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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!


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


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.















HOL-SantaLetter-ZekeDear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is:




Mega Blocks,

Board books by Eric Carle,

Board books by SAndra Boynton,

A Toy box,

bath toys,

and a new fedora.


Zeke Miles, age 23 months

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



From: Alanna

to: Santa Claws

North Pole


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





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,


Christain Austin






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


Natalie rose Stevenson



































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.


River Oligney age 12

from Cedar Springs.

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Make the Season Brighter for Families in Need in Your Community


(Family Features) For many of us, a cozy winter’s night isn’t complete without milk and cookies or a warm cup of hot cocoa. But families in need in your community may be missing out on milk and its nine essential nutrients.

More than 46 million Americans – including 12 million children – rely on Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Milk is one of the most requested yet least donated items year round, but even more so in the winter months when food banks are even busier.

In fact, according to Feeding America, food bank clients receive an average of less than one gallon of milk per person per year, because while Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, many don’t think to donate milk because it’s perishable. This leaves many families with limited access to milk’s essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving.

Don’t just get together, give together

Since 2014, The Great American Milk Drive has helped deliver more than 8.5 million servings of highly desired and nutrient-rich milk to hungry families who need it most—but there’s still so much more to do. There are a number of ways that you can help kids and families in your own community this season:

Volunteer at your local food bank or food pantry. 

While donations are always appreciated, your local Feeding America food bank and food pantries can often use extra hands – especially at this time of year. Gather your friends, family or coworkers and donate your time to feed those in your community. There are many different opportunities to help across the country – at local food pantries and even virtually. Visit milklife.com/give to find your local food bank and learn more.

Collect food donations when you host.

Hosting for the holidays? You can benefit families in need in your community by asking guests to bring something to donate to a food bank. While most people think of canned or dry goods, perishable foods like fresh produce and milk are often needed, particularly around the holidays. Find your nearest food bank, check its needs and any donation guidelines at FeedingAmerica.org.

Donate highly-desired, nutrient-rich fresh milk.

By entering your zip code at milklife.com/give, you can ensure that nutrient-rich milk is delivered to a local food bank to help nourish children in your own community.

What many people don’t realize is how big this problem is—one in seven Americans face hunger, including 15 million children, and it’s a problem that impacts all sorts of families, in urban, suburban and rural communities. And milk is one of the most requested nutritious items by food bank clients, but, it’s rarely donated. Milk isn’t just a drink, it’s a nutrient powerhouse – but, only if people have access to it. Help local families put milk on the table for their children this season.

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Celebrate the joy of Christmas 


At one of the churches in our community:

Dec. 13, 20, 24, 27: The Springs Church invites you every Sunday morning throughout December for our messages series Christmas Around The World.  Throughout this series we will enjoy Christmas music from around the world and will learn what God is doing to bring peace on earth, goodwill to men. We offer two services at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Also this year, The Springs Church is excited to welcome the community to an outdoor musical light show in our parking lot! The Christmas Light Show will run nightly form sundown to 8:30 p.m. December 4th-23rd. Then our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Thursday, December 24th at 7 p.m. This special family service will help you connect and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Kids are welcome to wear their pajamas and will get their own glow sticks! Please join us. We’re located at 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant). For more info on any of the events happening at The Springs Church this month visit our website www.thespringschurch.info.

Dec. 13, 20, 24: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church invites you to join us for worship throughout Advent as we prepare for Our Coming Savior every Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. We will celebrate Christmas Eve with candlelight and Holy Communion during two services on December 24th at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The church is located at 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs.

Dec. 13, 24:  Solon Center Wesleyan Church invites you to come and share in the joy of our Children’s Christmas Program, Bethlehem...Nothing Ever Happens Here, this Sunday, December 13. The children will perform in both services, 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. We also invite you to join us in celebrating the Good News of the birth of our Savior in a special Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Thursday, December 24 at 6 p.m. All welcome! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue NE, Cedar Springs.

December 13, 24: Resurrection Lutheran Church welcomes you December 13, at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a Christmas play entitled, Low and Behold. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship will be December 24, at 7 p.m. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, MI. 49343. For questions please call 616-636-5502.

December 13, 25: Christmas Hymn Sing at Pioneer Church, Sunday, December 13, at 6 p.m. Located at The Cedarfield Community Center, 3592 17 Mile RD, Cedar Springs. (Next to Meijer.) We will also be having a Christmas morning service at 10 a.m.

Dec.18: Come on out Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m., to Cedar Springs Christian Church “The Old Chapel,” on the property of Creative Technologies Academy, 360 W. Pine Street. All are welcome to come and enjoy a special Candle Light Service/Christmas Carols to Celebrate of the birth of the Christ Child complete with twinkling lights surrounded by quaint barn wood, to draw hearts close to the Reason for the Season. Visit us online: wwwcedarspingschristianchurch.org, or if you have questions please call 696-1160.

Dec. 20: North Kent Community Church will present “Christmas for Congo” at the Christmas Service on Sunday, December 20, at 10 a.m. Special guest Rev. Deo Mwamba, formerly from the Congo, will share what Christmas is like in the Congo. We will celebrate with songs, themes and food, similar to how they would celebrate Christmas in the Congo. We will receive a “Christmas Love” offering to help send Treasures (Audio Bibles) to the Congo as gifts. Please invite family and friends to this Christmas Service. It will be a great time to give the gift of Christ to the Congo! NKCC is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI 49345 (just west of Pennington Rd.) Questions? Call Pastor Craig Carter at 616.550.6398.

Dec. 20: South Ensley United Methodist church welcomes you to a Christmas Evening Service on December 20 at 7:00 pm.  Join us for an evening of music, worship and birthday celebration of our Savior. 13600 Cypress Ave, Sand Lake.

Dec. 20, 24:  Hillcrest Community Church of God welcomes you on Sunday, December 20, at 10:45 a.m. to enjoy our Christmas play. Please come be a part of our audience this year, as we watch what happens when Baby Jesus leaves the building! Young and old work together to bring this adventure to life with singing and dancing and laughter…Oh my!  Sounds like fun! Then the Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be December 24 at 7:00 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  18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI. For questions please call 616-696-9333.

Dec. 24: East Nelson UMC, 9024 – 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, will be having a Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24 at 7 p.m.

December 24:  Rockford Springs Community Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24 at 9:00 p.m.  Rejoice at the birth of our Savior with fellow believers! We are located at 5815 -14 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI (2 1/2 miles East of US 131).  For questions, please call 616.696.3656.

Dec. 24: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas with a traditional worship service and Eucharist on Thursday, December 24 at 7 p.m.  All welcome. We are located at 1200 Post Drive NE, Belmont, at the corner of Pine Island and Post drives, just west of Exit 95 of US 131. Please visit our website at www.holyspiritbelmont.org.

Dec. 24/25, Jan 1 & 3:  Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Sand Lake will celebrate Our Christmas Eve/Christmas Mass schedule is Christmas Eve 7 PM and 8 a.m. Mass on Christmas; our New Year Day, Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, Mass is at 9:30 a.m. Jan, 1; (Friday Morning). On Sunday, January 3 at 10:30 AM, we will have an Epiphany Celebration which includes pageantry, music, potluck and prayer. Please bring a dish to Pass. Regular Sunday Mass Schedule is Saturdays 4 p.m., Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  Regular Religious Education and Junior High Ministry will be Dec 13,  from 6-7:30. May your Advent season be a time of refreshment and your Christmas time be joy-filled. The church is located at 1 W. Maple, Sand Lake.

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