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Red Cross safety tips to prevent home holiday fires

The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.

“Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking and entertaining this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Chip Kragt, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross of West Michigan.

Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and Thanksgiving are the top three days for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires. The Red Cross has some simple steps everyone can follow to prevent home fires around the holidays:

Holiday Entertaining 

Test your smoke alarms.

Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

Enforce a “kid-free zone” in cooking areas. Keep children at least three feet away from the stove.

Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any appliance that generates heat.

Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.

Holiday Decorating 

Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

Keep children, pets and decorations away from lit candles.

Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of LED strands to connect. Some strings of lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

People should also download the free American Red Cross First Aid app, which provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

People can test their knowledge on how to prevent home fires by taking the Fire Safety Quiz, and can learn more about fire prevention by visiting redcross.org.

 

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Letters to Santa

SANTA-Natalie

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Dear Santa I want a

3 DS a i pad a i pod

a magic kit

Justin BiBer perfume

a puppy

 

But I most want my

Grandma Dee

She is up there whith you

please please please

Santa

 

PS.

Love Rylee

Brace

 

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Der Satul I No

I Fora I Fon

But I wot a

I Pod

 

Love

Kaylee Muree

 

I love You

 

Rylee is MeN

 

I wot a Dog

and I wot a I poD

I wot peroofom

 

I woot a puppy

Santa and

a I paD

Justin Bevrv

and do Not raDool

reD HiS LeDSwu

 

Are You MaJit

Yes Are No

 

Sorry  For Being NaugHty

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SANTA-Reindeer

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Letters to Santa

From, Josephine Vanderhyde

 

Dear: Santa

I have been good this year. for Christmas alex dominic and I are asking for a trampiline together. Some other things I would like in my stocking would be a tiny stuffed animal and candy.

 

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Santa Claus

I’m sorry Santa, Ive not Been that good. Please forgive me. I would like if you could help me give just write a letter.

from Alexandria Vanderhyde

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Dear Santa:

I would like

1. a toy chruc

2. and LAgow SiDy (City)

and BookS

 

It is your BeSt Friend

Benjamin Drier

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Mr. Santa

 

Hi SanTa can

You Leave Me a

Note Just LIKe

Ben.

have a

grat day.

LIST

SonIC Wii

VIDeo Game.

WIPeout Wii Game.

head Phone Wii.

 

From

Joseph Drier

WrITe If I am Bad or Good.

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CriSMaS LiST

I wont A toy Chran AND clos

and PrfyouM now  oWrduMiNtS

ANd StoNPees AND MaKup NaL poLiSh ANd LipStiK. My favorit seson

is Crismas all The lovE in crismas.

AND three mor thingS I wont a IPaD a taBLit a tv!

 

from: Shalene

to: Santa ClaS

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Dear Santa,

I hope you are haveing susesful

year so far! And your elfs are geting

ready for the big day! But what I

want for Chrimas is a Wii U, Sonic lost

world for Wii U and mario 3d land for

Wii U. Plus I wold like some suprise!

I have cookies and milk ready for you

on Chrismas eve night! And I hope you

have a meary Chrismas ful of cheery.

Oh Santa thank you for all of the

wonderful gifts last year and all the

years. And thank you.

Sinsersly, Courtney Mooney

P.S. Thank you for giveing gifts

to Makenzie and me. And for the gifts in

the stocins. Thank you Santa and Mrs. Claus

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to: Santa from Morgan, age 9

I love Santa

1. I want a Big giant Stuff animal

2. I want lotS and lotS of make up

3. I want a loft Bed like a bunk bed

4. I want a Pair of snow boots please

5. I want Crazy Loom

6. I want a pair of high heels Please size 3

Please get me crazy loom and High heels

Please get me crazy Loom and High heels

Please get me crazy loom and High heels

Please get me crazy loom and High heels size 3

Please get me crazy loom and High heels size 3

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Tour of Lights

There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! 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!

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

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

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.

2207 15 Mile Rd, one block west of Algoma Ave. Nolan Patin, 12, set up a Christmas display to music. Tune your radio to 95.1, and don’t forget to make a donation to him to support the Cedar Springs Historical Museum.

830 19 Mile Rd, Burt and Wanda Drent. Go west on 17 Mile to Algoma, then two miles to 19 Mile, and 2 Miles on 19 Mile to home.

The corner of Beech and Maple Streets in Sand Lake. The display of Bob and Tracey Fitzgerald lights up the whole town! The kids will love it.

 

Send us your home or homes you’ve seen to news@cedarspringspost.com.

 

 

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Celebrate the joy of Christmas

at one of the churches in our community:

Dec. 15, 17, 22, 24, 29: Celebrate the coming of Christ at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. On Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m., our kids will share the Good News with “Christmas Counts” and a presentation of “The Reluctant Innkeeper.”  On Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m., we offer a Blue Christmas worship service of hope and healing for those who struggle with life circumstances. Childcare is provided. On Dec. 22, our adult choir presents a cantata called “All is Well” in the 9:00 a.m. worship service. Join us on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) to welcome the Christ child into our hearts and lives.  We offer two worship services: 7:00 p.m. (supervised childcare provided for ages 0-3 and special Children’s Time) and 10:00 p.m. Both services include Holy Communion and candlelighting. Then, on Dec. 29, we worship at 10:00 a.m. and celebrate the joy of the Christmas season! For more information, please call (616) 696-1140 or visit us online: www.cedarspringsumc.org

 

Dec. 15, 22, 24: Join First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, at the corner of Main and Muskegon Street, for their Christmas program, “Pointing to Jesus,” on December 15, at 5 p.m. On Sunday, December 22, hear the Christmas message, “Anticipation: Imminent” (based on Luke 1:45-55, and 2:1-14). They will also hold a Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 7 p.m. at the church.

Dec. 15, 24: The children of the Solon Center Wesleyan Church will celebrate the birth of the Savior with a Christmas program “What Will You Give to Jesus?” on Sunday, December 15 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The children will perform in both services. The church will also celebrate Jesus’ birth with a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday, December 24 at 6 p.m. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. Everyone welcome!

 

Dec. 20, 22, 24: Join The Springs Church on Friday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., when their worship band performs a fabulous concert of your favorite, fun Christmas songs to get you in the mood for Christmas. Proceeds from low cost tickets ($3/person or $10 per family) go to help fund the church’s “Bless the children” ministry, which provides clothing for children in the community. Fun for the whole family! They also invite you to their Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Tuesday, December 24at 7 p.m. Feel free to come as you are, and bring friends and family, too! There will be glo-sticks for the kids. The Sunday, Dec. 22 message (at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.) is part of the series “Advent Conspiracy.” We are located on the corner of Oak & First Streets in Cedar Springs. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We hope to see you at The Springs this Christmas!

 

Dec. 22, 24: Hillcrest Community Church of God Welcomes you on Sunday, December 22, at 10:45 a.m., to enjoy a down home Christmas play.  Come and be a part of our studio audience at our live broadcast. Watch families reenact the Holy Nativity, and we’ll all sing Christmas carols together. Then the Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be December 24, at 6:30 p.m.  Won’t you join us in celebrating the birth of The King!  There will be refreshments following both services. We are located at 5994 18Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI.  For questions please call 616-696-9333.

 

Dec, 22, 25: Join Pioneer Christian Reformed on December 22 at 6 p.m. for a Blue Christmas Service. While Christmas is a time that many look forward to and things like joy and happiness mark this time of year, others have a particularly hard time during the Christmas season. Join us for a Blue Christmas Service where we will acknowledge the difficulty that Christmas can present and offer some help for the pain. You are also invited to our Christmas Day Service on Wednesday, December 25, at 10 a.m. Come celebrate with us the birth of our Savior. Pioneer CRC meets at 3592 17 Mile RD NE Cedar Springs, MI, 49319 (Next To Meijer)  Phone: 696-9120 Web: www.pioneercrc.org.

 

Dec. 24: Calvary Assembly of God (810 17 Mile Road) will offer its annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, December 24, at 6:30pm. This is a relaxing and joy-filled hour of hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and a reminder of the reason for the season of Christmas. Get more details at http://cscalvary.org.

 

Dec. 24: We’ll be doing what we do best this Christmas season at Courtland-Oakfield UMC with simple celebrations of God’s gifts of friends and family, symbols and traditions, carols and Christ … especially Christ. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7:00 p.m. will be a time to take a restful break and listen as God Whispers Love. We are located at 10295 Myers Lake NE. Check out our website, www.coumc.com, or visit us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/COUMC

Dec. 24: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024  18 Mile Rd. NE will be holding a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. Come celebrate the blessed birth with us!

 

Dec. 24: Please join us at 7 p.m. for a traditional Christmas Eve Worship service with music and Holy Eucharist at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.  We are located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont, at the intersection of Post & Pine Island drives, 1/4 mile west of Exit 95 (Belmont) of US Route 131. Visit us online at www.holyspiritbelmont.org or www.facebook.com/holyspiritbelmont.

 

Dec. 24: We encourage you to join us at Resurrection Lutheran Church of Sand Lake, for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Service, at 7 p.m. Resurrection Lutheran Church is located just south of Sand Lake, off from Northland Drive. It will be a wonderful service, in honor of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ as we celebrate His birth. For more information, 616-636-5502.

 

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Santa Letters

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! I am giving AWAy toyS BeucaSe I do not Play with my toyS.  Dear Santa! What do I want OH I WAnt a toys kitchen. But It Has to Have food

Dear Santa!
I am giving AWAy toyS BeucaSe I do not Play with my toyS.
Dear Santa!
What do I want OH I WAnt a toys kitchen. But It Has to Have food

Dear Santa Claus,

What do I want for Christmas?

All I want a Large Tye Dye Peace Teddy Bear

20” Plush toy from Beanie Buddies, Balto Jenna Lying

Plush Toy, Winnie the Pooh Figurine Play Set

and some Candy. I’ll see you on

December 24th. P.S. P.ease send me

some money and I believe in You.

 

Sincerly,

John Hodges

 

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Dear: SaNtA

 

I Would Like a XBOX 360

AND Power Rangers and aNother

Suit and another Tie, AnD a

PI

 

ANderson BrowN

 

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Dear: Santa Dec. 02, 2013

 

My Name is Kaleb Maddox I am 10.

For this ChristmaS I Want XboX 1. If you

cant make it, thatS ok. AlSo thank you

For all the wonderful gifts laSt year.

 

Your Freind Kaleb MaddoX

 

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Dear: Santa

 

All I want for Christmas is for my  two Kids To be good  all year long in 2014. So  lets see  what you can do.

 

Sue J.

 

Dear Santa 12-2013

 

I am 2 almost 3 years old

So my mommy is writing this for

me. I would love to get a real

bird. And a fur real dog on a Skate

board. I would like a baby alive

doll. And a ring around the rose

doll. And Hello Kitty Stuff. And a

nything else You would like to

bring me.

 

Love Brooklyn M. Archer

from Cedar Springs MI

 

P.S. Please

bring my big

brother stuff to.

 

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to: Santa from: Kenzie

 

I wot sum Barbie a Barbie car.

a ipod 4.

Sum pilowpals.

the pilows that lit up.

a ipad.

and a drem howse that gos clos to HaYLees howse.

a cat.

a Dog.

a peanly.

and a poney.

a magic wond.

Sum Bulon.

and a Boy Barbie.

and a WOW cup.

 

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To: Santa From: Jaxsen

To: Santa From: Jaxsen

Dear Santa, I really want a fuuny

foam purse and a Doll that

feelS like Skin and a American

doll and a baby toy dog and a

Stuffers, Big, Meddum and Shmall and

a New DS and a Doll Set with

dolls and a New HeLLo KIITTeY and

a Life for home-lis peple

 

Love, Ceairah Ann

Worden JR.

P.S. give Brayden toy too.

 

Hppay XMAS,

Santa!

 

 

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Baby’s 1st Christmas

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Holiday Happenings 2013

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CEDAR SPRINGS

Red Flannel Christmas – Come Mingle with Kris Kringle

Dec. 7: Come celebrate the kick off to the Christmas season with a Red Flannel Town Christmas, presented by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.  Creative Technologies Academy will have an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; local businesses will be open and running specials beginning at 10 a.m.; and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will do Christmas crafts from noon to 3 p.m. New this year is the Red Flannel Town Christmas Parade, with registration at 4:30 p.m., and parade at 5 p.m. Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the corner of Main Street and Ash. Bring the whole family out for a fun, old-fashioned, red flannel town Christmas celebration.

Second annual Christmas concert at the Kent

Dec. 14: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Kent Theatre on Saturday, December 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Cedar View Choir will perform this year, along with some performers from last year and more. Bring the family and have some fun. Admission is $5, and free for kids under age 5.

Make a gingerbread house

Dec. 14: Calling all Kids to decorate a Gingerbread House at the Cedar Springs Public Library. Sign up for one of three sessions: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., or 12 p.m. All ages welcome, preschoolers must have parent present. Stop by the library to register or call 616-696-1910.

Christmas Dance Extravaganza at the Kent

Dec. 15: The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas Dance Extravaganza at the Kent on Sunday, December 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. They have a variety of dance styles lined up to perform. Bring out the family and have some fun. Tickets are $10, and free for those under age 5.

GREENVILLE

Hometown Christmas

Dec. 6: Come and celebrate “A Hometown Christmas” in beautiful Historic, downtown Greenville. It’s so much more than just a parade. Events start with a Santa park party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park (next to the bakery). Santa will visit with children, and pose for photos with kids; there will be face painting, live Christmas music, hot cocoa and cookies, and plenty of holiday merriment. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. at Lafayette Park. Santa will do the honors and light the tree. The parade follows at 6 p.m., and then kids can visit with Santa at the Flat River Museum immediately following the parade until 8 p.m.

Heritage Holiday Village

Dec. 8: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Montcalm Community College. Free. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday in the village, including caroling, crafts, photos with an 0ld-fashioned St. Nicholas, and more. 2800 College Drive, Sidney, Michigan 48885.

Tree of Lights Celebration

Dec. 8, 17: On Sunday, December 8, the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals will hold its annual Tree of Lights celebration at 4 p.m. at United Hospital in Greenville. On Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. the Tree of Love celebration will be held at United Church of Christ, 115 W Fifth Street in Lakeview. Funds raised from this year’s Tree of Lights and Tree of Love will help purchase a video laryngoscope for both United and Kelsey Hospitals. A laryngoscope is a lifesaving medical device used to place breathing tubes in a patient who is unable to breathe on his or her own. Enjoy the musical sounds of the season, delicious refreshments and listen as the names of those who are read.

SAND LAKE

Polar Express Party

Dec. 11: All aboard! Hop on the Polar Express and enjoy a magical storytime train ride at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library at 6:30 p.m. Play games, make a reindeer ornament, enjoy an edible train and more at this cozy holiday party. For all ages. The library is located at 88 Eighth Street.

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 14: Santa will be at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library from 10 a.m. to Noon a.m. on Saturday, December 8. Visit with Santa and enjoy crafts and treats. Gifts aplenty for the first 200 children! Prize drawings will be held. For all ages.

SPARTA

Pet night with Santa 

Dec. 12: 6-8 pm in Santa House, 94 N. Union. Bring your furry friends to visit with Santa! Photo with $3.00 donation or pet food or blanket donation to go to the Humane Society.

Santa Train visits Sparta

Dec. 14: The Santa Train will visit Sparta at approximately 10 a.m. (visit www.spartachamber.com for exact time.) Follow Santa in the kid’s parade to the Santa House and visit Santa until 1 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 280 will serve hot cocoa, and the Coffee Stop will give out free samples of gourmet coffee. Find Bruce the chestnut grower and try a free roasted chestnut. There will also be free horse and trolley rides until 2 p.m.

Santa in Santa house

Dec. 19 and 21: Santa will be in the Santa house (94 N. Union) on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m., and on Saturday, December 21, from 11 to1 p.m. Bring your own camera.

Living Nativity

Dec. 21-Dec. 24: The Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 10 Mile Road, presents “The Living Nativity” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 21-24.

Horse drawn trolley rides

Dec. 24: Horse drawn trolley rides from 6-9 p.m. Loading area and treats at Sparta Fire Department.

SPENCER TOWNSHIP

Gingerbread Lane

December 5: Stroll down Gingerbread Lane at the Spencer Township Library and enjoy tasty gingerbread stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each child will make a simple gingerbread house. Pre-registration is required and participant spots are limited. For all ages. Arts and crafts.

 

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Christmas Concert at The Springs Church

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The Springs Church Worship Team is hosting a Christmas Concert at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20. You will hear some of your favorite, fun Christmas songs and experience some great entertainment for the whole family. Let us help get you in the Christmas spirit! All proceeds will go to the church’s Bless The Children ministries to help kids in our community with clothing and other needs. Tickets are $3 a person or $10 a family. For more information please call the church office at 696-2970. Don’t miss out on this wonderful Christmas event!

 

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