

 

M*A*S*H* Auditions

Jan. 6,7: The Rogue River Community Theatre group is holding auditions for the play “M*A*S*H*” on January 6 and 7 at 6:30 pm at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Performance dates at March 19-21. Large adult cast, all experience levels welcome. Also looking for non-acting support roles. For more information go to www.rrctc.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rrctc. #51-53p

 

God’s Kitchen in Cedar Springs

Jan. 6,13,20,27: Join us for dinner every Tuesday. God’s Kitchen – Cedar Springs welcomes families from Northern Kent County and the surrounding area to a Tuesday Evening Meal. No charge – no registration required!  Served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs. For more information, call the Church office at 616-696-3904. #53

 

Mush! at Spencer KDL

Jan. 8: Tun-Dra Kennels owners will talk about sled dogs, mushing equipment and the Iditarod. Families can meet the dogs and watch a demonstration outside, weather permitting. For all ages. Thursday, January 8th at 6 pm. Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #53

 

Michigan’s Owls: Who’s Watching Who

Jan. 10: Listening to the hooting of owls has to be one of life’s most special pleasures. Join naturalist and expert Greg Swanson as he introduces you to owl biology during an indoor presentation. Then we will all head outdoors in search of these elusive nocturnal wonders that Greg has the ability to actually call in. Includes refreshments. Saturday, January 10 from 6 to 8 pm. Donation of $5 person or $15 for family of four or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #53

 

Volunteers Needed for Cleanup

Jan 10: The Community Building Development Team (CBDT) is seeking volunteers to help clean up brush and trees along the White Pine Trail located at the TD Johnson property at the West End of Maple Street. The property was recently purchased by CS Manufacturing which is planning to donate a portion of the property to the CBDT for the future development of a Community Center. Pizza is being donated through the Cedar Springs Brewing Company by Little Caesars of Cedar Springs. Chainsaws and people to stack brush and wood are needed. Wood resulting from the cleanup will be free to the public. The cleanup is planned for January 10 at 9am. Please contact Nick Andres at 616-893-4338 with questions. We look forward to your support in cleaning up the area and furthering the improvement efforts for the community by the CBDT. #53

 

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Searching for great Michigan Apple recipes

Michigan Apple Committee Sponsors Amateur Recipe Contest

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) is looking for talented amateur cooks to submit their favorite Michigan apple recipe for the 2014 Michigan Apple Amateur Recipe Contest. The contest is running now through Jan. 31, 2015. To enter, see the contest rules and details at http://bit.ly/1AjaHQK.

“Michigan apples are a versatile food — there are so many ways they can be used,” said Diane Smith, MAC executive director. “We are hoping Michigan’s tasty apples will inspire amateur cooks to get creative and develop something unique and delicious.”

Entries will be judged based on taste, originality, preparation and apple significance. Recipes that are easy to follow and where Michigan apples have a major role in the flavor of the dish will be important considerations. The three highest scoring recipes will receive a KitchenAid®, 250-Watt, 4-1/2-Quart, Stand Mixer, which is an approximate retail value of $250. Contest winners will be notified by Feb. 27, 2015.

To be eligible to participate, residents must be at least 18 years of age, and not a professional cook, chef, baker or home economist. Recipes must use Michigan apples. Entries should be typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper, and must include the contestant’s name, address, phone number, email and a Michigan apple variety recommendation. No Granny Smith apples can be used. A full list of Michigan Apple varieties can be found at www.MichiganApples.com/varieties.

Entries can be mailed to the Michigan Apple Committee at 13750 S. Sedona Parkway, Suite 3, Lansing, MI 48906, or emailed to Staff@MichiganApples.com. Mailed entries must be received before Jan. 31, 2015, and email entries must arrive before 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 31, 2015.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.

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Bring the ultimate super bowl halftime show to your hometown

Blake Shelton helps kick off Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” program in Corpus Christi, TX. Fans who visit Pepsi.com/halftime and share how they get hyped for halftime will be entered to win tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in Arizona and a Pepsi halftime extravaganza in their hometown.

Blake Shelton helps kick off Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” program in Corpus Christi, TX. Fans who visit Pepsi.com/halftime and share how they get hyped for halftime will be entered to win tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in Arizona and a Pepsi halftime extravaganza in their hometown.

(NAPS)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.

As you count down to Super Bowl XLIX, Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” contest will bring excitement and the spirit of a Pepsi Halftime Show to unexpected places, including a very special hometown.

Here’s how it works: Visit www.pepsi.com/halftime, register by specific location, and share a photo or video of yourself demonstrating how you get “Hyped for Halftime.” Showcase your best touchdown dance, paint your face with the colors of your hometown team, grab your friends to film your version of your favorite halftime performance or share your pet’s funniest party attire—the only requirement is your Hometown Hype! And hurry…the contest ends on Dec. 27.

Blake Shelton lands on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, TX to deliver a surprise performance to America’s veterans to launch Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” campaign—a call to action for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime halftime experience.

Blake Shelton lands on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, TX to deliver a surprise performance to America’s veterans to launch Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” campaign—a call to action for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime halftime experience.

By showing off your hometown hype, you could walk away with tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in Arizona to watch global superstar Katy Perry perform, along with bringing a Pepsi halftime extravaganza directly to your hometown prior to the game.

Already in the spirit of halftime, Pepsi recently brought the hype to America’s veterans on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas, with a special performance by country music superstar Blake Shelton.

To find out how you can unlock the spirit of halftime for your hometown, visit www.pepsi.com/halftime. May the most hyped hometown win!

 

 

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Christmas riddles

 

 

What’s white and goes up?
A confused snowflake!

 

What do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow!

 

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary!

 

What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
The Christmas one has no L (Noel)!

 

What won’t fit through the door at Christmas?
The three wide men!

 

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!

 

Why wasn’t the turkey hungry at Christmas time?
He was stuffed!

 

Knock knock!
Who’s there?
Snow.
Snow who?
Snow use – I’ve forgotten my name again!

 

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Frostbite!

Where do snowmen go to dance?
A snow ball!

 

What carol is heard in the desert?
Camel ye faithful!

 

What do monkeys sing at Christmas?
Jungle bells, jungle bells!

 

What is Santa’s dog called?
Santa Paws!

 

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas?
Santa Jaws!

 

What do you get if you cross Santa Claus with a detective?
Santa Clues!

 

What do you call Santa Claus when he doesn’t move?
Santa Pause!

 

What happened to the man who shoplifted a calendar at Christmas?
He got 12 months!

 

What do you call an Eskimo cow?
An Eskimoo.

 

How does Santa take pictures?
With his North Pole-aroid.

 

Who is Santa’s most famous elf?
Elfvis!

 

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TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 30: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #52

 

Countdown to Happy “Noon” Year!

Dec. 31: We’re giving kids an exciting way to ring in 2015 with a countdown, noisemakers, goodies and fun – at an hour that won’t keep them up past their bedtimes. For all ages. Wednesday, December 31st at 11:30 am at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #52

 

Think Outside the Cage at HCNC

Jan. 3: Come bird count with us, name the species. Catherine Karsen will lead you on a Bird Count, a small hike in search of our feathered friends. Many recognize this special day as “National Bird Day”. Listen to the beautiful songs the birds sing. Decorate trees with bird feeding/feeders. Pine cone feeders and “wreaths” shaped covered with peanut butter and birdseed, that will be made in our Interpretive Center. Saturday, January 3rd from 10 am to 12 pm. Donation of $4 per person or $10 for family of four or more. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #52

 

M*A*S*H* Auditions

Jan. 6,7: The Rogue River Community Theatre group is holding auditions for the play “M*A*S*H*” on January 6 and 7 at 6:30 pm at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Performance dates at March 19-21. Large adult cast, all experience levels welcome. Also looking for non-acting support roles. For more information go to www.rrctc.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rrctc. #51-53p

 

Help Promote Literacy

Jan. 7: The Literacy Center of West Michigan has scheduled and information session on Wednesday, January 7th for prospective volunteer tutors. This session is held at 6:30 pm and lasts one hour. It allows persons interested in becoming volunteer tutors to fund out more about the Center and its literacy programs. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to sign up for tutor training. By training people to be tutors, the Center can offer one-on-one reading help to adults asking for assistance in reading or English as a Second Language (ESL). You do not need to speak another language to tutor ESL. The Center is located at 1120 Monroe Ave., NW, Suite 240, Grand Rapids. Please call 616-459-5151 (ext. 10) to register. #52

 

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Racing against time

 

Two gas company workers—a senior training supervisor and a young trainee—were out checking meters in a city neighborhood.

They parked their truck at the end of an alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, a woman looking out her window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley and back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from that last house was huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I saw two men from the gas company running as hard as you two were, I figured I’d better run too!”

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Free Photos with Santa

Dec. 18: Free pictures with Santa will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, December 18th at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, on Lake Street. #51p

 

Old Fashioned Christmas

Dec. 19: Would you like to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas program with quaint, charming, twinkling lights this Friday evening at 7 pm? The Cedar Springs Christian Church, located in the chapel on Creative Technologies’ campus, invites you to attend! Light refreshments will be served afterwords. It will be a joyful time to celebrate the Reason for this Season! Wishing all, “A Very Merry Christmas!” For more information contact number 616-696-1160. #51

 

Free Family Pictures

Dec. 19: Free Family Pictures as part of Sand Lake’s 12 Days of Christmas will be held at Sand Lake Thrifty Treasures, 53 Lake Street, on Friday, December 19th, beginning at 1 pm. #51p

 

Holiday Bake Sale

Dec. 20: Please join us for the annual Tri-County 4H Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday, December 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs. #50,51p

 

Sand Lake Village Church’s Progressive Advent

Dec. 21,24: The Sand Lake Village Churches Progressive Advent continues on Sunday, December 21st at the Church of the Full Gospel with “The Uniqueness of Jesus” at 11 am and on Wednesday, December 24th there will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Resurrection Lutheran. Please join us. #51p

 

The Wonderful WaterColorBot

Dec. 23: Watch with amazement while an image you create by our robot using watercolors, paper and a paintbrush. For all ages. Tuesday, December 23 at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township KDL Branch. 88 Eighth St. #51

 

M*A*S*H* Auditions

Jan. 6,7: The Rogue River Community Theatre group is holding auditions for the play “M*A*S*H*” on January 6 and 7 at 6:30 pm at North Rockford Middle School Auditorium. Performance dates at March 19-21. Large adult cast, all experience levels welcome. Also looking for non-acting support roles. For more information go to www.rrctc.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rrctc. #51-53p

 

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It’s all in the numbers

 

 

Four expectant fathers were in a hospital waiting room while their wives were in labor.

The nurse comes in and tells the first man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“What a coincidence!” the man exclaims. “I work for the Minnesota Twins baseball team!”

The nurse returns a short while later and tells the second man, “Congratulations! You are the father of triplets.”

“Wow, what a coincidence!” he replies. “I work for the 3M Corporation.”

When the nurse comes again, she tells the third man that his wife has given birth to quadruplets.

“Another coincidence!” he tells her. “I work for the Four Seasons Hotel!”

At this point, the fourth guy faints. When he comes to, the others ask him what’s wrong.

He moans. “I work for 7-Eleven!”

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Christmas Fund Distribution

Dec. 12: Due to the generosity of the late Evelyn Cossin, there are limited funds available again this year to assist some families in need for Christmas. The funds are available only to families living in the Cedar Springs city limits. Please send or bring letters requesting assistance to: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, C/O Janet Avery. All letters should include some brief summary of your need for assistance. Letters must be submitted and post marked and received NO later than Friday, December 12th. Please note: If awarded some assistance, we will send you a letter informing you of your pick up times of 10 am – noon and 7 – 8 pm on Monday, December 22nd at Cedar Springs UMC. All letters received will receive some notification of acceptance or denial of assistance. #49,50p

 

Make edible Christmas tree, ornament at library

Dec. 13: Make an edible Christmas tree with frosting and great candy decorations this Saturday, December 13. RSVP for sessions starting at 10am, 11am and 12pm. Great for kids preschool and up!  Also make a Christmas tree decoration for as long as supplies last!  RSVP by calling 616-696-1910 or stop by and sign up at 43 W. Cherry Street during open hours. Visit our website for more information: cedarspringslibrary.llcoop.org

 

TOPS weight loss support group

Dec. 16: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #50

 

Michigan Blood Drive

Dec. 16: Tuesday, December 16th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12 to 7 pm. Cedar Springs Women’s Club will be donating homemade cookies. Attempt to donate and you could win a $250 shopping spree. In the Spirit of Giving this Christmas, what better gift than the gift of life. For each unit you give, it will benefit three peoples’ life! It only costs you an hour of your time. #50

 

Winter Snow Party

Dec. 18: Celebrate winter wonderland indoors with crafts, games and activities! For ages 6 and younger. Wednesday, December 18h at 6 pm at the Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler, Gowen. #50

 

Gingerbread Lake at KDL

Dec. 20: Stroll down Gingerbread Lake and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participation spots are limited. For all ages. Saturday, December 20th at 10:30 am at the Sand Lake/ Nelson Township KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St. #50

 

Holiday Bake Sale

Dec. 20: Please join us for the annual Tri-County 4H Holiday Bake Sale! Saturday, December 20th, from 9 am to 2:30 pm at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs. #50,51p

 

Holiday Potluck at HCNC

Dec. 20: On Saturday, December 20th at 6 pm to about 8 pm Howard Christensen Nature Center will host a Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass – HCNC will provide turkey and ham. Bring your whole family! Everyone and anyone is invited. This year there will be an “Ugly Christmas Shirt Contest” with prizes. There will also be games. A White Elephant Gift Exchange will be held. The gift needs to be wrapped, marked “Male or Female or Either”, do not put your name (This is a secret!). 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #50

 

Snowshoeing at HCNC

Dec. 21: Learn to Snowshoe. You and our loved ones can enjoy snowshoeing together on our scenic trails with a snowshoe guide, snow permitting. Build a team, employee party, and join the festive fun. Sunday, December 21 from 10:30 am to 12 pm. Donation of $5 per person, snowshoes included. Howard Christensen Nature Center 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City. 616-675-3158. #50

 

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