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Postal Service ready to deliver holiday cheer

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Approximately 16 billion pieces of mail, including 750 million packages to be delivered this holiday season

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Postal Service announced it is ready to deliver a lot of cheer—in the form of roughly 16 billion cards, letters and packages—this holiday season.

The Postal Service, the largest e-commerce deliverer, is projecting about 750 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, a 12-percent increase in volume compared to last year.

“Our customers can count on the entire Postal Service workforce to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “With the Postal Service’s unrivaled network and expanded 7-day a week delivery window, we are uniquely qualified to provide the highest levels of customer service and we are confident that’s exactly what we’ll do this holiday season.”

Additionally, the Postal Service is hiring more than 35,000 seasonal employees to help process and deliver increased volumes and meet the needs of its customers. While the Postal Service already delivers packages on Sunday in most major cities, following the success of past holiday seasons, it will expand Sunday delivery operations to all locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 27. More than five million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 19, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards. Thursday, Dec. 22, is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates nearly 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.

Skip the Trip and Ship Online

Dec. 19 will also be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit usps.com that day alone. Customers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting usps.com—the Postal Service’s website that will help make mailing and shipping easier than ever. Millions of customers will skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and take advantage of convenient online shipping this holiday season. Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup from the mail carrier.

2016 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Nov. 7 – APO/FPO/DPO USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 9 –APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail & First Class Mail

Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 20 – First Class Mail

Dec. 21 – Priority Mail

Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom at usps.com/holidaynews.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Christmas wishes

A big thank you to The Springs Church Kids for their beautiful Christmas wishes!

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Coloring Contest Winners

Coloring Contest winning entry by Kirk Mollien, age 9.

Coloring Contest winning entry by Kirk Mollien, age 9.

The force was strong this year with those who dared to enter into our 2015 Cedar Springs Post Christmas Coloring contest (say that three times!) Children from Cedar Springs and beyond grabbed their trusty crayons, markers and set about creating the best, most colorful Christmas tree in an effort to win the coveted Star Wars Droid featured in the most recently released film, The Force Awakens.

StarWars-BB8-droidCongrats go to 9-year-old Kirk Mollien of Kent City for taking home the winning prize. Good job Kirk! The creative force is strong in you.

Only one lucky winner was chosen out of the nine finalists in three different age groups. Although there was only one prize-winner, Santa said he’d stop by and give us consolation gifts for the eight other finalists. Thanks Santa!

Our finalists were:

Hannah Sevey, age 5, of Cedar Springs

Lauren Coblentz, age 6, of Cedar Springs/Brown Deer, WI

Jacob Totten, age 7, of Kent City

Austin Castle, age 10, of Cedar Springs

William Miller, age 10, of Cedar Springs

Cloe Shoffner, age 11, of Rockford

Eden Ader, age 12, of Sand Lake

Charlie Ellick, age 12, of Cedar Springs

Prizes may be picked up on Monday, December 28 or later.

Star Wars Droid is valued at $150. Sponsored by Northwest Kent Mechanical of Cedar Springs and area businesses like: All About Heating & Cooling, Gould’s Mini-Mart, Grand Rental Station, Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home, Little Caesars, Robinson Septic, Rockford Ambulance.

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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa

I want a camera

for Christmas

From, Holly

 


 

 

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas is Mario kart 8 for wii u,Splatoon for the wii u. Some AmiGos whic are littel figuerine you can use in wii u game’s like mario kart 8 and more. The final thig I want is the “new” nitendo 3ds xl in red. If you can only get me one thing thats ok because I know there’s a lot of kids who need toys and want toys.

I hope you have a safe flight on Christmas eve night. I’ll make sure to make you fresh cookes to leva you and a Glass of milk. I also wanted to say thank you for giving Grayson a home because last year I asked you the thig I wanted most was for Grayson to find a home and the home he found was ares. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Sincerely, 

Courtney Mooney

P.S sorry for bad spelling.

 


 

 

DeAr SANtA, i WANt

StAr WArs CArS

Pic KAXe (minecraft) StuffeD ANiMAlS. C-3PO FigUre

Lego SW Senate Commando Troopers

Lego MiNi FigUreS

DiAMoND SWorD.

Millennium Falcom – Star Wars Lego

aNd boW aNd arroW

gArAge PlAySet HOt WheelS 50 PACK/20 PACK

Lego Movie Emmets Constructo Mech

 


 

 

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Baby’s First Christmas

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’Tis The Season 

 

Heartwarming treats for the holidays 

(Family Features) The holiday season is never complete without friends and HOL-Heartwarming-treats1family gathered ’round for festive cheer and merriment. Whether you’re the hostess with the mostest or an extroverted elf whose calendar is bursting at the seams, there’s no need to fret over what you’ll serve at your next event—even when you’re pressed for time.

According to the National Confectioners Association, 77 percent of adults include candy in Christmas stockings or gifts, 62 percent celebrate with a candy bowl at work or at home and 62 percent bake with candy or chocolate at the holidays. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, seasonal varieties are nearly endless and emerge long before Rudolph makes his rounds each Christmas Eve.

A nostalgic addition to the candy aisle this winter, the Nestlé Crunch Peanuts Collection inspired by Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts gang is fully decked for the holidays, complete with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all of the characters you love. Hailing from the most influential comic strip of all time, read every day by 355 million people in 75 countries, the beloved characters span across newspapers, Emmy-winning television specials, a full length film and now, Nestlé Crunch chocolates.

Looking for a treat to bring to your next holiday gathering? In just 20 minutes, you can whip up these heartwarming Peppermint Crunch Fudge bars, featuring Nestlé Crunch miniatures. Your guests will love the texture of the crunchy milk chocolate paired with a burst of peppermint flavor. Plus, it’s a recipe so simple even the kids can join in on the baking fun.

For more holiday inspiration, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

HOL-Heartwarming-treats2Peppermint Crunch Fudge

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time:  20 minutes

Serves: 25

28 Nestlé Crunch Bar Minis

3 cups Nestlé Toll House Bittersweet Chocolate Morsels

1 can (14 ounces) Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

1/4 cup crushed candy canes (or peppermint discs), divided in half

Line 9-by-9-inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place bars in even layer on bottom of pan.

Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until chips and milk are melted together. Mix in 1/8 cup crushed candy canes.

Once everything is melted together, spread evenly over bars in prepared pan. Immediately sprinkle with remaining crushed candy canes, pressing lightly into fudge. Cool until firm, then cover with plastic and place in refrigerator to harden completely. Cut into squares and serve.

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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” (by Monday, December 21st to ensure it reaches Santa in time) 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.


 

DEAr sANtA

I WOULD LiKE

A MErMAiD

GAME A SCOOtEr

A EASY BAKE OVEN

A LEAP PAD

A SPELLinG GAME

A PErFECtiOn GAME

I WiLL BE GOOD

LOVE

Alexis


 

 

HOL-SantaLetter-ZekeDear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is:

Cars,

Trucks,

Trains,

Mega Blocks,

Board books by Eric Carle,

Board books by SAndra Boynton,

A Toy box,

bath toys,

and a new fedora.

Love,

Zeke Miles, age 23 months

p.s. my mom wants Season 3 of Supernatural.

 


 

From: Alanna

to: Santa Claws

North Pole

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My Christmas List

• Hellow Kitty lip balm Set

• Shopkins Ultimate manicure Set

• Make it Your Own lip balm Set

• Radio

• full linzyStriling album

• FriendShip 2 Part necklius

• Dive Detective Kit

• Scrach art Pets

• Pet Jet lPS

• MIP StarPowe DYiry

• SpaKle & Glow crystals

• Deluxe Detectiv briefcase

• CryPlex

• Christmas Nailart

Alanna Miller

age 7,

Cedar Springs

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Tour of lights 2015

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! The Springs Church, located at 135 N. Grant Street, is a new stop on this year’s Tour of lights, with their dancing light display choreographed to your favorite Christmas music. The show will run nightly from sundown to 8:30 p.m., through December 23.

So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street (enter off First Street). See their dancing light display choreographed to your favorite Christmas music. The show will run nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., through December 23.

2. 88 N. Grant Street (Corner of Maple and Grant) Rosenberger home

3. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

4. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights and decorations on the lampposts and the town Christmas tree is at the corner of Main and Ash.

5. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

6. The Fieldstone Meadows subdivision, first cul de sac, just off 18 Mile. Head north on Main Street in Cedar Springs, turn east on 18 Mile. Go around curve, past mobile home park, and then east into Fieldstone.

7. Subdivision off Pine Street (behind Wesco)

8. 830 19 Mile Rd, home of Burt and Wanda Drent. Take 17 Mile Rd west to Algoma, turn north on Algoma and go to 19 Mile, turn west. About 2 miles to house on left, corner of 19 Mile and Albrecht.

9. Vista View Estates, west off Algoma, south of 17 Mile Road.

10. 17 Mile Rd, between Paine and Long Lake.

11. 20 Mile Road, ½ mile west of White Creek.

12. Vantage Point, Algoma to 20 Mile, west on 20 Mile

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Baby’s First Christmas

Atlas-santa-hat1-cWe want to give you the opportunity to celebrate your baby’s very first Christmas in a special way. The  Cedar Springs POST will be featuring area newborns in “Baby’s First Christmas,” a special feature for babies celebrating their first Christmas.

Photos will be run at no cost to our readers, but space is limited so get your photos in early. Deadline is Monday, December 21 by 5 p.m. and pictures with name and date of birth will appear in the December 24th issue. We cannot guarantee return of photos. Show the community your precious gift!

Photos may be dropped off at the Cedar Springs POST – 36 E. Maple St., or mailed to Baby’s First Christmas, P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, or emailed to news@cedarspringspost.com. Please include baby’s name, and birth date, as well as a contact name and phone number.

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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.


 

dear Santa

can I PleaSe

have Pokemon balls

and Pokemon, a

Iron Man case for

my Phone, and

AA batterys

Love – Jolly Lucas

 


 

 

Dear Santa i want a

• Monster truck

• Legos

• psL/-playstation four

• playstation 3 games

Love Jackson

Gregory

 


 

 

Dear Santa,

My Name is

Christain :). Im a

good boy.

1. Pomekmon Stuff.

2. My little Pony – figures

and house.

3. Match box cars.

4. Race Track

Thank you Santa,

Love,

Christain Austin

OXOXOX

 

 


 

 

Dear Santa I know what

I want for Chirstmas.

Monster high Dolls / Legos /

notebook / books / stufed owl /

stufed kitten / stufed fox /

cat toy / 3 D.S. cup

love

Natalie rose Stevenson

 

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LTS-BrooklynArcher-pictureDear Santa,

Hi, how are you?

ope you are fine. Well

This is Brookyn Archer

again. I hope you remember

me. My mom is writting this

for me because I cant write

very well yet because I’m

only 4 years old but you

know this already. I would

like you to try and bring

me a baby alive doll

but the new one that poops out

food. And paw patrol stuff and

pop the pig game and that

pie face game mommy said

a lot of kids want that game.

I want a barbie doll house

for my barbies. And maybe

some stuff for my brother

River to  he likes video

games and football he also

likes Under Aroumer And

call of duty legos. Thank you.

I love you Santa

Love Brooklyn Archer

from Cedar Springs.


 

 

Dear Santa,

Santa all I want

for Christmas is under armour stuff. And a Millitary football

and also an Xbox1. But

Santa know what I really

want, is to be with my

family and friends. I want

to watch all my little cousins

Christmas wishes come true

So Santa if you cant

get me the things I want

can you at least bring my

cousins what they want.

And also my little

sister Brooklyn Archer every thing she wants.

Thank you.

Sincerly

River Oligney age 12

from Cedar Springs.

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