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Think twice about giving them to children for Easter

Dyeing Easter Eggs or going on Easter Egg Hunts are a part of the holiday tradition for many families. But there is another tradition that families should consider long and hard before making a commitment: buying live bunnies and chicks.

The Kent County Health Department recommends giving children toy stuffed animals instead. Adults should consider the longevity, as well as health and safety issues, of giving bunnies or chicks to children for Easter.

Rabbits can live seven to ten years, while chickens can live into their teens. “The Kent County Animal Shelter received nearly a hundred unwanted rabbits and chickens last year,” according to Adam London, Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors. While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled.” Releasing a house-raised rabbit into the wild leaves the animal vulnerable to predators.

Raising chicks and other poultry has become popular, but it has also led to an increase in Salmonella outbreaks in humans. Salmonella is common in baby poultry and spreads from contact with the birds or their environments. Birds with Salmonella may appear healthy, but in humans, the bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, fever, and dehydration. Illness can last for up to a week and can be serious in young children, older adults, or those with weakened immune systems.

Children under the age of five should have adult supervision when handling chicks or chickens. “Be sure to wash your hands and your child’s hands thoroughly after handling chicks or chickens,” London says. “Don’t let children snuggle or kiss chicks. And never allow chicks or chickens into bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where food is prepared, stored, or eaten.”

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2013/dpk-live-poultry-salmonella.html.

If giving or receiving plants for the holiday, make sure they stay out of the reach of any pets. Some items, such as lilies and daisies, can be toxic to pets. For a complete list, check out: www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants.

 

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We have a winner!

VAL-BestLipsComing in first was #13-Kissy aka Amanda McGovern, of Sand Lake, with 171 votes. She won a dinner for two at Big Boy ($30 value); a free movie for two at the Kent Theatre with two medium combos; $50 worth of makeup from the Haircraft Company; and a month of free classes for two at Moxie’s Fitness and Health.

Coming in second was #1-Succulent aka Trisha Dart, of the City of Cedar Springs with 168 votes. She won a lotion and tanning package from Awesome Tan, a shampoo and cut from B&B Beauty Salon, and free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

Coming in third was #10-Pouty aka Micki Martin, of Sand Lake, with 112 votes. She won a $25 gift certificate from Geekworx, a chair massage from Kin of Hope, tea from Perry’s Place, and a free class from Moxie Fitness and Health.

A big thank you to all who participated—those who sent in their lips, those who voted, and all of the businesses that donated prizes! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Winners may pick up their prizes at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs on Valentines Day, Friday, February 14 between 10am-5pm. Please call 616-696-3655 if you need to make special arrangements for pick up.

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Bite-Sized Valentine’s Day treats get to the heart of the holiday

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(Family Features) Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day more than heart-shaped, homemade treats. This year, try individual treats to make each gift recipient feel extra special. You’ll love the fact that they are simple to create.

“Though small in size, mini-treats deliver a big message to all of the Valentines on your list,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Decorating these treats is quick and easy thanks to Candy Melts Candy – a pantry staple for any decorating project.”

With a little help from Wilton you can bake to your heart’s desire this Valentine’s Day.

We Heart Valentine’s Day – Hearts are by far the top shape of the season. From giant heart-shaped cookie pans to cookie cutters to Heart Pop pans, Wilton has a variety of bakeware options.

A Sweet Heart for Your Sweetheart – Create mini cakes, brownies or cookies with the Bite Sized Heart Dessert Shell pan. Once cooled, drizzle with red, pink and white colored Candy Melts candy for the perfect personalized heart-shaped treat.

Homemade Box of Chocolates – Make your own candies using shaped Candy Molds. Choose between hearts, lips, flowers and more. Fill the mold with the Candy Melts candy, color and flavor of your choice, and watch as you melt the hearts of your Valentines.

Give a Little Love – Valentine’s Day is a top gift-giving holiday. Give your made-from-the-heart homemade treats the gourmet treatment with festive packaging like heart-shaped boxes, colorful gift bags and brightly colored baking cups.

For more Valentine’s Day recipes, baking tips and gift inspiration, visit www.wilton.com.

 

Chocolate Heart Petit Fours

Makes about 40 mini cakes

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened

2/3 cup firmly-packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla

extract

2/3 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup peanut butter,

chocolate fudge ice cream topping or cherry pie filling

2 containers (14 ounces each) Choco- late or Vanilla Icing Glaze (optional)

Jumbo hearts sprinkles (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 24 cavity bite-sized heart dessert shell pan with Cake Release pan coating.

In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each pan cavity.

Bake 9-11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cool completely on cooling grid.

To decorate, place cakes on cooling grid with cookie pan below. Pipe 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter, chocolate fudge or cherry pie filling into shell; fill only to top of cavity. If desired, warm glaze according to package instructions; carefully pour over shell and tap pan to smooth. If desired, add jumbo hearts sprinkles.

 

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It’s time to VOTE for the Best Lips in Cedar Springs!

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

2013 Best Lips winner, Leah Almy

The 21st annual “Best Lips” Contest

 

Who has the most luscious lips in CedarSprings?

 

YOU be the judge – Vote below for your favorite lips!

 

The entries are in! Now, it’s your turn to be the Judge! Vote for your favorite below. The entries have been numbered and nicknamed so every entry has a fair chance to win – this is no popularity contest! Voting starts at 5pm on Thursday, February 6. You can vote once per day. Contest closes Tuesday, February 11, at 5pm. The person with the most votes at that time will be the grand prize winner. Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place winners. 

Prizes: A FREE Class from Moxie Fitness, FREE Shampoo & Cut from B&B Beauty Salon, Lotion & Tanning Pkg. from Awesome Tan, $25 Gift Certificate from Geek Worx, FREE cup of Tea from Perry’s Place llc, 15 Minute Chair Massage from Kin of Hope, $50 of makeup from Hair Craft Company, $30 Gift Certificate to Big Boy Restaurant (Cedar Springs location), 2 movie tickets and 2 medium combos from The Kent Theatre, and more!

Due to a discrepancy in the time of the closing of the polls, the winner of the Best Lips contest will be announced in Thursday’s paper. 

 

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3 easy steps to sweeten someone’s Valentine’s Day

VAL-3-easy-stepsCreative gift solutions offer a simple way to show you care

 

(BPT) – Nearly everyone has more than one special person in their life. Whether it’s a neighbor who lets the dog out, the friend who watches the kids in a pinch or a colleague who makes Mondays a little more bearable, loved ones make our days better. A simple thank you or a small thank you gift can go a long way in showing those people just how much you appreciate them.

A recent survey revealed that most people do have multiple “loves” in their lives. In fact, significant others aren’t the only ones who get Valentine’s Day gifts these days. This survey, which was commissioned by Rich Products, a leading provider to foodservice, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, showed that Valentine’s Day now extends way beyond that one special person. Forty four percent of people said that they purchase gifts for multiple people on Valentine’s Day. When asked to identify their “other loves,” friends were at the top of the list; and surprisingly, among their favorite gifts were fresh baked goods ranging from cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats. -

So to sweeten your relationships all year round, small thank you gifts are both welcomed and appreciated. And keep in mind it’s not the size of the gift that matters. Survey results show that good things come in small, personalized packages.

Give the gift of deliciousness.

To get started, remember showing your appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive and time consuming. Gifts can be purchased on your weekly (or daily) trip to the grocery store then personalized and decorated with things that you have around the house. You can stock up on these inexpensive supplies at your local craft store.

Here are some simple, low-cost steps to show someone you care:

Step 1: Visit the bakery department in your local grocery store for a variety of fresh and delicious options. From frosted cookies, to cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and doughnuts, you’ll find a treat to please everyone on your list – and there’s no baking involved.

Step 2: Personalize each gift by selecting a baked good and using basic art or wrapping supplies (think ribbon spools and tissue paper leftover from Christmas) that you have around the house to dress up your gifts.

Step 3: Attach a personalized, handwritten note on a piece of construction paper or cardstock. Cut the paper to size, punch a hole to thread a ribbon through and tie it to your gift.

Other ideas for a quick and easy do-it-yourself ways to dress up your gift:

* Homemade gift bags: Cut hearts out of construction paper and glue onto a lunch bag.

* Decorative plates: Find inexpensive, seasonal or colored ceramic plates at your local discount store and wrap with cellophane and a bow.

* Sweet surprise: Grab a small gift box, place some tissue inside, add your selected baked good and tie with a colored bow. Make sure that the baked good is secure in the box. You don’t want it to crumble.

For more simple and creative gifting and packaging ideas, visit the Bakery Because Pinterest board at www.pinterest.com/bakerybecause.

 

 

 

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Christmas Coloring Contest Winners

Winner for  Age Group 3-4 yrs: Paige Metzger age 4 of Cedar Springs

Winner for
Age Group 3-4 yrs:
Paige Metzger
age 4
of Cedar Springs

Winner for  Age Group 5-7 yrs: Grace Olivia Ader age 7 of Sand Lake
Winner for
Age Group 5-7 yrs:
Grace Olivia Ader
age 7
of Sand Lake

Winner for  Age Group 8-10 yrs: Ariana Watkins age 9 of Cedar Springs

Winner for
Age Group 8-10 yrs:
Ariana Watkins
age 9
of Cedar Springs

 

 

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Merry Christmas from The POST

ILoveThePOST-Christmas

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Santa spotted in Sand Lake

N-Santa-Sand-Lake-Rostic-webOlivia Rostic 2, was all smiles with Santa at the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library last Saturday, December 14. Olivia had a lot to share with Santa and told him all about what she wanted for Christmas. To see more Santa photos click here.

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Kids enjoy Sand Lake fun

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Berkley, age 3, and Sullivan Armstrong, 8 months, are shown enjoying the festivities at the Sand Lake VFW Friday night, December 13. They reportedly loved the bounce house, hot wheels track and decorating star cupcakes with their grandma and grandpa Ruth and Donald Armstrong.

 

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Gingerbread houses a hit

N-Gingerbread-webFamilies flocked to the Cedar Springs Public Library last Saturday, December 14, to join in the fun tradition of making gingerbread houses for Christmas.

According Library Director Donna Clark, 107 people came to the library, with 28 children decorating the houses with either parents or grandparents.

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